Savoring with Saba
Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice Copycat Recipe
I love copycat recipes because it's a great way to get some of your favorite restaurant recipes any time you're craving them. When Chipotle first opened, I used to order two sides of cilantro lime rice. I could not get enough of the rice. I loved everything about the recipe- from the spices, to the acidic taste from the lemon and lime juices...and of course, cilantro!
Typically, when I make a rice recipe, I use cauliflower rice. But, honestly, I was getting tired of cauliflower rice. I wanted to mix things up and try something new. I saw fellow content creators on Instagram using Palmini. I was intrigued as the brand uses hearts of palm to make rice and pasta.
Heart of palm is a white vegetable obtained from the center of specific varieties of palm tree. It's prized for its culinary versatility. When harvested, young trees are felled and debarked to expose their edible, white inner core, which is then cut into lengths for further processing.
When I say the Palmini rice was EVERYTHING...I'm not be dramatic. It has this natural citrusy smell and taste. Pairing it with the other ingredients made for a beatiful combination. The rice played well with the lemon and lime juices and adding the cilantro topped it off! I'm so glad I didn't settle for cauliflower.
Extra virgin olive oil (olive oil will work, too)
Fresh Lime juice (about 1/2 of lime)
Fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 of lemon)
Place Palmini rice in strainer or bowl and rinse rice. Dry the rice with paper towels and set aside.
Heat extra virgin olive oil in frying pan over medium heat and add a bay leaf. Stir the bay leaf around the pan for up to 5 minutes. Remove the leaf and add the Palmini rice. Cook the rice as directed on packaging. Add a few sprinkles of sea salt while heating.
Remove pan from heat and place Palmini rice in bowl. Add the lime and lemon juices and stir.
Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!