This colorful and nutritious Black Rice Salad with Shrimp & Mango Salsa is LOADED with vibrant flavours! Perfect for a quick lunch, or as a side for your next picnic or BBQ party!

This Black Rice Salad with Shrimps & Mango Salsa always gets amazing reviews from my family and friends! It’s super easy to prep, bursting with flavour and packed with healthy goodness.

This salad has quickly become one of my favorite lunch options lately. I love that is so quick to make, packed with nutrients, and SO refreshing.

As an added bonus, this Black Rice Salad with Shrimps & Mango Salsa is also gluten-free and dairy-free. Plus, you can easily double up the ingredients, and store the extra portions in the fridge for a quick grab-and-go lunch option during the week.

Have you ever tried black rice?

venere black rice salad with shrimps and mango salsa in a bowlFor this recipe, I’ve used the Italian Venere rice, which has an unexpected hearty and nutty flavour, plus contains tons of nutrients such as iron, vitamins and fiber and is also naturally gluten-free.

If you can’t find Italian Venere rice, go for the Chinese version called forbidden black rice. I haven’t tried it yet, but I reckon wild rice would work well too.

Did I mention black rice is SO pretty? It really makes a wonderful addition to a colourful veggie-loaded salad!

Easy fuss-free Black Rice Salad with Shrimps And Mango Salsa

This Black Rice Salad with Shrimps & Mango Salsa is just WAY too easy to make, and requires just a little bit of veggie chopping up and a pressure cooker to cook the rice.venere black rice salad with shrimps and mango, pepper, red onion, spring onion, shrimps in a bowlThe salad is ready in just 30 minutes and is made with incredibly simple ingredients: black rice, mango, red bell pepper, cooked shrimps, spring onion, red onion and cilantro.

I decided to add a Mexican-style twist and combine the nutty flavour of black rice with a refreshing mango salsa, and gosh what a great combo!

The rice soaks up all the tangy and vibrant mango salsa flavors, but keeps a nice crunchy texture, so you don’t end up with a soggy rice salad. I’ve tried many rice salads over the years, and most of the time the rice texture tends to be disappointingly soft and moist.

So, if you like your rice to keep its texture very well, I totally recommend this Italian variety of black rice.

What kind of dressing should you use?

venere black rice salad with shrimps and mango salsa in a bowl, with lime and chili pepper on sideThis black rice salad is super versatile, and you can pair it pretty much with any of your favourite dressings.

I’ve kept mine plain and simple this time, seasoning with just a glug of olive oil, lime juice and a pinch of fresh chili pepper for a nice spicy kick.

A few of my other favorite ways to dress up this amazing black rice salad include pea pesto or arugula pesto, but chimichurri sauce works wonderfully too.

If you’re looking for an easy spring & summer meal that is bursting with healthy goodness and is quick to make, this Black Rice Salad with Shrimps & Mango Salsa is sure to become a favorite!


Black Rice Salad with Shrimp & Mango Salsa
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This colorful and nutritious Black Rice Salad with Shrimp & Mango Salsa is LOADED with vibrant flavours! Perfect for a quick lunch, or as a side for your next picnic or BBQ party!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Modern
Serves: 4
For the rice:
  • 200gr black rice (Venere rice or Forbidden rice)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt
For the shrimp & mango salsa
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and finely diced
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 200 gr freshly cooked shrimps
For the dressing:
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ fresh red chili, finely minced (optional)
  • sea salt & black pepper
  1. Place the rice in a fine colander over a large bowl, and rinse under fresh running water, until the water in the bowl is no longer purple, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Combine black rice, water, a glug of oil and salt in the pressure cooker pot. Lock the lid on, select high pressure mode and cook for 20 minutes. When the timer goes off, remove the lid to release excess steam, transfer the rice into a large bowl and allow to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all the salad ingredients: diced mango, onion, red pepper. coriander and cooked shrimps. Season with salt and pepper to taste, fold the cooled rice and mix all the ingredients together.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the dressing ingredients: olive oil, lime juice, chopped red chili (optional), and season to taste.
  5. Pour dressing over the salad, mix well all ingredients and serve.
  6. Store leftover salad in airtight containers for up to 2 days.
Pressure cooker: All rice cookers are different. Start with a small batch the first time, so you can easily make adjustments to the cooking time and the amount of water you need.
Shrimps: you can cook the fresh (or defrosted) shrimps in different ways: steamed, grilled, stir-fried.


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