Cilantro Green Rice

Go green! For flavour and a pop of colour, consider this easy, delicious and gluten-free rice a new ‘go to’ recipe. This elegant dish is the perfect accompaniment to a holiday dinner, buffet or brunch and made quickly enough to be part of a weeknight or anytime meal.

Cilantro Green Rice

Makes 6 servings.


  • 1 large bunch cilantro (about 4 cups/1 L)
  • ½ cup (125 mL) roasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup (125 mL) fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ cup (125 mL) grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) sambal oelek or chili paste
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) hot cooked USA Long Grain Brown Rice


  1. Trim and discard 1” inch (2.5 cm) from cilantro stems. Rinse cilantro thoroughly and chop coarsely. In a food processor, combine cilantro, pumpkin seeds, lime juice, parmesan, garlic, sambal and salt. Pulse to a coarse paste, occasionally scraping down sides. Add olive oil and pulse a few more times.
  2. Stir mixture into hot rice and serve.