Healthy Recipes

Snack Smart with this Protein-Packed Salad

Swap out the brown rice with this lesser-known, nutritious grain.

by MS, RD
Black Rice Fruit Salad
Travis Rathbone
Calories 373
Protein 17g
Fat 7g
Carbs 67g
Travis Rathbone

Chef's Tip

Black Rice Fruit Salad Servings: 4
You'll need
  • 3/4 cup black (Forbidden) rice
  • salt
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 2 cups strawberries, quartered
  • 2 bananas, sliced into ½-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup sliced basil
  • 1/3 cup unsalted roasted cashews
  • 1 juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

The duo of protein and carbs makes this salad a standout post-workout snack option. Use banana with a slight green tinge on its skin so it won’t go mushy in the salad. Pineapple, raspberries, almonds, and mint can replace the mango, strawberries, cashews, and basil, if desired.

SEE ALSO: Get Your Grains for Breakfast

Nutrition Bonus

Black rice (not to be confused with wild rice) has the same disease-fighting anthocyanin antioxidants found in blueberries. Take that, brown rice!

1. Place rice, 1½ cups water, and a couple pinches of salt in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer covered for 25 minutes, or until rice is tender and water has absorbed. Set aside covered for 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork.
2. In a large bowl, toss together rice, mango, strawberries, bananas, basil, cashews, and lime juice. In a separate bowl, stir together lime zest, yogurt, and honey. Top salad with yogurt.