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Hermes red rice with spinach pesto

A fresh salad, light and vegetarian

by Ada Parisi
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Riso Hermes al pesto di spinaci, con pomodori e mandorle

Today a cold Hermes red rice salad with spinach pesto, almonds and tomatoes. Is’ a single dish summer, very cool, easy, Lightweight and packed with vitamins and nutrients. I love the classic RICE SALAD, But the whole grain varieties of this cereal are certainly tastier and rich in fiber. If you are also attentive to the line, or simply you fancy cold and simple dishes, Take a look at all my OF SALAD RECIPES, of pasta, rice, vegetables and not only.

Hermes red rice, Perfect for salads

The dish now, vegetarian and vegan, is a cold rice salad with rice red Hermes, an integral and aromatic varieties rich in fibre, mineral salts and especially iron, Hence its rusty red color so attractive. It has a long cooking, about 40 minutes, and it's perfect for cold dishes or fried as a side dish for meat or fish. I simply boiled and seasoned with pesto spinach, almonds and lemon, raw tomato and Basil. And I guarantee that is good food, fresh and aromatic. And don't forget to consult the others VEGAN RECIPES if you are looking for something different.

Of course you can also prepare the red Hermes rice with spinach pesto, almonds and tomatoes in advance and store it in the refrigerator: just let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature before serving. I'm sure you'll be fine. If you can't find spinach, you can replace them with rocket, chicory, kale depending on the season.

Riso Hermes al pesto di spinaci, con pomodori e mandorle


Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


350 grams of rice red Hermes

6 large red vine tomatoes

2 cloves of garlic

300 grams of fresh spinach leaves

extra virgin olive oil

30 grams of toasted almonds

fresh basil


the juice of half a lemon


Wash the rice and place in a large casserole. Cover with plenty of cold water, salt and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cook for 40 minutes or according to package. Consider that this rice stays crisp and grainy of course, because being integral does not release a large amount of starch. Once cooked, drain (use water to water the plants, is rich in iron and nutrients and your plants will thank you) and let it cool at room temperature.

While rice is cooking, wash the spinach, remove tough stems and place them in a blender with almonds, two tablespoons of lemon juice, 4 tablespoons oil, garlic and some salt. Blend everything until creamy smooth and homogeneous and adjust if necessary with salt and lemon. The cream should be slightly agra, fresh.

Wash the tomatoes, practice on the peel a cross shaped cut and Blanch them for a minute in boiling water. Then dip them in cold water and peel them: the skin will come off with ease. Cut them in half, then to quarters and eliminate all seeds and vegetation water. Then cut into strips and then into cubes. Season with a little oil and salt and let it sit.

Cut the Basil into thin strips (Chiffonade). Season the rice now cold with spinach pesto (don't use it all so that you can put a little on the bottom of the dishes), Add the tomatoes and Basil.

Composition of the dish: put on the bottom of each dish a tablespoon of pesto, lay on top of the Red Hermes rice salad and garnish with a little basil and toasted almonds. Bon appétit!

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Rosy July 16, 2015 - 15:28

That good brown rice! You know that helps you lose weight and is good for lots of other things? Is’ ever more balanced energy food.
Fresh, slight, simple and tasty this recipe, Thanks Ada.
For cooking Brown rice I would recommend cooking in pressure cooker, reduces cooking times and improves the taste, the proportions are 1 part rice and water 2, of course the brown rice should be washed well before cooking and should be strictly organic.
You understand that I'm fond of brown rice? 😉
Kisses, Rosy

Ada Parisi July 16, 2015 - 15:43

One understands! I will follow your advice and I will dust off my pressure cooker. I confess that I use very little, but especially in summer the heat is a great idea. I also use the brown rice and streamlined, of all kinds. With the semis now seem to do excellent risotto. The white one, poor, no longer contains nothing but carbs… I embrace you Rosy, Happy holidays. ADA

Salvatore July 16, 2015 - 09:31

Good morning Ada. Very good your summer dish. Never tried rice Hermes (by good siciliano) but I'll do it with your recipe that will not let me down. You look fantastic in parentheses ( I will use the water to water the plants). Hello Savior

Ada Parisi July 16, 2015 - 10:46

Salvatore 🙂 grazie. I try to be clear but not boring, and I'm more myself inside the parentheses out. Try this type of rice, I like very much, especially because it remains crispy, the fundamental thing to me. (tell me how it goes with plants) , Hi Ada


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