Feel fabulous this holiday season and year with this fresh and easy Low FODMAP Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, and Forbidden Rice.

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The holiday season is just starting to get into full swing. If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year you might indulge (a little) more than usual, yet still want to keep your waistline from expanding AND feel great at the same time–>i.e. full of energy, but not full of bloat!

That’s where this delicious bloat-busting Low FODMAP Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, and Forbidden Rice Salad {vegan, gluten-free} comes in handy. The recipe is from the 21-Day Tummy Cookbook: 150 All-new recipes That Shrink, Soothe, and Satisfy, by Liz Vaccariello and Kate Scarlata.

I have to say that I absolutely LOVE this salad, and I know you will too! Forbidden Rice is one of my favorites (check out my luscious dessert, Forbidden Rice with Nectarines and Maple Coconut Cashew Cream!}.

Rich in anthocyanins and health-promoting phytochemicals, Forbidden Rice has a lovely nutty texture with just a hint of sweetness to it, plus, it’s a good source of magnesium, a mineral that many fall short on.

Read more about the importance of magnesium here: 8 Tasty Foods High in Magnesium You Should Be Eating.

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Forbidden Rice Salad Recipe in a white bowl with fresh herbs in the background

Forbidden Rice Salad W/ Tomato, Bell Pepper, & Cilantro

Fresh, fast, and chock full of nutrients, this Cherry Tomato and Forbidden Rice Salad makes a delicious main dish or simple side to enjoy any time of the year!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2/3 cup black rice, Forbidden Rice or Black Japonica
  • 5 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons ginger juice*
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces large cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro


  • Cook the rice: In a large saucepan, combine the rice, water, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a high simmer, partially cover, and cook for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Drain well.
  • Chop the vegetables: Cut cherry tomatoes in half, chop bell pepper into small, bite size pieces, loosely chop cilantro.
  • Make the dressing: Whisk together the lime zest, ginger juice, oil, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium to large serving bowl.
  • Make the salad: Add the warm rice to the dressing in the bowl and toss to combine. Let the rice cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, bell pepper, and cilantro to the rice. Toss again. Serve at room temperature or chilled.


Ingredient Swaps

  • Not a cilantro lover? Use any favorite fresh herbs in season.
  • Swap the lime juice/zest with lemon juice/zest.
* To make ginger juice grate about 3 inches of fresh ginger and then press it in a fine-mesh sieve to extract the juice. You can also by ginger juice in bottles.
Reprinted with permission from Reader's Digest. Copyright © 2014 by the Reader's Digest Association, Inc.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 464mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 71.3mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP, Mediterranean, Vegan
Keyword easy rice salad, Forbidden rice recipes
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