Pesto rice salad by Annabel Karmel

Pesto rice salad by Annabel Karmel

by Annabel Karmel |
Published on

Preparation Time

15 minutes




  • 200g long grain rice

  • Red pepper, deseeded and diced

  • 1 x 189g can sweetcorn

  • 150g cherry tomatoes, sliced

  • Four spring onions, washed and sliced

  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed

  • 100g French beans, sliced

  • 75g small broccoli florets

  • Dressing

  • 4 tbsp fresh pesto

  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 3 tbsp basil, chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  1. Cook the rice in boiling salted water, drain and leave to cool. Place the pepper, sweetcorn, tomatoes, spring onion and chicken in a mixing bowl.

  2. Either steam the beans and broccoli for a few minutes until tender, or cook in boiling salted water for 3 minutes. Drain and refresh in cold water.

  3. Mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over the vegetables. Add the rice, beans and broccoli and season well. Chill until ready to serve.

More recipes and advice from Annabel Karmel

For lots more lunchbox recipe inspo, head to

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us
How we write our articles and reviews
Mother & Baby is dedicated to ensuring our information is always valuable and trustworthy, which is why we only use reputable resources such as the NHS, reviewed medical papers, or the advice of a credible doctor, GP, midwife, psychotherapist, gynaecologist or other medical professionals. Where possible, our articles are medically reviewed or contain expert advice. Our writers are all kept up to date on the latest safety advice for all the products we recommend and follow strict reporting guidelines to ensure our content comes from credible sources. Remember to always consult a medical professional if you have any worries. Our articles are not intended to replace professional advice from your GP or midwife.