Nutted Brown Rice with Grapes and Scallions Recipe

Nutted Brown Rice with Grapes and Scallions Recipe
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Nutted Brown Rice

Allison Beck

Nutted Brown Rice

Growing up, my family would always make a nutted wild rice with pecans, raisins, and mint. We would serve it aside a grilled breast of chicken for a picnic dinner, or bring it along to a grilling party — it goes so well with barbecued chicken. So, when it came time to come up with a grill-friendly side dish, I knew just where to go for inspiration.

Not everyone likes wild rice, so I swapped the slim, dark grains for short-grain brown rice. Cooking it with a bit of coconut oil gives it an irresistible creaminess. The addition of finely chopped scallions gives the rice a subtle kick, and the juicy grapes add more color and a sweet touch. The orange juice and zest adds another layer of complexity to the dish — I've found those I serve this to are often left wondering exactly what it is.

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In a large saucepan, heat coconut and water over high heat until boiling. Add the brown rice, season with salt, cover, and simmer on low heat for 40 minutes, or until the rice is just cooked and water is gone. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand for 5 minutes.

While the rice cooks, combine the grapes, scallions, and orange zest and juice together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

When the rice is done, add to the scallion mixture. Combine and let it sit for 10 minutes as the rice cools. Check seasoning and top with walnuts.


Calories per serving:

381 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 16g 25%
  • Carbs 55g 18%
  • Saturated 3g 17%
  • Fiber 5g 19%
  • Sugars 13g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 10g
  • Protein 8g 15%
  • Sodium 212mg 9%
  • Calcium 76mg 8%
  • Magnesium 114mg 29%
  • Potassium 458mg 13%
  • Iron 2mg 12%
  • Zinc 2mg 12%
  • Phosphorus 219mg 31%
  • Vitamin A 27µg 3%
  • Vitamin C 24mg 40%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 23%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 7%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 22%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 55µg 14%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 85µg 107%
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