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Wild Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms + Olives

This wild rice pilaf is an earthy and deeply satisfying dish. It’s a dish that brings together an unlikely trio that’s added to the wild rice – mushrooms, olives, and prunes – in a symphony of flavors that will have your taste buds dancing. California prunes add a touch of sweetness and are a great compliment to the umami-rich mushrooms and briny olives.

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Our Recipe Story Starts with California Wild Rice

wild rice.

Wild Rice Is More Than Just a Grain: Here’s What You Need to Know.

There are several different varieties of wild rice, each with its own unique characteristics. The most common types are true wild rice and cultivated wild rice. True wild rice is the original grain that grows naturally in the wild, while cultivated wild rice is grown and harvested on farms. Both types have a similar nutty flavor and chewy texture, making them perfect for a variety of dishes.


Then We Add California Grown Mushrooms

Learn How Mushrooms Are Grown at Far West Fungi

Over the past several years, mushrooms are popular, and exotic mushrooms even more. Mushrooms have a ton of health benefits and are delicious in a variety of recipes. Learn how they grow right here in the Golden State!


Learn How Mushrooms are Grown at Far West Fungi

Next we add California Ripe Olives

Olive tree on an olive ranch.

How Ripe Olives are Grown in California

Here in California, we know a thing or two about how Ripe Olives are grown. Ripe Olives from the Golden State have a unique flavor unlike any other olives on the market. They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which make them a healthy and delicious addition to your diet.


Last, But Not Least, Add (the Star of the Show) California Prunes

Prunes are What???

Prunes are simply dried plums – nothing more, nothing less. All prunes are plums, but not all plums are prunes. California prunes are made from one particular variety of plums, the Petit d’Agen. This specific plum has the perfect amount of sugar, allowing it to fully ripen on the tree without fermenting.


California Prune Harvest

How is Rice Pilaf Different From Regular Rice?

Wild Rice Pilaf stands out from regular rice due to its enhanced flavor, distinct texture, and the use of a sautéing and flavor-infusing technique. It’s a versatile and flavorful side dish that can elevate your meals and is often used in a variety of cuisines worldwide. The primary difference between rice pilaf and regular rice is the cooking technique. While regular rice is typically boiled or simmered in water until it’s fully cooked, rice pilaf is first sautéed in oil or butter with aromatics and/or vegetables before being cooked in a flavored liquid.

Is Wild Rice Pilaf Healthy?

Wild rice pilaf can be a healthy and nutritious dish, but its healthiness depends on how it’s prepared and the specific ingredients used. Here are some factors to consider when assessing the healthiness of wild rice pilaf:

Wild Rice Pilaf on a table

Nutrient-Rich Wild Rice: Wild rice is a whole grain that is higher in protein, dietary fiber, and essential nutrients compared to white rice. It’s a good source of vitamins (such as B vitamins), minerals (like magnesium and phosphorus), and antioxidants.

Vegetables and Nuts: Many wild rice pilaf recipes include vegetables like mushrooms which provide vitamins and minerals, and nuts like almonds, pecans or pistachios, which contribute healthy fats and additional nutrients.

Low in Fat: Wild rice itself is low in fat, and the use of olive oil or other healthy fats for sautéing and flavor can make the dish relatively low in saturated fats.

Dried Fruits: Some recipes include dried fruits like prunes, which, while sweet, also add fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

High in Fiber: The combination of wild rice, vegetables, and other ingredients can make wild rice pilaf a fiber-rich dish, which is beneficial for digestive health and can help with feeling full and satisfied.

Customization: You have the flexibility to customize your wild rice pilaf with healthy ingredients that suit your dietary preferences. For example, you can add more vegetables, use less oil, or choose whole nuts and dried fruits.

Our Wild Rice Pilaf is so incredibly nourishing and delicious and elevates any meal. Wild rice, mushrooms, olives, and prunes come together to create a dish that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

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Wild Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms, Olives and Prunes

Alison Needham | A Girl Defloured
This wild rice pilaf is an earthy and deeply satisfying dish. California prunes add a touch of sweetness and are a great compliment to the umami-rich mushrooms. This would make an excellent holiday side dish or vegetarian main.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 209 kcal


  • medium saucepan


  • 3 TBSP California extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces mixed wild or shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 stalks of celery thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 8 California Prunes sliced, plus 3-4 whole prunes for garnish
  • 1 cup wild rice or wild rice blend
  • 1 ¾ cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup green California Ripe Olives sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup toasted salted pistachios chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped


  • Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, celery, onion, and garlic. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in wild rice, prunes, and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover tightly with lid. Simmer for 45 minutes, take pan off of the heat and let sit, covered, for an additional 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  • Fold in the olives and taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Place in a serving bowl. Top with pistachios, parsley, and the remaining prunes. Serve immediately.


Serve with roast chicken or as a vegetarian main dish!


Serving: 1portionCalories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 490mgPotassium: 365mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 364IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
Keyword black olives, california prunes, mushrooms, pistachios, wild rice, wild rice pilaf
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