Jeweled Wild Rice

It can be a challenge to find side dishes besides just veggies to use in place of traditional richer and caloric items, but sometimes all you need is a little color and lots of flavor.  Such as in this Jelweled Wild Rice, which is a wonderful sub in place of traditional stuffing.  It contains heart healthy oils, colorful pomegranate seeds rich in anti-oxidants, crunchy pistachios and the lovely flavor of orange.  Once you have the wild rice cooked, it comes together in under 10 minutes, and is delicious best served at room temperature so there is no worry about keeping it warm, plus it is a good thing to make ahead of time. This is the perfect addition to any holiday table!

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



In a large bowl, combine the rice, pomegranate seeds, onion, and pistachios. Whisk together the remaining ingredients, then toss with the ones in the bowl. Serve at room temperature.

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Recipe Type

  • Allergen Friendly
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Heart Healthy
  • Paleo
  • Salad
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Salad
  • Side Dish

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Child Friendly
  • Easy