Side Dish | March 11, 2020

Lemon Pesto Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Fluffy cauliflower rice smothered in a tangy lemon pesto, and rounded off with the sweetness of peas. Made in minutes, this Lemon Pesto Cauliflower Rice Recipe will be your new go-to side dish.  

 

Lemon pesto cauliflower rice recipe in a white bowl, garnished with peas and lemon slices. Bowl is set on top of a wooden cutting board.

What is Cauliflower Rice?

It’s light and fluffy, like couscous. It’s also tender and has just the right amount of chew, like rice. No, it doesn’t taste like rice, but it does taste like whatever you make it taste like, is a vegetable, and a great gluten-free side dish that fills you up just the same! We’ve added lemon pesto, that is bursting with yummy, spring flavor and the peas break up the texture to punch in some variety. Seriously so easy and tasty!

Lemon pesto cauliflower rice recipe in a white bowl.

What Do I Need To Make This Lemon Pesto Cauliflower Rice Recipe?

You’ll need to add the following to your grocery list:

  • basil
  • pine nuts
  • olive oil
  • parmesan cheese
  • garlic
  • lemon
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • frozen cauliflower rice
  • frozen peas

Ingredients for lemon pesto rice.

How Do You Make It?

Pro Tip: I like to make my pesto in my Blendtec twister jar.  You can alternately make it in a food processor or other high power blender.

  1. Combine olive oil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, and basil in your blender jar or food processor.
  2. Add salt and pepper.
  3. Blend to desired consistency.  I like mine on the smoother side.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
    How to make pesto.
  5. Add frozen cauliflower rice. Cook until heated thru and fluffy.
  6. Pour in pesto.  Toss to combine.
  7. Add in frozen peas.
  8. Toss to combine and cook until peas and heated thru.
    How to make cauliflower rice.

Is Cauliflower Rice Good For You?

Cauliflower itself is very healthy, so Cauliflower rice also is.  It  is a high-fiber, low-carb alternative to real rice that’s also packed with a number of antioxidants and vitamins – it contains almost as much vitamin C as oranges. Cauliflower is arguably the greatest low-carb vegetable ever. It’s extremely versatile, and has only 4% carbs making it great for ketogenic cooking. Cauliflower has a similar texture to potatoes, but without all the carbs.

Lemon pesto cauliflower rice recipe in a white bowl, garnished with peas and lemon slices. Bowl is set on top of a wooden cutting board.

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How Long Does Lemon Pesto Cauliflower Rice Recipe Last?

You can store it in the fridge for 3-5 days.  Reheat it in the microwave.

Lemon pesto cauliflower rice recipe in a white bowl.

Can I Make My Own Cauliflower Rice Rather Than Using Frozen?

Yes.  I like to use frozen for the convenience, but making your own is easy!

  1. Cut the cauliflower into large pieces.
  2. Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor or blender. Don’t fill the food processor more than 3/4 full; if necessary, process in two batches.
  3. Pulse the cauliflower until completely broken down.
  4. Warm a tablespoon of olive oil or butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cauliflower rice. Stir in the cauliflower rice and sprinkle with a little salt. Cover the skillet and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until the cauliflower rice is as tender as you like.

Lemon pesto cauliflower rice recipe in a white bowl, garnished with peas and lemon slices. Bowl is set on top of a wooden cutting board.

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Lemon pesto cauliflower rice recipe in a white bowl, garnished with peas and lemon slices. Bowl is set on top of a wooden cutting board.
Lemon Pesto Cauliflower Rice Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Fluffy cauliflower rice smothered in a tangy lemon pesto, and rounded off with the sweetness of peas. Made in minutes, this Lemon Pesto Cauliflower Rice Recipe will be your new go-to side dish.  

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pesto cauliflower rice
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 190 kcal
Author: Stephanie
Ingredients
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/8 cup pinenuts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8.5 oz frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
Instructions
  1. Prepare pesto by blending basil, garlic, parmesan, pinenuts, salt, pepper, and lemon juice in food processor until it resembles a paste. Blend in 1/8 cup olive oil. Set aside.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in frying pan over medium heat, add in cauliflower. Cook, stirring frequently until cauliflower has lost some of its moisture and is fluffy, about 10 minutes.

  3. Fold in peas and pesto with cauliflower to heat.

  4. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Pro Tips:

I like to make my pesto in my Blendtec twister jar.  You can alternately make it in a food processor or other high power blender.

If you don't have a blender you like, you can grate cauliflower with a cheese grater or use a grater attachment for your food processor.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Pesto Cauliflower Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 434mg19%
Potassium 202mg6%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 29.6mg36%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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