Photo: Randy Dausch; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Yield:
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)

Fresh cherries add a meaty bite and tart-sweet flavor. If you can't find fresh cherries, add 2 tablespoons boiling water to 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cherries. Let stand 10 minutes; drain and chop.

How to Make It

Heat rice according to package directions. Place rice in a medium bowl. Stir in onions and next 7 ingredients (through chickpeas). Sprinkle evenly with goat cheese.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Fantastic Side Dish

Tsettimi
July 19, 2015
It sounded a little odd when I read the recipe but these flavors really pull together in a wonderful side dish that will complement many types of meats/poultry.  Hubby loved it too.  We had it with grilled pork chops and a delicious pinot noir.  It will be something we have often during cherry season.

SandyMD's Review

SandyMD
August 16, 2014
Absolutely delicious warm or cold---fresh cherries are a wonderful addition---I cooked my own brown rice the night before and then just assembled the salad before dinner! Great summer meal

sukeedog's Review

sukeedog
June 14, 2014
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VickyJoJo's Review

Ashley914
May 20, 2014
Loved it. I substituted white wine vinegar and dried cranberries (rehydrated). Big hit with my family

Ashley914's Review

LiLouD
May 20, 2014
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LiLouD's Review

VickyJoJo
May 15, 2014
Yum. I had no green onions, so I diced up some red instead. The sweet/tart of the cherries and the creaminess of the goat cheese really knock this out of the park. It's fine at room temp - doesn't need to be warm, once the cheese is soft.

Tsettimi's Review

daneanp
May 14, 2014
This recipe was easy to make and tasted great! I didn't have white balsamic vinegar so I used white wine vinegar in place of it. Though, I only added a tablespoon and a half because the taste is sharper. I also used their method of plumping up dried cherries. Worked great!