Pesto Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is flavored with homemade pesto sauce for an easy, delicious, low-carb and gluten free dish. It’s great to eat on it’s own or as a rice substitute for any meal.

We eat cauliflower rice a few times a week so I’m always trying to think of new flavors. My absolute favorite is still the garlic parmesan cauliflower rice, but this pesto one is really tasty too.

You can use any kind of pesto for this, though I recommend a pesto that isn’t basil-based. Bail pesto tends to brown quicker, especially when mixed with warm foods. For this one, I used my kale walnut pesto. But I can also see it working well with parsley, cilantro, carrot top greens, etc.

This is so easy to whip together, especially if you buy cauliflower rice packages which seems to be pretty popular at supermarkets now. I usually use the one from Whole Foods, but I’ve been wanting to try the ones sold at Trader Joe’s and Costco. When I don’t have any packages of cauliflower rice, I just make my own with a food processor and raw cauliflower.

Pesto Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is flavored with pesto for an easy, low-carb, gluten free dish.


  • 3 cups cauliflower rice (either packaged, or pulse raw cauliflower until they are the size of grains of rice)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • 2 packed cups shredded kale, stems removed
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (start with 1/3 and add more if needed)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts


  1. Add oil to a large skillet and bring to medium heat. Add in cauliflower rice and cook until tender.
  2. To make the pesto, add all pesto ingredients into a food processor. Pulse several minutes until it reaches a thick sauce consistency. Pesto will initially be very chunky but will break down further into a sauce-like consistency after a few minutes. If it is not breaking down, add a little more olive oil until it can break down.  Taste and adjust as needed. Depending on the type of kale you use and personal preference you may want to add more cheese, oil, lemon,etc.
  3. Stir pesto into the cauliflower rice. Start with a few tablespoons and add more as needed until it reaches your desired taste. You may not need the entire amount and can reserve any unused pesto for another recipe.
  4. Serve cauliflower rice warm. Garnish with more parmesan cheese if desired.

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