Summer Rice Pilaf

The theme for Monday posts in June is Summer Sides.

The temps are getting warmer and the evenings are getting longer.

At our house the main course is done on the barbecue grill.

Fresh herbs are such a treat in spring and summer. I make a regular evening stroll around the garden, deciding what I’ll use for dinner.

We need easy, but flavorful, side dishes….

As I’m looking at the Monday posts this month I should have said the theme is ‘easy’.

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Summer Rice Pilaf

This is meant to be served warm or room temperature rather than hot. It comes very close to being a salad.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides


  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken broth
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/2 avocado, cut into small cubes
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 tbs fresh snipped basil
  • 1 tbs fresh snipped purple basil
  • 1 tbs salad olive oil
  • 1 tbs white Balsamic vinegar


  • Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add rice and sauté, stirring for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Add broth, cover and cook rice for 15 minutes.
  • When done fluff with a fork and put into a bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir gently.


Storing a cut avocado is easy – just remove the pit, lay it flat, cut side down on a plate, and refrigerate. No other fussing is needed. I do it this way every week.
My cherry tomatoes are yellow…


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 333
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 473.4 mg
  • Fat: 14.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.2 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.6 mg
Summer Basmati Rice Pilaf

For another summery side: Rice with Fresh Parsley & Peas

That’s it !

2 thoughts on “Summer Rice Pilaf”

  1. Husband has finally decided, after 40+ years, that rice isn’t so bad! This is really easy so in my rotation it goes 🙂

    • My first husband would not eat rice. Actually, he wouldn’t eat a lot of things. I can’t imagine a life without risotto,,,,,

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