Fiesta Brown Rice Salad

This Fiesta Brown Rice Salad is a great side dish or an easy, meatless, packable lunch for those warmer summer months. Fresh, colorful, and chock-full of both nutrients and healthy fats.

Fiesta Brown Rice Salad

Back in February, you may recall the Oscar project I participated in organized by one of my blog BFF’s Haley, from Cheap Recipe Blog. I made these scrummy Texas Glazed Pecans inspired by the movie Hell or High Water.

Recently, Haley reached out to see if a few bloggers were interested in a Mexican themed recipe collaboration to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I was in like Flynn. I am a HUGE fan of all things Mexican food. Much of it centers around fresh flavours and often scratch cooking. Also fun? Partnering with other bloggers and sharing their creativity.

Fiesta Brown Rice Salad

It’s been slowly showing signs of spring here in Vancouver and I’m determined to help it along by cooking as though the warm weather has already arrived. The cloudy skies say soup, but I’m saying salad. If there is salad on the table, the weather must fall into suit, right? Please say I’m right. It’s been raining since October.

The sunshine on this salad is the creamy chunks of avocado. What would we do without the glorious avocado in our lives? Eat more cheese, probably. 😉

Fiesta Brown Rice Salad

And if you thought you were getting away with a post that didn’t involve my Instant Pot, then you my friend, were dead wrong. 😉 I used my IP to make the brown rice (always perfect!) and I also prepared the black beans from dried using my wonder appliance. Making beans in the IP is a huge money saver, especially if you’re like me and spent the big bucks on the non-BPA lined tins. Post upcoming with a how-to on the beans!

In the meantime, enjoy this lovely fresh salad alongside some chili lime chicken or use it as a burrito filler. It keeps well in the fridge and it is wonderful as leftovers. I actually reinvented the salad  bit for lunch the next day using the leftovers by adding a few cups of chopped romaine and some salsa. Packed up nice and easy to bring with me to work.


Fiesta Brown Rice

Scroll to the bottom for the Fiesta Brown Rice Salad recipe, but first! … Check out these other Mexican themed recipes from these talented bloggers:

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

DIY Guacamole Bar by Haley from Cheap Recipe Blog

Refried Beans by Greta from Pickles Travel

Margarita Tart with Tortilla Chip Crust by Suzanne from Flour Arrangements

Crispy Lemongrass Chicken Tacos by Joyce from Pups with Chopsticks

Enjoy the flavours and celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

This salad was based on this yummy recipe!

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Fiesta Brown Rice Salad – Gluten Free + Vegan

Sharon Rhodes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 265 kcal



  • Cook brown rice and set aside to cool
  • Chop red pepper, onion and garlic and stir together in a large mixing bowl. Add the black beans and stir again. Season with sea salt & cayenne and stir again. Add the avocado oil, lime zest & lime and stir. Finally fold in the cilantro
  • Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Stir before serving. Top each portion with cubes of avocado (and salsa if you have it!)


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 558mgPotassium: 446mgFiber: 7gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 730IUVitamin C: 34.2mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1.7mg
Keyword cold rice salad, cold rice salad recipes, fiesta brown rice salad
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    1. Thanks Lynne! Welcome. Please let me know what you try and how you enjoyed it. I love the feedback. 🙂

  1. This rice salad looks delicious with the avocado on top. I haven’t made a rice salad in ages. It looks so good. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. I am so with you on cooking for warm weather, and this salad looks perfect for it! I love its versatility, too! Can’t wait to make it!

    1. Thanks Kelly! I’ve been loving this salad as leftovers. The flavours get even better after a day or two! 🙂 Hope you enjoy.

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