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    Chinese Black Rice Orange and Avocado Salad

    Chinese Black Rice Orange and Avocado Salad. Photo by FLKeysJen

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    Engrossed's Note:

    From: "Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way" by Lorna Sass. "China meets the Southwest in this unusual fusion salad. Glistening Chinese black rice--usually sold under the label Forbidden Black Rice--set off against bright orange segments and avocado's pale green gives the mixture striking visual appeal." *Time does not include time it takes to cook rice.

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    • 2 cups cooked black rice (or cooked Wehani) or 2 cups cooked wild rice (or cooked Wehani)
    • 2 cups oranges, peeled and diced
    • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
    • 1/4 cup raw unsalted pumpkin seeds, toasted
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest, grated
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
    • 1/8 teaspoon dried chipotle powder
    • 1 ripe Hass avocado, peeled and pitted and cut into 1/2-inch dice
    • 4 large lettuce leaves (lettuce cups)
    • orange wedge, to garnish (optional)


    1. 1
      In a bowl, combine the cooked rice, oranges, orange juice, pumpkin seeds, orange zest, salt, and chipotle.
    2. 2
      Gently mix in the avocado. Add more salt, if needed.
    3. 3
      Place a lettuce cup on each plate and spoon the salad into the lettuce cups.
    4. 4
      Garnish with orange wedges, if desired.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 07, 2008


      I made this recipe with some leftover black rice I had from a previous meal. This made a nice light lunch. The contrast of flavors was excellent.

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    • on October 27, 2007


      I love black rice! I once asked my cooking teacher about it and she said that when she grew up in China,only very wealthy people could afford it. Lucky for us,it's available in Asian markets ($2.39 for a huge bag at mine) and anyone who hasn't tried it should - wild rice would not be as good in this recipe or have the beautiful color contrast. I substituted mandarin oranges and also used juice from the can since sweet goes well with the black was a glorious combo with the chipotle. Tired of stir-fried veggies? This is a great alternative to serve with an Asian main dish.

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    • on May 08, 2012


      I found this salad under-whelming.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chinese Black Rice Orange and Avocado Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (301 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 486.4
    Calories from Fat 60
    Total Fat 6.7 g
    Saturated Fat 1.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 158.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 97.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.4 g
    Sugars 10.0 g
    Protein 9.2 g

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