Avocado-Basil Rice with Tomatoes

| July 6, 2011 | 3 Comments

avocado basil rice

If I had to describe this rice in just five words, they’d be creamy, bright, fresh, tender and satisfying. It’s unexpected – a very green rice, dotted with red tomatoes – but absolutely delicious. It’s a soothing mix of flavors and textures.

Avocado-Basil Rice with Tomatoes combines the flavors of mild guacamole with tender, warm rice. It’s a perfect side dish for spicy foods and bloody steaks. I came up with this one afternoon while sitting on the beach, contemplating dinner. We were having steak with a chipotle honey sauce, and I wanted something that could stand up to those flavors. This was totally it.

What made this even better for me was that it took about 10 minutes to make. I used Trader Joe’s frozen Jasmine Rice, and did everything else from scratch. Easy peasy.When dinner is late to hit the table (it was) and you don’t feel like spending a long time in the kitchen (I didn’t), then a dish like this is a blessing.

avocado basil rice

Avocado-Basil Rice with Tomatoes
serves 8

2 ripe Hass avocados, pitted and peeled
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 medium tomato, diced
4 cups cooked white rice

In a large mixing bowl, mash the avocado with the prongs of a fork. Stir in the lemon juice, basil, garlic, salt and pepper and tomato.

Pour the hot white rice into the bowl and stir well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Serve immediately.

Category: Quick and Easy Recipes, Recipes, rice

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Karly says:

    Hmm, I’m thinking I’ll have to try this with cilantro instead of basil for our next taco night! It sounds amazing and I love anything with avocados! :)

  2. claire says:

    This looks great! Not usually a rice fan but this sounds yummy…and something about the green makes it fun!

  3. Kate says:

    I’m familiar with cilantro rice, but I’ve never seen avocado rice before!

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