Easiest 5-Ingredient Green Rice Recipe

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Green Rice on platter with chicken kabobs on top.  This Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients.  Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.  Basil gives it fresh herb flavor, chives bring a slight onion flavor, and spinach rounds it all out with beautiful green color and so many healthy vitamins.  In just a few minutes you can turn your white rice into this fantastic Green Rice Recipe!

Close Up of green rice in pot. This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

FROM PLAIN TO SUPER RICE! 

While white rice is a great backdrop for sauces and big flavors, it really has very little in the way of nutritional value.  By adding basil, chives, and spinach to it, you are infusing it with flavor, vitamins, and nutrients!!  With the addition of the small amounts of basil and chive, their role here is really to bring the flavor.  But the Spinach is what brings the nutrition to the party!

White rice has very little fiber, but spinach is high in fiber, which makes it a great addition!  While white rice does have Vitamin A, it is lacking on most other vitamins, including the all important Vitamins C which is an antioxidant that promotes skin health and immune function.  And while white rice has 0% calcium, guess what is a great source of calcium?  Yep, spinach!  Check out all of the benefits that spinach brings to the mix.

This rice would go great with any of these main proteins!

Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended in a bowl for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe either a food processor or blender will work. My go-to mini food processor was perfect for the job.

EASY STEPS TO MAKE YOUR GREEN RICE

You can make this Green Rice up to 5 days in advance and reheat heat it.  There really are only 3 easy steps to this.  

1.Make your rice.

2.Add the basil, chives, sour cream and spinach to the blender or food processor and blend.

Basil and chives in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Basil, chives, and sour cream in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Basil, chives, and spinach in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

3.Mix the sauce into the rice.

Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended and added on top of cooked white rice in pot for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

What other herbs could I use?

In place of the basil, you could go with cilantro or dill.  I wouldn’t combine all three together, but select one as your primary flavor.  

If you don’t have chives, you could use 1-2 scallions or skip it all together, but I really like a slight onion flavor in this.  

You could also add parsley.  If you want to add kale, you may want to saute if first to soften it a bit as it has a heartier texture and won’t get as creamy from the raw state as spinach. 

Will other grains work with this?

Of course!  Instead of white rice, you could use brown rice, quinoa, farro, couscous, or even a small pasta, like orzo. 

Can this Green Rice be frozen?

You can make this recipe and freeze it for up to 6 months.  To freeze it, you will want to cool it in the fridge first.  Then you can place it in a large storage bag and flatten it to freeze it.  Or you can spread it out on a sheet pan and freeze it, then transfer it to a container.  You can freeze it in a freezer-safe bowl, but it can take a long time defrost when it’s in a large clump.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Green Rice in pot. This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

5-Ingredient Easy Green Rice

This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.  Basil gives it fresh herb flavor, chives bring a slight onion flavor, and spinach rounds it all out with beautiful green color and so many healthy vitamins.  In just a few minutes you can turn your white rice into this fantastic Green Rice Recipe! #ricerecipes #sidedishes #healthysides #greenrice

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 Minute Meal, healthy recipes, meal prep, rice, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 67 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 20 Basil Leaves
  • 10 Chive Sprigs
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream or Yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Make the rice according to package instructions. Or…to a small-medium pot with a lid, add 4 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt, and rice. Bring water to boil, stir, turn heat down to lowest setting, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat, but leave covered until ready to serve.

  2. Add the basil, chives, and sour cream to the blender or food processor. I add the spinach leaves last just so the sour cream is near the bottom and can help it blend. Pulse to start and then blend until smooth and creamy.

    Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.
  3. Mix the sauce into the rice. Enjoy!

    Green Rice in pot. This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe with Basil Dressing

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This is such a hearty, healthy, fresh, and vibrant Steak Salad Recipe!  It has tender strips of garlic-rubbed grilled flank steak over grilled romaine, bright tomatoes, and fresh cool basil yogurt dressing.  Now, if you’ve never had grilled romaine, oh man are you in for a treat!  It gets this slightly charred, slightly nutty, deep new amazing flavor that is nothing like the boring lettuce you know.  It’s for this reason, you really only need a few ingredients to add and it’s just perfect.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS?

If you buy an even bigger flank steak than you need, you can get another dinner out of it.  I highly recommend a quick Stroganoff!  Just slice the flank steak thin and set aside.  Saute some sliced mushrooms in a large pan/skillet with finely diced onion and garlic.  Whisk in broth and sour cream, and then add the flank steak slices in just to warm them up.  Serve with noodles or rice or quinoa.  Click here to get 30 More Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas.

Here are some other tasty ideas for any leftover flank steaks:

Fork holding bit of sliced grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe on plate with grilled romaine, halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you will need access to a grill. Ideally, this would be a an outdoor grill, either gas or charcoal. However, you can also use a stovetop grill. If you don’t have a grill available, you can sear the romaine and the steak in a large skillet. You will want to finish the steak in the oven 350 F degrees for 15-20 min.

And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

For the Basil Yogurt dressing, a blender or mini food processor is perfect for the job.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR FLANK STEAK SALAD RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can make my Creamy Basil Chive Yogurt Dressing up to 5 days in advance.  The recipe is not in this post, so be sure to click the recipe link for that one.  All ingredients go into the blender and it takes only minutes!

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

You can also make the marinade and marinate the flank steak 2 days in advance.  

Steak marinade ingredients in plastic bag for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Steak and marinade in plastic bag for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Can I use any other cut of beef or protein?

Flank steak really is the best for this recipe since it’s so easy to cook and always comes out perfectly tender for me.  However, if you cannot get flank steak, you will want to use another steak that is tender enough to grill, such as strip steak or even filet.  You could also make this recipe with chicken breast or shrimp!

COOK & ASSEMBLE YOUR STEAK SALAD RECIPE

Preheat your grill on high.  The flank steak will grill for about 5-7 minutes per side.  Five minutes will give you a beautiful medium rare.  Seven minutes will be more medium well.  Both will still be lovely and tender.

The romaine takes only 1-2 minutes per side, so I put them off at the end of the cooking.  Make sure to put them on the lower heat section of the grill and watch them closely.  Some char is great flavor!  Too much char will taste burnt and ashy, but you can simply cut off any part that burns too much.

Flank steak on gas grill for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

flank steak and romaine lettuce halves on gas grill for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Grilled romaine lettuce halves for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Do I have to grill the lettuce?  Can I use another lettuce?

You do not need to grill the lettuce, you could certainly slice it raw.  I just absolutely love the flavor that the grill imparts for this recipe.  You could also use escarole or green leaf lettuce.  The idea is to get a leafy head of lettuce that can be sliced in half with all of the leaves staying attached.  This way the entire half can grill up nicely.

Slicing the Flank Steak 

Let the flank steak rest for at least 5 minutes so that the juices redistribute into the meat and don’t come running out when you slice it.

To slice it, you will slice thin and on an angle going against the grain (the lines) on the steak. 

Grilled flank steak being sliced on cutting board for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

When you are ready to serve, slice the grape tomatoes in half.  You can either serve the romaine lettuce whole or slice it up.  

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Sliced Grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe on plate with grilled romaine, halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe with Creamy Basil Dressing

This is such a hearty, healthy, fresh, and vibrant Steak Salad Recipe!  It has tender strips of garlic-rubbed grilled flank steak over grilled romaine, bright tomatoes, and fresh cool basil yogurt dressing.  The romaine lettuce is grilled so it gets this slightly charred, slightly nutty, deep new amazing flavor that is nothing like the boring lettuce you know.  So few ingredients, but so much flavor!! #steaksalad #flanksteak #summerfood #easydinners #easysalads

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 Minute Meal, basil, Beef, gluten free, salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 837 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Flank Steak

  • 2-2.5 lb Flank Steak
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

Salad

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. For this recipe, you can make my Creamy Basil Chive Yogurt Dressing up to 5 days in advance.  All ingredients go into the blender and it takes only minutes!

    Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!
  2. Make the marinade by mincing the garlic and adding it to a large storage bag or glass container. Then add the olive oil, Worcestershire Sauce, water, salt, and black pepper. Last, add the flank steak and rub it around in the marinade until completely coated. Once coated, you can immediately grill or let sit sealed in the fridge for up to 2 days in advance.

    Steak and marinade in plastic bag for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Grill and Assemble

  1. Preheat your grill on high.  The flank steak will grill for about 5-7 minutes per side.  Five minutes will give you a beautiful medium rare.  Seven minutes will be more medium well. 

    Flank steak on gas grill for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.
  2. For the Romaine lettuce, rinse it to remove any dirt and then completely dry it. Cut in half starting at the stem. Then brush or spray with olive oil. Place on the lower heat section of the grill and watch them closely to ensure they don't burn. They only need 1-2 minutes per side.

    flank steak and romaine lettuce halves on gas grill for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.
  3. Remove the flank steak from the grill and let it rest for at least 5-10 minutes so that the juices redistribute into the meat and don’t come running out when you slice it. To slice it, you will slice thin and on an angle going against the grain (the lines) on the steak.

    Grilled flank steak being sliced on cutting board for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.
  4. When you are ready to serve, slice the grape tomatoes in half.  You can either serve the romaine lettuce whole or slice it up.  

    Sliced Grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe on plate with grilled romaine, halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.