Forbidden Black Rice Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette

Forbidden black rice salad with wasabi vinaigrette, strawberries, edamame, and avocado is not only enticing for your eyes with it’s vibrant colours, it’ll also make your taste buds come alive with its sensational and unusual flavour combination.

The sweet tartness of the strawberries pairs perfectly with creamy avocado, and the vinegarette has a mild wasabi flavour to add the perfect zing to enlighten your senses. The almonds and edamame add a fun tactile texture and crunch to the soft rice.

It’s the perfect salad for your spring and summer gatherings, and you’ll be sure to impress your guests with the intriguing flavours of this vibrantly coloured dish.

A hessian bag of uncooked black rise surrounded by fresh strawberries, pea tendrils, and an avocado cut in half
The ingredients
A white bowl containing forbidden black rice salad with strawberries, edamame, and avocado, and wasabi vinaigrette
Forbidden Black Rice Salad with Strawberry, Edamame, Avocado, and Wasabi Vinaigrette
A white bowl containing forbidden black rice salad with strawberries, edamame, and avocado, and wasabi vinaigrette

Forbidden Black Rice Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette

Course: Large Meals, Side Dishes, Small Meals
Cuisine: Salad
Keyword: Asian, Cold Food, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Option, Pescatarian, Refined Sugar-Free, Salad, Savoury, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Yeast-Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3 mains (or 6 side dishes)
Calories: 576 kcal
Author: Silvia Morris

Forbidden black rice salad with wasabi vinaigrette is an eye-catching dish that'll stimulate your taste buds with it's unusual yet incredible flavours.




  • 1 cup black rice
  • 1 cup edamame peas shell removed
  • 1 avocado
  • 250 g fresh strawberries cut in half lengthwise (remove the stems, but you can leave the edible leaves on for a more attractive presentation)
  • cup roasted almonds optional
  • pea tendrils to garnish, or substitute with watercress or other microgreens


  • 1 tsp wasabi paste
  • 2 Tbsp mirin
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Wash and drain the rice, and then cook it per the packet instructions. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Boil the edamame peas in water for 5 minutes, then drain and set aside to cool.

  3. Roughly crush the almonds using a mortar and pestle, leaving some large chunks to give it texture.
  4. In a small bowl mix all the vinaigrette ingredients until well combined.
  5. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, then remove the pip and the skin. Cut each of those halves in half lengthwise, and then finely slice it without separating the pieces.
  6. Add the rice to a large bowl, top with strawberries, edamame, fanned out avocado slices, almonds, and some microgreens to garnish. Drizzle the vinaigrette all over the salad. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • You can find edamame peas in the freezer section at most Asian grocers.
  • You can use whichever black rice you have on hand. After trying several different types of rice, I found that forbidden black rice has the best texture for this dish as its short grain texture is similar to sushi rice.
Nutrition Facts
Forbidden Black Rice Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 576 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 488mg 20%
Potassium 927mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 73g 24%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 9g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 72.2%
Calcium 11%
Iron 18.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Please read the Silvobeat nutritional facts disclaimer.

Making This Recipe?

I love that! Please share a photo of your creation with me @silvobeat on Instagram by tagging it #silvobeatrecipes.