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Black Rice, Mango and Avocado Salad

A mix of black rice, mango, red onion, parsley, and avocado tossed in a delightful, oil-free cilantro lime vinaigrette that demonstrates the brilliance of simple, fresh ingredients.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 6 1x
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  • 1 1/2 cups black rice, uncooked
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, fresh, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup almonds, roasted (optional)


  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp garlic, fresh, minced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste


  1. Rinse black rice then place in a medium saucepan with 2 3/4 cups water.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer until water is absorbed about 30-40 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add vinaigrette ingredients to a food processor and pulse for 15-30 seconds until combined.
  4. When rice has finished cooking, remove from stove and place in a bowl.
  5. Cool for about 10 minutes then stir in vinaigrette.
  6. Cover and refrigerate until fully cooled, about 1 hour.
  7. Remove and toss rice with mango, cilantro (optional), parsley, and red onion.
  8. Scoop into individual salad bowls and top with avocado and almonds (optional).
  9. Serve.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.