Pesto & Brown Rice Salad

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 7
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 326.3
  • Total Fat: 19.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.1 mg
  • Sodium: 126.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 31.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.0 g
  • Protein: 7.0 g

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Yummy way to use fresh basil Yummy way to use fresh basil
Number of Servings: 7


    1.5 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
    0.5 cup EVOO
    0.5 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
    3 Tbsp wine vinegar (red or white)
    0.5 tsp lemon zest
    2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
    2 tsp finely chopped fresh garlic
    Salt & pepper to taste

    4 cups cooked brown rice
    2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
    12 spears (1 cup) asparagus, cut on diagonal
    1 cup carrots, bite size pieces
    0.5 cup sugar snap peas
    2 Tbsp pine nuts


Start brown rice cooking (takes 45 min). Do all prep while rice cooks.

Combine pesto ingredients in a blender til smooth. Season to taste w/salt & pepper.

Blanche aparagus & sugar snap peas (about 2-3 min)

Mix all ingredients & serve warm or room temperature.

Choose your favorite variety of fresh veggies to add to the salad, but make sure not more than 50% is rice.

Great for a picnic since there's no meat or mayo that might spoil if it sits out on a warm day.

Number of Servings: 7

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MIFFLIN.

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