For 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.

The 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?

This 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!

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