Sometimes a sandwich for lunch just isn’t interesting enough… 

This recipe by Annabel Karmel is not only easy to make but incredibly appealing to the eye  – perfect for that ‘oh, I just threw some ingredients’ lunch time moment with friends.

Pesto Rice Salad, Annabel Karmel, Recipe,


Makes: four to six portions


  • 200g long grain rice
  • 1/2 red pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 can sweetcorn (189g)
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
  • 100g French beans, sliced
  • 75g baby broccoli florets


For the dressing:

  • 4tbsp fresh pesto
  • 3tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 3tsp basil, chopped



  1. Cook the rice in boiling, salted water, chain and leave to cool.
  2. Add the pepper, sweetcorn, tomatoes, spring onion and chicken to a mixing bowl.
  3. Either steam the beans and broccoli for a few minutes until tender, or cook in boiling, salted water for three minutes then chain and refresh in cold water
  4. Mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over the vegetables and chicken.
  5. Add the rice. beans and broccoli and season. Chill until ready to serve.

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