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This recipe is from Season 2 of 5 Ingredient Fix


  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 small avocado, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup water

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • 1.

    Bring the rice, 3 cups water, and a pinch of salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, stir, cover, and cook until water is completely absorbed, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.

  • 2.

    Meanwhile, put the avocado, basil, lemon juice, oil, and 1/4 cup water in the jar of a blender and puree; season generously with salt and pepper. Add more water and puree until the mixture is the consistency of sour cream.

  • 3.

    Fluff the rice with a fork and gently fold the green dressing into the warm rice. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve immediately.

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