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Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf
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Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf

Thanksgiving cranberry wild rice pilaf. 1 Pot, Easy, healthy + gluten free!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword rice pilaf, Thanksgiving, vegan recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 368kcal
Author Florentina


  • 1.5 cup wild rice mix ( brown & black rice)
  • 1.2 yellow onion - diced
  • 1 bell pepper - diced
  • 1 carrot - grated
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries ( i love the orange flavored)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries - for garnish
  • 1/3 cup vegan white wine
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable stock or water
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 sprig sage
  • 8 sprigs thyme
  • 3 sprigs oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch sea salt - to your taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs - chopped


  • Heat up a large deep skillet or pot over medium low flame. Add the olive oil ( or a splash of water ) and the chopped onion. Sautee with a pinch of sea salt until translucent. 
  • Stir in the grated carrot, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, bay leaves and red pepper flakes. Add the wild rice mix and mix well to combine. Allow it to toast together with the aromatics for a couple of minute.
  • Add in the chopped bell pepper and 1 cup of the cranberries. Pour in the vegetable stock or water, stir and taste for seasonings. Add more sea salt to your taste.
  • Bring the pilaf to a simmer, cover with a tight lid and cook on low flame for 50 minutes. 
  • Turn off the flame but do not remove the lid. Allow the rice to sit covered for 10 to 15 minutes and continue cooking in its own steam.
  • Discard the bay leaves and the woody sprigs from the herbs. Use a fork and gently fluff up the rice.
  • Serve warm or cold garnished with the remaining cranberries and fresh herbs.


  • What is the difference between wild rice and rice pilaf? The only difference is the cooking method. Wild rice is often boiled without seasoning. Rice pilaf has the rice sauteed in spices or herbs and oil, before simmering slowly until softened.
  • Can I make my own wild rice mix? To make your own mix, simply combine equal parts brown basmati grains and long black rice.
  • Is there a substitute for the white wine? Yes, simply swap out some lemon juice or veggie stock in its place.


Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 476mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 3665IU | Vitamin C: 44.8mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 3.3mg