Wild Rice & Butternut Squash

This was our first Thanksgiving in Richmond and it was wonderful! My lovely sister in law hosted us all of us at her house and there was enough food to feed an army! I volunteered to make butternut squash, but I wanted to make something that didn’t need to be served immediately out of the oven, since I knew oven space would be tight. I settled on a recipe that could be served at room temperature. I adapted this recipe from Bon Appetite and it turned out pretty well!

butternut squash salad

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Wild Rice & Butternut Squash
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This side dish is perfect served chilled or at room temperature. It easily serves 12 as a side dish so you can halve the recipe if you don't need that much!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 medium butternut squash
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  1. Preheat the oven to 450.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and add the rice. Simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Peel and cube the butternut squash into 1 inch cubes.
  4. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and spread the squash into an even layer.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping once. (You may need to roast it a bit longer, depending on your oven. Make sure it's a bit brown on the sides.)
  6. Once both are cooked, spread out the cooked rice and butternut squash onto foil and let cool.
  7. Remove the seeds from the pomegranate. (It's easier if you do it while it's submerged in water!)
  8. Mix together the olive oil, honey, and vinegar.
  9. Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl and serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

wild rice

We had a huge Thanksgiving dinner with my family and my sister in laws family so it was fun being together! The mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing we’re ah-maze-ing. Who needs turkey when you have amazing side dishes?

I’m thinking about braving a bit of shopping today to try to knock out my Christmas shopping and pick up a few things for the house. But first, I need some more coffee.

wild rice with butternut squash

Wish me luck. I’m hoping to show you some before & after pictures of the house on Monday, so hopefully we can get the house put together in some sort of order. Right now, there are boxes and tools everywhere, but things are coming together!

What was the best dish you ate yesterday?

Linking up with Semi-Healthy Saturday.


  1. The wild rice and butternut squash looks really tasty! Especially the pom seeds, yum!

  2. Good lord, the colors in this are amazing. I love the use of pomegranates with pistachios. Genius!!

    Good luck with the shopping. I probably won’t leave the house today, not if I can help it anyway.

  3. And I love anything with butternut squash, especially combing it with rice- such a great texture. Best thing I had yesterday was the combo of sweet potato casserole, stuffing and mashed potatoes all in one bite.

  4. You had me at pistachios I love them, and I really enjoy having them in a salad. Normally my favorite side dish are my truffle mashed potatoes, but yesterday I enjoyed some yummy green beans.

  5. Great healthy holiday idea! I just love pomegranate. My Thanksgiving was pretty low-key – just the three of us – so I didn’t go overboard with any fancy recipes. The mashed potatoes were a fun treat because I don’t make them too often.

  6. Yum, I love butternut squash! My mom made a delicious walnut and sage stuffing that I devoured 🙂

  7. I have to agree with Meghan..I’m loving these colors! It actually matches your blog colors! 😉

    Thank you for linking up, friend! 🙂

  8. You’ve just combined all my favorite things! Love wild rice, pistachios, butternut, AND pomegranate! This looks delicious!!!

  9. Coffee always!! These are two great looking meals!!

  10. The mashed potatoes, gravy and mac n cheese were my favorites. Plus the popovers were amazing 🙂 Hope you and your hubby enjoyed your first Thanksgiving together as spouses! Have a great one Liz! -Iva

  11. This recipe is SCREAMING Christmas dinner. I think you’ve just made the decision for me for what i’ll be contributing to my family Christmas dinner this year, lol thank you! And thank you for sharing lovely 🙂

  12. that quinoa dish looks so good and festive, love the addition of pomegranate. I’ve yet to have one this season, which makes me sad.

  13. I am game for anything with pistachios! The best thing I ate on Thanksgiving was probably the corn. It was fresh from a local farm and had absolutely nothing in – just pure, sweet corn.

  14. This combination of nuts, pomegranate seeds, wild rice and butternut squash looks amazing and I’ll bet it tastes even better! It is the perfect fall dish.

  15. This truly is an excellent addition to a Thanksgiving feast– so original and fresh. Thank you. We will be enjoying this and I will think of you when I get all the compliments! : )

  16. I love the combination of pistachios and wild rice. Plus anything with butternut squash is tops in my book. So you’ve hit virtually all the bases for a perfect side dish (or even main) in my book.

  17. Do you have any advice for making this ahead, maybe the day before?

  18. This looks delicious. I’m looking for a recipe that can be eaten at room temp so this fits the bill! I’ll try making it. I love recipes with butternut squash, one of my favorite foods!


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