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Wild Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate & Pistachio

This unique (and delicious) wild rice pilaf recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish. If you love pomegranates, you’ll definitely love this!

This unique (and delicious) wild rice pilaf recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish. If you love pomegranates, you'll definitely love this!

I love pomegranates! There’s nothing quite as satisfying as popping those little red gems in your mouth and feeling the burst of fresh, tart-sweet, crisp flavor. See, I really do love pomegranates.

They’re also the perfect fruit for the holiday season – they make a nice change from cranberries, their color is perfection, and best of all, they’re in season! They’re perfect for adding interest to an otherwise standard dish: wild rice pilaf.

In this rice pilaf side dish, we have pomegranate complementing nutty, sweet pistachios in a brown and wild rice pilaf with a delicious honey and lemon dressing. The combination of flavors sounds a little ‘nutty’, but it’s really quite delicious.

This would be an excellent holiday side dish (for example, Thanksgiving) and it is also easy to throw together and taste great with a quick honey-glazed salmon fillet.

You can refrigerate the leftovers and have them the next day as well with leftover turkey!

Pomegranate Rice Pilaf

Ingredients

  • 2 packets quick-cook seasoned brown and wild rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp chicken stock or water
  • 1 medium pomegranate, seeds removed
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp high quality honey

Instructions

Wild rice cooking in a pan with crushed garlic

Cook the crushed garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until fragrant. Add the quick cook rice to the pan and stir until fragrant and slightly toasted.

Add the chicken stock to the pan and cover for 3-5 minutes.

Lemon juice, olive oil, and honey

While the rice cooks, combine lemon juice, olive oil, and honey (in a separate container) and shake until the dressing is emulsified.

This unique (and delicious) wild rice pilaf recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish. If you love pomegranates, you'll definitely love this!

Toss rice with pomegranate and pistachios.

This unique (and delicious) wild rice pilaf recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish. If you love pomegranates, you'll definitely love this!

Dress and toss your wild rice pilaf again.

This unique (and delicious) wild rice pilaf recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish. If you love pomegranates, you'll definitely love this!

Serve, eat, and enjoy!

This unique (and delicious) wild rice pilaf recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish. If you love pomegranates, you'll definitely love this!
Yield: 4 servings

Pomegranate Wild Rice Pilaf

This unique (and delicious) wild rice pilaf recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish. If you love pomegranates, you'll definitely love this!

This unique (and delicious) wild rice pilaf recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish. If you love pomegranates, you'll definitely love this!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Rice

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 packets quick-cook seasoned brown and wild rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 T chicken stock or water
  • 1 pomegranate, medium, seeds removed
  • ½ cup pistachios, shelled

For the Dressing

  • 2 T olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 T honey, high quality

Instructions

  1. Cook the crushed garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until fragrant.
  2. Add the quick cook rice to the pan and stir until fragrant and slightly toasted.
  3. Add the chicken stock to the pan and cover for 3-5 minutes.
  4. While the rice cooks, combine lemon juice, olive oil, and honey (in a separate container) and shake until the dressing is emulsified.
  5. Toss rice with pomegranate and pistachios.
  6. Dress and toss pilaf again.
  7. Serve, eat, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 98mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 20gProtein: 7g

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This unique (and delicious) wild rice pilaf recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish. If you love pomegranates, you'll definitely love this!

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