Herby Rice with Grapes and Pecans

Rice salad sounds boring, but how about herby rice with grapes and pecans? It's packed with different textures and it's a perfect make-ahead side dish. || Delicious Not Gorgeous

break so far has been glorious. my days consist of:

  • lots of baking/cooking
  • $30 sushi lunches (because the birthday girl NEEDED another worthless toy, and you can only get toys every 15 plates of sushi, and i couldn’t convince her that we really didn’t need more sushi sigh)
  • last minute disney trip contemplations (but i ended up not bc i’m in socal 3/4 of the time anyways, so why should i go back down when i’m finally home?)
  • working out (shocking bc i haven’t worked out this much in a whileeee)
  • being extremely grateful that i can drive places instead of relying on slow, late and packed buses (it’s great being able to go on a 20 minute target run, instead of a 2 hour one)
  • thinking maybe i should balance the coconut espresso cake, yaki manju, macadamia nut shortbread and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with something a bit healthier, like this herby rice with grapes and pecans

this herby rice with grapes and pecans has a bunch of different flavors and textures, like all my favorite salads. there’s the slight chew from the rice, juicy crisp grapes, freshness from the herbs, crunchy nuts, a touch of heat from the hot sauce (my preferred hot sauce is chili garlic sauce though i did use sambal olek in the batch pictured here), and creamy briny feta (not pictured here but delicious with this nonetheless). perfect for make ahead lunches, perfect for a potluck side dish.

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Herby Rice with Grapes and Pecans
adapted slightly from Mollie Katzen’s The Heart of the Plate

1-2 cloves minced garlic
finely grated zest from 1 lemon
6 T lemon juice
1 T maple syrup or honey or agave
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
hot sauce (ie sambal olek, chili garlic sauce) to taste (optional)
2 cups rice, cooked
6 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped (sub in cilantro or basil, or omit if you don’t like parsley)
1/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
2 cups grapes, halved
1/4 cup feta, crumbled
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (or walnuts, almonds, cashews, etc)

  1. Whisk the garlic, lemon zest and juice and syrup in a large bowl. Whisk in oil and hot sauce, if using.
  2. Add the rice, herbs, grapes and feta, stirring gently until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover tightly and chill well before serving. Serve at room temperature. Stir in the nuts right before serving.

Herby Rice with Grapes and Pecans | Delicious Not Gorgeous

2 Replies to “Herby Rice with Grapes and Pecans”

  1. omnomnom i love chunky rice dishes and the flavours in this one are right up on my list of favourites.

    1. thanks ruby! chunky and textured is exactly what i was going for (:

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