Zesty Orange Raisin Rice


One of my favorite food allergy authors, Linda Coss, has recently made her two cookbooks, What’s to Eat? and What Else is to Eat? available as ebooks! I love Linda’s recipes as they are so easy and fun to adapt, like this delightful orange raisin rice.

Zesty Orange Raisin Rice Recipe - versatile side dish or breakfast; naturally gluten-free and allergy-friendly

This orange raisin rice is a wonderful side dish with grilled chicken, tofu, or Moroccan food. But, I also like it for breakfast!

Note that Linda uses raspberry vinegar for the dressing. Since I didn’t have any on hand, I substituted apple cider vinegar in this orange raisin rice for delicious results that also go wonderfully with hints of spice, like cinnamon.

Special Diet Notes: Zesty Orange Raisin Rice

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, and vegetarian.

For more information on Linda Coss, her food allergy books, and to purchase direct, visit www.foodallergybooks.com

I’m sharing this recipe and post on Shirley’s awesome Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Gluten Free EasilyAllergy-Free Wednesdays at Adrienne’s blog, Whole New Mom, and The Weekend Social at The Midnight Baker.

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Zesty Orange Raisin Rice
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 cups orange juice (fresh-squeezed or not from concentrate, if possible)
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (use agave nectar for vegan)
  • ½ tablespoon canola, grapeseed or rice bran oil
  • ½ tablespoon raspberry vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ cup raisins, soaked in hot water if not plump
  1. Place the orange juice in 2-1/2 or 3-quart pot; cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and stir in rice; cover and cook over low for 20 minutes or until all juice is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together honey, oil, vinegar, salt, and cinnamon, if using, until the sweetener is dissolved.
  3. Fluff the rice. Stir the dressing and the raisins into the cooked rice. It may clump slightly due to the vinegar. Gently stir in the zest.
  4. Serve hot. If there are any leftovers, promptly store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy for breakfast!
Zesty Orange Raisin Rice Recipe - versatile side dish or breakfast; naturally gluten-free and allergy-friendly

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. I love citrus flavor in savory dishes and this rice looks fragrant and very tasty! Again, thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr ! I hope to see you there!

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