Mango Cucumber Rice Salad

Well, that’s it guys! I’m off to beautiful and hopefully sunny Cuba. In a few hours, I will have both my feet buried in the sand and will be staring at the grandiosity of the gorgeous turquoise ocean. Oh bliss!

But let’s do one more recipe before I go, shall we?

This one started with a picture…

You know the kind of picture that just makes you stop and stare and totally lose track of time? The kind of picture that just leaves an imprint in your mind and will not let you find rest until you’ve finally tasted the dish that was so beautifully portrayed?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to me when I saw Natalie’s beautiful Mango-Cucumber Rice Salad. I just wanted to grab a fork and reach through my computer screen. That salad looked so fresh, so summery, so tasty, so amazingly beautiful!

I just had to have it.

I didn’t waste any time and added the recipe to my Must Try List, although it wasn’t really necessary. I knew there was not a chance in the world that I’d forget about it, especially since I knew I was going to try it way sooner than later.

It didn’t take long before it made it to my weekly menu.

Mango Cucumber Rice Salad | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Hmmmmm! This salad is good. I mean, really. It’s just as good as it Natalie’s looks (hers looks sooooo much better than mine ;) ). For real, this salad is to summer as chicken fried rice is to winter. It’s sweet, it’s tangy, it’s crunchy and fresh, and it’s got just a little kick from the jalapeno.


No doubt this one would make an awesome contribution to any potluck dinner, or a lovely dish to bring on your next picnic.  It sure would be a nice change from the more traditional macaroni salad… Got some leftover? Lucky for you! You now have yourself a gorgeous lunch to bring to work. I am telling you, you will be looking forward to lunch time. :D

There’s only one small tiny little detail that I would change. Next time, I will use short grain rice instead of long grain, as long grain rice tends to become somewhat hard when it’s cold, whereas short grain doesn’t.

Millet could be a good alternative also… Oh, and I left the quinoa out too, but I will definitely reinstate it!

What was I thinking, leaving quinoa out?  I mean, I love quinoa! Had I completely lost my mind?

I’m strange like that, sometimes…

Mango Cucumber Rice Salad

Yield: Serves 4

Mango Cucumber Rice Salad


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ½ cup wild rice
  • Zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • ½ of an English cucumber, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup toasted almonds, chopped


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil over high heat. Add about 2 tsp of salt to the water, then add the wild rice.
  2. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 30 minutes, then add the brown rice to the water. Cook for an additional 25-30 minutes or so until rice is tender. Drain and and rinse under cold water until grains have cooled. Shake off excess water.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the lime juice and zest, honey, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  4. Add the rice, mango, cucumber, jalapeno, green and red onions, and almonds and toss to combine.
  5. Adjust seasoning and serve immediately or refrigerate for a few hours to allow flavors to blend.


Adapted from Perry's Plate

Mango Cucumber Rice Salad | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Mango Cucumber Rice Salad | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Mango Cucumber Rice Salad | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Mango Cucumber Rice Salad | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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  1. says

    I just posted this recipe today and now going through my Google reader I saw that you posted it yesterday! I guess Natalie’s picture had an effect on many people :)

    Your pictures of it are gorgeous too – I love that serving bowl! And I like how you changed up the dressing by losing the oil.

    • says

      Thanks Genevieve! Funny that we both posted the exact same recipe at a day’s interval… Natalie’s pictures look so good, no wonder we all wanted to try it! I like your version too and I took the liberty of adding the link to your post in your comment.

      As for losing the oil, I tend to do that a lot! I don’t care much for the “oily” feeling in my salads, and I find most of the time, losing it completely doesn’t really affect the outcome. So why not? ;)

      • says

        Thanks for the link!
        And I agree – oily dressings (especially on pasta!) are one of my pet peeves…So I appreciate your approach to cooking!

  2. says

    Thank you for your sweet comments! And pah-leeze… your photos are gorgeous! I love that they have an airy quality… that’s something I’m still trying to figure out how to do. I’m so glad you liked the salad! You can thank FN Mag for the original :)

    • says

      Thank you Natalie. Funny, I’m always amazed at how you can get so close to food and still have it look good. I feel when I get too close to my food, it completely looses its appeal! And for the record, I still think that you managed to capture that salad way better than I did! :D

  3. says

    I am so happy I found your site through Tasteologie! I love finding healthy, delicious recipes:-) This salad sounds so good, with the combination of sweet and spicy! I look forward to enjoying your site:-) Take care, Terra

  4. Celia says

    Hi! Looking for a print button for this wonderful creation. Is there one and I just missed it?

    • says

      Sorry Celia, there used to be one, but with the new design, I had to lose that plugin and now need to enter each recipe individually in the new plugin for the print button to be available. I’ll get right on it, so it will be printable very shortly! Sorry about that!

  5. says

    I’ve have been making this salad for a year now. It’s a favorite in our house. Thanks for this recipe!


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