I had some brown rice left over from last night’s dinner, so here’s what we had for lunch today.
It was beautiful and delicious.
And if I’d thought about it, I would have added some goat cheese.
This rice pilaf is a simple summer favourite that really sings.
By itself or with a skewer of grilled shrimp or chicken.
Or a few pieces of goat cheese.
In fact it’ll compliment just about any grilled meat you fancy.
Perfect for your next potluck/barbecue, picnic or cookout. It’s seriously good and good for you!
Here’s the recipe.
Almond Apricot Brown Rice Pilaf
Serves 4 for lunch, 16 as part of a potluck
4 cups brown rice, cooked
1/4 cup finely chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup pistachios, slightly chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup roasted almonds
1 cup baby spinach (or a generous handful)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon curry powder
pinch of salt
1. In a large bowl, add apricots, pistachios and red onion to the rice.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, vinegar, brown sugar, curry powder, and salt. You can also add these ingredients to a glass jar with the lid on and shake it for about 15 seconds.
3. Pour the dressing over the rice mixture and toss. When completely cool, sprinkle with parsley, spinach and almonds.
4. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour before serving.
The brown rice can be substituted with quinoa or barley with delicious results.
The ingredients can be prepared in advance, but toss in the spinach, pistachios, almonds and dressing just before serving.
Serve this with some sliced nectarines, a skewer of shrimp or chicken or a few pieces of goat cheese for a delicious lunch that’s nutritious and makes a beautiful presentation.
This makes a delightful side when paired with grilled chops, steak, chicken or sausage.
The dressing is minimal. If you like a lot of dressing, you may want to double the dressing ingredients. Extra dressing can be drizzled on any leftovers the following day just to freshen it up.
As if that’s possible.
Leftovers, that is.
I hope you enjoy it!