Spicy Mango & Avocado Rice Bowl

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It’s been feeling summery around here, so I say – let’s bring on the colorful food!

Lately, I’ve been slightly obsessed with these black rice veggie sushi rolls that are new-ish at (our) Whole Foods. One in particular includes mango, avocado and cucumber and I find myself craving it all the time. I’ve had it on my list to recreate it for you for awhile now, but the idea of rolling sushi has felt too labor intensive.

For us, at-home sushi making is “sometimes” food. It’s reserved for those special nights when the sake is flowing and we have nothing but extra time… which doesn’t describe our evenings lately. But this combo was SO good that I thought I’d make it into a more accessible deconstructed bowl version. If you start your rice ahead of time, it’s quick to put together and it keeps well in the fridge. We ate it for dinner last night, I ate it for lunch today, you know the drill….

I get my forbidden black rice in the bulk bins – if you can’t find it, you could just as easily sub in brown rice or another grain.

4.9 from 18 reviews

Spicy Mango & Avocado Rice Bowl

Recipe type: main dish
Serves: about 4
  • 2 cups cooked black forbidden rice, or other grain
  • 1 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • drizzle of tamari
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • a few radishes, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • lime slices
  • handful of chopped cilantro (or basil or mint)
coconut peanut sauce:
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk (full fat or light, from a can or box)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • optional - minced garlic and/or ginger
  1. Cook black rice as you would brown rice (I use a rice cooker). Ratio is 1 cup rice to 2 cups water.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Pat tofu dry, slice into cubes and toss with drizzle of olive oil and tamari. Arrange on baking sheet and bake until golden brown around the edges. About 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and toss with a little sriracha to coat the outside of the tofu.
  4. While your tofu bakes, mix together the sauce ingredients. (I do this in a jar with a tight lid - shake until combined). Taste and adjust seasonings.
  5. Assemble bowls with mango, scallions, shredded red cabbage, radishes, cucumber, avocado cilantro and tofu. Serve with coconut sauce, extra sriracha and lime slices.
Store leftovers in an air tight container in the refrigerator. If you're planning on storing longer than 1 day, keep your avocado separate and dice it as you're ready to eat. (Avocado storage tip: keep sliced-open avocados in a sealed plastic bag with a chunk of onion - it should last 2-3 days).

Store sauce separately in the fridge - if it firms up overnight, stir in a little water to thin it out.



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  1. I love the deconstructed idea! I made a deconstructed chicken and leek pot pie to save time too and it makes for better leftovers, doesn’t it? Can’t wait to try this recipe, yum! – Charlie


  2. Heather from Currently-craving.com

    I love the sound of this combo! I’ve had some black rice in my pantry for a while now, and this might just be the time to use it. I hear you on the sushi making – I love doing it but it’s a once in a while type of thing.

  3. Coconut Peanut Sauce YUMMM! Need to make that!

  4. Kathryn from londonbakes.com

    I love this! So bright and fresh.

  5. I haven’t seen the black rice sushi rolls at Whole Foods yet but I bet they are stunning. I love how colorful your interpretation of this roll is. It truly is the perfect springtime salad and I can’t wait to add this to my lunchtime rotation.

  6. Emma from coconutandberries.com

    I love mango and avocado together and funnily enough I was looking at a pre-packaged salad when out today and it had a peanut-coconut sauce I was thinking I’d have to recreate!
    This salad looks spot on.

  7. Erica from nommable.com

    This looks so bright and happy! I love peanut sauces, and yours sounds especially delicious with the coconut added to it. Thanks for the dinner inspiration! 🙂

  8. This looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to try it out!!
    I have just started my own food, cake, reviews and diy blog and I would really appreciate if you could check it out and possibly comment and follow, when I have some more content!
    Thanks xx

  9. Black rice is such an awesome grain! It looks so pretty with vibrant colored fruits and veggies.

    I have also made salad with black rice and mango. I got inspired by Ottolenghi’s recipe for “Soba noodles with eggplant and mango” but I replaced soba noodles with black rice – I think it worked really well 🙂

  10. I love every single ingredient in this bowl, but I think the star of the show is definitely the coconut-peanut sauce! I can’t wait to recreate this soon. I’m hoping I can find black rice easily enough–but I’ll take any excuse to make a special trip to Whole Foods!

  11. Nobody can beat a healthy recipes like this one, i just love it…

  12. Oh gosh, this bowl is definitely for me. That coconut peanut sauce…..wow! Even though it doesn’t feel like summer here, this brightness is exactly what we need.

  13. Nothing like a colorful bowl to bring out your appetite! The color combination of avocado, tofu red cabbage and black rice is gorgeous! A serious feast for the eyes!

    Juju Sprinkles

  14. Rachel

    If you’re ever in NYC you have to try Beyond Sushi! They have a couple locations now – one of them is in Chelsea Market. All their sushi is vegan and made on forbidden black rice. So delicious and flavorful.

  15. Charlotte

    Perfect for mango season! I made this tonight for dinner and used barley instead of forbidden rice (what I had on hand). It was absolutely delicious!

    • jeanine

      Hi Charlotte – I’m so glad you liked!

  16. Made this bowl last night and it was creamy, crunchy, sweet, and spicy. So many flavors but they came together seamlessly. Thanks for another simple and delicious recipe perfect for any night of the week!

    • jeanine

      thanks Katie! I’m so glad you liked it…

  17. Molly from spicesinmydna.com

    Made these tonight for dinner and OMG..they were phenomenal…my mom and I couldn’t stop talking about how good they were…they are being added to the weekly rotation. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!!!

    • jeanine

      Hi Molly – I’m so glad to hear this one’s on your weekly rotation, glad you liked!

  18. Emily

    Made this for dinner tonight. It’s my first time cooking tofu in a decade. My family was very suspect – but this was really quite delicious! The flavors blended wonderfully & it looked beautiful. I will definitely be making it again!!

  19. Rachael

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic. So good and something to feel good about. Thanks for the recipe, it’s one for the books!

  20. Mrs. G.

    I made this for dinner last night, and it was fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly, except that I substituted some sautéed shrimp for the baked tofu. It was absolutely delicious, and will definitely be going in my dinner repertoire!

  21. Jessica

    For someone who has a peanut allergy – do you have a suggestion for an alternative sauce?

    • jeanine

      Hi Jessica, if you can have almonds, replace the peanut butter with almond butter.

  22. Katie Jane

    Made this for dinner last night! It was delicious!

    What’s perfect about this recipe is how deconstructed it is. My family is comprised of carnivores and herbivores and these recipes are perfect because I don’t have to make two meals. Keep up the good work 😀

  23. Paula

    I made this recently and it was absolutely delicious. I doubled the recipe for four adults, and we almost finished it off that night. One of my new favorite meals!

  24. carmyn from carmynjoy.com

    i’ve made this about ten times already and love it sooooo much. thank you!

  25. Sarah

    Recommendation on a rice cooker?

  26. Tenley

    Thank you for another recipe including your coconut peanut sauce and that amazing cabbage. I had a half a head of cabbage leftover plus extra peanut sauce from the tempeh tacos that I made twice this week:)
    This recipe didn’t mention dousing the cabbage in lime juice, but I did it anyway because it as so amazing in the tacos. So glad I did-it rocked my world in this bowl. I did fry the tofu in coconut oil instead of baking it–it’s a healthy fat, right?–but the sriracha made it even better, especially with the peanut sauce. I’ll definitely make this again.

    • stephanie

      heh, I pan-fried the tofu in coconut oil, too 🙂 Delicious!

  27. Erin

    Was delicious but I had some difficulty with the rice! It was still kinda crunchy :/ but I don’t have a rice cooker so maybe that’s the problem. Doin’ it the old-fashioned way! Great recipe! Will definitely make again.

  28. Guia Compras

    Looks very yummy…

  29. stephanie

    Made this tonight – a definite hit!! I wasn’t sure about the sauce when I tasted it; I wondered whether the natural peanut butter was too bland, so I added a pinch or two of sugar, and it definitely helped it come together. And my poor sad little limes didn’t give quite enough juice. But even so, on the bowls it was pretty great as it was 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Stephanie, I’m glad you enjoyed the bowls!

  30. Cynthia

    I usually not a fan of tofu ( a texture thing) but this was amazing!! I will never cook tofu another way! The bowl was so good, the sweet and salty and i had forgotten how much I love forbidden rice! Thank you so much for such a great recipe! My husband and I are now fans!

  31. This was a wonderful recipe – great tip making the sauce in a mason jar. So much easier to just shake all the ingredients together when it comes to peanut butter. Brilliant!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yay, I’m so glad it was a hit!

  32. Kate S

    This is my number one favorite recipe for dinner. I make it at least once a week. Thanks so much!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so happy to hear that it’s made it to the regular rotation!

      • Kirstin

        I don’t have mango today. What do you think about replacing mango with pineapple?

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          Hi Kirstin, I think pineapple would work ok – I’d just use less of it because it’s much sweeter than mango. Hope that helps!

  33. Julia

    What I love about this recipe that it is bright and colourful with so many different yummy ingredients! I had it for dinner and it was superb! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Julia, I’m so glad you loved it!

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