Pea and Rice Salad with Spinach Cilantro Pesto

We’ve always enjoyed pea and rice salads, but made this one as a new variation. It was very tasty with the spinach and cilantro pesto.

Pea and Rice Salad with Spinach Cilantro Pesto

Serving Size: 4


  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2-3 spring onion, finely sliced

for the pesto:

  • 2 cups spinach washed and lightly steamed
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves, washed and chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine the cooked rice and thawed peas in a large bowl.
  2. Wash the spinach and remove and big stems.
  3. Lightly steam or sauté the spinach and place in a blender.
  4. Add the lemon juice, sesame oil and olive oil and puree to a smooth mixture.
  5. Once the mixture is smooth, add the walnuts and garlic and puree once more.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Spoon the pesto onto the peas to your preferred amount. We like quite a flavorful salad, so used 4-5 tablespoons of pesto. There was still a nice amount left over to use as a dip.
  8. Mix the pesto evenly.
  9. Chop the spring onions, white and green parts and mix into the salad, reserving a few pieces to top off as garnish.
  10. Place the salad in the refrigerator to cool until ready to serve.
  11. To serve the salad, place in a bowl and garish with the rest of the spring onion pieces. We enjoyed this salad along with 2 others on a hot summer’s night.

3 comments on “Pea and Rice Salad with Spinach Cilantro Pesto

  1. That salad is such a beautiful green! I’ve never had anything like it, but sounds amazing. Do you think the walnuts are necessary or could be substituted with a seed (nut allergy)?

  2. The salad was great, we really enjoyed it and shall have it again soon, as we are having lovely warm weather, yea.
    No, the walnuts are not so important. We have a walnut tree, so I use walnuts as often as possible. Seeds are fine to make the pesto.
    I hope you make the salad and enjoy.

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