This is a lovely unexpected side dish to take to pot lucks and picnics. The mint gives it a light fresh taste perfect for summer get-togethers. I rarely come home with any left.
1 cup cooked rice
2 Tbl unsalted butter (or substitute like Earth Balance)
1 shallot, minced (about 2 Tbl worth)
Zest of one lemon
1 lb fresh peas, shelled, or 2 cups frozen peas
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 Tbl freshly chopped mint
Cook rice according to package directions. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add shallot and lemon zest, and saute until translucent.
Add peas and cook until bright green and tender, adding a little water if shallots brown before peas are done.
Add cooked rice, season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Remove from heat and stir in mint.
Can be eaten warm or chilled.
Source: This was originally a Martha Stewart recipe but it called for Orzo which traditionally is made from semolina, so obviously, it's off limits for me. It's easily subbed out with a cup of cooked rice.