Leftover Rice Balls are glued together with cilantro pesto, dotted with fresh corn, and rolled in a sesame and chia seed mixture. A fun way to enjoy this healthy, vegan side dish.
In fact, I highly recommend day-old rice for this recipe. It's a great way to reinvent last night's side dish. Make a big batch of brown rice at the beginning of the week. Serve it as a side one day, make rice bowls for lunch, and serve these vegan rice balls the next day.
Pardon my excitement. It's no-bake, except for the fresh corn kernels. Microwave one stalk of corn right in the husk and then slice off the kernels. Other vegetables, such as chopped carrots or peppers, would work too. Use about a half cup.
You may recognize this rice mixture. After I made cilantro pesto with chickpeas, I mixed it with some leftover brown rice and fresh corn kernels. My crew was a bit underwhelmed...until I changed the shape. There's something to be said about the presentation!
Are you wondering how I packed these gorgeous rice balls so nice and tight?
Place about 1 Tablespoon of the rice mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Twist the top to compact the rice and then unwrap it. That's it. Reuse the plastic wrap to make more rice balls. Keep a bowl of water handy to dip your fingertips in.
Roll the rice balls in a mixture of sesame and chia seeds. Yep, another great way to sneak chia seeds into your diet.
Chopsticks are optional. 🙂
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Leftover Rice Balls with Corn and Cilantro Pesto
- 2 cups brown rice cooked and refrigerated overnight or at least two hours
- ½ cup corn kernels
- ¼ cup cilantro pesto
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 Tablespoon chia seeds
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, except for the sesame and chia seeds,
- Mix sesame and chia seeds together in a shallow dish.
- Shape about 1 Tablespoon of rice mixture into a ball.
- To tightly compact the rice ball, place it in the center of a piece of plastic wrap, and then twist to tighten. (See picture in the post)
- Roll rice ball in seed mixture.
- Keep rice balls refrigerated until ready to serve.
Paula - bell'alimento
What a great way to use up leftover rice.
Thanks! I always seem to have a little leftover to experiment with!
Sarah Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella)
I love this idea -- and they are no bake? That makes it even more awesome.
I can't resist a good no-bake recipe!
These are so cute for the kids! My son and I would love these!
Thanks! My girls loved them!
These look AMAZING! My daughter would love these. I'm going to have to figure out a substitute for the chick peas and the sesame due to allergies, but wow, they look good.
Hi! I had to substitute the chick peas for nuts due to allergies. But, if you can have nuts use those. Just leave the sesame seeds off and use chia seeds!
Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
I love these! They look delicious and easy, too!
Stephanie @ Back For Seconds
love this! i have leftover rice in my fridge right now! i'm going to try this!
Thanks! I'd love to know how they turn out!
Amy @Very Culinary
I'm always looking for quick afternoon snacks. And I'm always making rice! Perfect.
It would be a perfect snack!
Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines
How cool are those! I love these. I'm extremely grateful for your showing us how to make the tight balls too. It's perfect.
Colleen (Souffle Bombay)
Great technique!! Thanks for showing us!
Your welcome! You can use the same technique to make bigger rice balls too!
Courtney @ Neighborfood
What a fun way to package this side dish! This would be perfect for cookouts!
These look delicious! I just shared the recipe with my sister in law 🙂
Thanks so much. I hope she likes them!
Vegan recipes are right up my alley. This one looks like a great combination of flavors!
I love rice balls! I Love that you made them vegan. All of the colors are so pretty together.
Thanks! I was really pleased with the result and it was so easy!
Meredith in sock monkey slippers
What a novel presentation! Love it!
You know what they say...you eat with your eyes!
I am making this in the next few days. Looks delish! Just wanted to make you aware that your link for the pesto is not working. I was able to find the recipe after going through your recipe archives, but for future visitors just wanted to let you know.
Thanks sooo much for your comment. I hope you enjoy them!