Apricot, Cranberry & Walnut Pilaf Recipe

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With dried fruit, nuts and Italian seasoning, this rice dish is a deliciously different medley of tastes and textures. It’s always on the menu for our big holiday feasts.—Eva Sorrentino, Craig, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 308 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 308mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in rice, broth and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in remaining ingredients. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Apricot, Cranberry & Walnut Pilaf in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2014

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