Bejeweled Black Rice

This is one of the most amazing rice recipes I’ve ever tasted.  It is absolutely delicious!  It is by Rebecca Katz, a cook and award winning cookbook author.  I make this rice frequently, and I often pair with roasted salmon.  Enjoy!



  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup black rice


  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 scallion, minced
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 avocado, cut in ½ inch dice


  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Grade B Maple Syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt

In a pot, bring the water and salt to a boil, then stir in the rice. Cover, lower the heat for 20 to 25 minutes, then check the rice.  It should be tender, but still with a nice chew.

Fluff the rice with a fork, then transfer it to a bowl and allow it to cool.

Put all of the ingredients of the vinaigrette into a blender and blend until smooth. 

Take the rice, vinaigrette and the remaining ingredients (celery, red bell pepper, scallion, mint, and avocado) and combine. 


I hope you enjoy this recipe and that it helps you live a better life.  I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below. 

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About Bell Peppers

  • Bell peppers are in the nightshade family of plants, along with the chili pepper, cayenne pepper, eggplant, tomato, and potato
  • They can come in colors as various as green, yellow, orange, red, purple, brown, and black

Nutrient Profile:

  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory phytonutrients
  • Vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6, B2, and B1
  • Folate
  • Molybdenum
  • Vitamin E
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Niacin
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin K
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium

Health Benefits:

  • Antioxidant benefits
  • Anti-cancer benefits

Selection and Storage:

  • Choose peppers with vivid colors, taut skin, and no soft spots, blemishes, or darkened area
  • Peppers should be heavy for their size and firm
  • Peppers that have not yet reached their optimal ripeness will actually increase in nutrients when left in the refrigerator for ten days or less
  • Store them unwashed and uncut with a damp paper towel in the vegetable compartment for seven to ten days
  • Wash under cold running water before use
  • If it has been waxed, scrub it gently with a natural-bristled brush
  • Cook on low heat for short periods to preserve nutrients

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