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Vegan Rice Balls with Corn and Cilantro Pesto

Vegan Rice Balls with Corn and Cilantro Pesto

Vegan Rice Balls are laced with cilantro pesto and fresh corn and then rolled in a sesame and chia seed mixture. A fun way to enjoy this healthy side dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 257kcal


  • 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.


Compacted rice balls will still be quite delicate. Add a few drops of water or additional pesto if the rice mixture does not seem sticky enough.


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1.7mg