Mint + Pistachio Pesto with Jasmine Rice and Grilled Shrimp

My dear friends Caryl + Ken of Lotus Foods import rice from around the world. I love their Jasmine rice; tiny grains of fragrant flavor that enhance any sauce or side dish. 

We love the exotic flavors of jasmine rice with the bright clean flavor of a garden mint + pistachio pesto. Eat it as is or toss with grilled shrimp, chicken or spring peas. 

Mint & Pistachio Pesto with Jasmine rice and Grilled Shrimp

1-1/2 cups jasmine rice, cooked according to directions
1 wedge preserved lemon, rinsed, pulp removed and cut into fine dice
1/2 pound grilled shrimp or chicken

Cooked the rice just until tender.  While still warm, toss the rice with the pesto so it absorbs the flavors of the herbs. Serve as is with a garnish of toasted pistachios or toss with grilled shrimp or pulled roasted or sliced grilled chicken, or blanched spring peas. 

Buon appetito! copyright 2011 Alisa Barry

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