How To Make Comforting Pesto Rice

How To Make Comforting Pesto Rice


This pesto rice is a delicious and nutritious comfort food that is great for any season. It’s perfect as is, with some extra protein (chicken or nuts), or as a side dish. Bonus: it keeps in the fridge for several days. When it comes to preparing healthy food, for us, it’s all about eating locally and seasonally, so feel free to vary the vegetables used with whatever you find in your garden or at the market, and let us know what you think!

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Serves 4

Pesto Rice Ingredients:

1 cup wild rice

splash of apple cider vinegar and water (for soaking the rice)

½-¾ cup herbed pesto dressing

1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced

1 medium sized cucumber, cut into small chunks

2-3 radishes, sliced thin

2 tablespoons mint leaves, minced

zest and juice of 1 lemon

sea salt, to taste


Soak the wild rice in 3 cups of water and a splash of apple cider vinegar overnight, or for a minimum of 8-12 hrs.

Strain the liquid, rinse well, then add to a sauce pot and barely cover with water.

Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer covered for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from the heat, strain excess water if necessary, then spread out onto a sheet pan to cool to room temperature.



While the rice is cooking, prepare your vegetables. Slice fennel, radish and cucumbers.




Place the cooled rice into a large bowl with the chopped veggies and a scoop of herb pesto dressing.

Toss to incorporate the ingredients, season with sea salt, then serve.


Recipe//Frank Giglio
Photography//Jenny Nelson