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Nut Pesto green rice with lemon and cuke in small bowls

Nut-Pesto Green Rice

  • Author: Beth
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Food processor
  • Cuisine: American


This quick, easy Nut Pesto Green Rice uses an elegant blend of parsley, garlic, lemon, walnuts, and almonds made into a paste. Once you have blended the ingredients in your food processor, you simply stir them into cooked rice. A simple, yet satisfying and beautiful side dish.



For the rice:

1 c brown basmati rice

2 c water, for cooking

For the green nut pesto:

¼ cup almonds

¼ cup walnut pieces

2 cloves garlic, depending on size of cloves (2 tsp)

1 bunch parsley, de-stemmed (generous ½ cup tightly packed leaves)

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ Tablespoons lemon juice

23 Tablespoons olive oil

½ cucumber, diced, for garnish

pepper to taste


  1. Soak rice in 2 c water, changing often, for at least 8 hrs.
  2. Cook rice at a slow simmer until water is absorbed, or cook in a rice cooker.
  3. While rice is cooling, blend almonds, walnuts, and garlic in a food processor until in tiny pieces but not all the way to nut butter.
  4. Process in parsley, salt, lemon juice and oil until the mixture is a pesto-like paste. When rice has cooled a bit, stir nut-pesto mixture into it.
  5. Add pepper to taste.
  6. Top with cucumber and a few extra leaves of parsley.
  7. Delicious with a dish such as black bean sweet potato chili (link here).

Keywords: Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, greens