Christmas Rice Pilaf

If I were not out of town so much I could post wonderful recipes I have been making over the past week. We have had a slew of concerts to go to and to perform in. Last night was our last concert for the semester, so we are relieved we get to spend some down time at home before we leave for the holidays.

My mother and I have been talking about what we could make for Christmas dinner while we were at her house, so I think some salads and side dishes were left for me to plan. I came up with a VERY festive dish that could work as a salad or a side depending on what other dishes you are making. This side is so filling that it could work with a green salad and protein like beef, chicken, or if vegetarian or vegan, a side of sauteed vegetable would work too!

Enjoy this salad as much as I did. I look forward sharing it with the rest of my family when we get to Texas. Yee haw!

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Christmas Rice Pilaf

by Noelle Kelly
Keywords: cook salad side vegan vegan recipes on recipage beets

Ingredients (2 servings)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 small beets, diced
  • 1 cup edamame, cooked
  • 1/2 cup mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Gomashio (black sesame seeds/sea salt blend)
In a medium bowl, place cooked brown rice, beets, edamame, mint and green onions and toss.
In a small bowl, make the vinagrette with the olive oil, lemon juice and gomashio.
Pour over rice pilaf and toss well.
You can choose to make this using warm brown rice and serving immediately or the rice could be cooled at room temperature and tossed with vinagrette. Very delicious!
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  • Vegetable Matter

    The colors are gorgeous (and definitely christmas-worthy). I love the inclusion of edamame and beets, sounds delicious!

  • Angie’s Recipes

    The combination of colours are just stunning…beautiful!

  • MaryMoh

    Looks gorgeous and delicious…mmm. Just right for Christmas.

  • The Chickenless Chick

    Hiya, apologies for the long absence! This is a beautiful dish. Red and green can sometimes look cheesy, but this is an excellent use of the combo… Subtle and full of yummy complementary flavors.

  • The Klutzy Cook

    I just love the colours of this dish, it looks beautiful. I’ve never heard of, or used edamame before and will have to track down an equivalent. They look a bit like broad beans. Thanks.

  • Shirley

    Adding beet and getting that colour is perfect for Christmas. It must be full of flavours!

  • (no)more_cheese_please

    This looks great! Don’t worry about tasting the spinach in the smoothie… all the fruit overpowers it and you can’t even taste it!

  • Tasty Eats At Home

    So festive! I love the colors.

  • Jennifer Cote

    I love it! I’ve been juicing our pomegranates… I suppose those might work too, hey? Great idea- I’d never thought of red rice before :)

  • Peppercorn Press

    This looks wonderful! Who wouldn’t feel festive eating this dish?

  • Leslie

    Hello :) I love your blog and this pilaf is beautiful!