Low FODMAP Cherry Tomato & Forbidden Rice Salad

Forbidden Rice Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Bell Peppers

Feel fabulous this holiday season, and all year long with this fresh and easy Low FODMAP Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, and Forbidden Rice, then enter my giveaway for a chance to win a Balanced Box for a Digestive Peace of Mind.Update 12/15/14: The giveaway has ended-thanks to all who participated!
The holiday season is just starting to get in to full swing, and if you’re anything like me, this is the time of year you might, ahem, 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. along with this super fun Balanced Box for a Digestive Peace of Mind from my fellow dietitian friend, and digestive health expert, Kate Scarlata, RDN.

Although Kate developed the Balanced Box with her low FODMAP clients in mind, I think anyone who experiences a little bloating or other tummy troubles from time-to-time (read: most all of us!) would be thrilled to win this Balanced Box for a little pampering over the holidays. Don’t you??

Balanced Box for a Digestive Peace of Mind

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+ 5 tasty food samples hand selected from some of Kate’s favorite companies {all are gluten-free} including Nature’s Path Organic Foods, Sarabeth’s, Boyajian, and Bob’s Red Mill.

+ Exclusive low FODMAP and gluten-free belly friendly recipes that everyone will love.

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Details on how to enter the giveaway are below, but first I can’t wait to share this super easy AND “feel delicious” Cherry Tomato and Forbidden Rice Salad with you today from the 21-Day Tummy Cookbook: 150 All-new recipes That Shrink, Soothe, and Satisfy, by Liz Vaccariello and Kate Scarlata.

Cherry Tomato and Forbidden Rice Salad
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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Forbiddden Rice Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Bell Peppers

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, health promoting phytochemicals, Forbidden Rice has a lovely nutty texture, with just a hint of sweetness to it, plus its a good source of magnesium, a mineral that many fall short on. Read more about the importance of magnesium here–>Marvelous Magnesium {Part 2} Food, Supplements & Recipes for Optimal Health.

Click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter the Balanced Box Giveaway are below, plus be sure and check back next week for another fun giveaway where I’ll be sharing a review and one more recipe from the 21-Day Tummy cookbook, PLUS you’ll have a chance to win your own copy of the book!

Happy Holidays!!!

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Note: I was sent a free Balanced Box for a Digestive Peace of Mind to review and share with my readers and clients. I was not compensated to write this post. As always my reviews and opinions are 100% my own.