Photo: Randy Dausch; Styling: Lindsey Lower
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

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

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

June 14, 2014

VickyJoJo's Review

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

Ashley914's Review

May 20, 2014

LiLouD's Review

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

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!