Green Tea Rice with Vidalia Onions & Cherries

by Amie on July 8, 2013

If you’re feeling a tad bored with your summertime eats, this vegetarian rice recipe is just the thing!

I’ve posted a few rice dishes lately because I love how easy and delicious they are. I mean, come on…make a batch of rice on a Sunday night and you’ve gotta week’s worth of yummy recipes to make. Rice porridge for breakfast, rice burritos for lunch, rice salad for dinner and rice pudding for dessert. Easy as 1,2,3. But have you ever tried cooking with tea and making a rice recipe? I didn’t think so!

Rice is the perfect post-indulgent weekend meal option to combat that bloat and get you fitting into your skinny jeans in record time.

I make my rice salads in a simple way using brown rice, Vidalia onions, dried cherries, summer fresh basil and freshly brewed green tea. It’s the best and is one of my favorite lunches.

Enjoy the summertime sunshine today, if that’s your thing. And if you’re cooped up in an office cubicle somewhere- I’m sending you hugs…simply close your eyes and imagine making and eating this dish for dinner ‘tnite and again for lunch tomorrow…

Because it’s just that good.

Enjoy!

4.3 from 6 reviews

Green Tea Rice with Vidalia Onions & Cherries
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Serves: 4
 
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Ingredients
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice
  • 1½ cups green tea, brewed and chilled
  • 1 large Vidalia Onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ tsp. fresh orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, boil green tea with salt and pepper. Stir in rice; return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cover and cook for 20 minutes then remove from heat and add onions, cherries and spinach. Set aside, covered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a large mixing bowl; add remaining ingredients. Gently toss to combine.
  3. Serve at room temperature.
Notes
Serving Size: ¾ cup Calories: 115.8 cal • Fat: 1.7 g • Protein: 2.5 g • Carbs: 23.2 g • Fiber: 2.4 g • Sugar: 5.9 g • Sodium: 119.8 mg

 

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Sami July 8, 2013 at 8:34 am

you know, I never thought of that, but now that I have, brown rice ALWAYs helps me feel less bloated!! this is such a creative recipe! green tea rice?! :) YUM!

xo.

thanks for the entry into the hail merry macaroons giveaway!

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Laura Gay July 8, 2013 at 8:35 am

Another must do dish! Keep ‘em coming :)

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Christopher Sorel July 8, 2013 at 8:40 am

yum recipe and will saving it to try

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Christin lusk July 8, 2013 at 8:42 am

Such a fun recipe! I love cherries, and for some reason I never think to put them in my dishes. This recipe is a great reminder of how creative and easy it is to make something delicious and unique.

And thank you for the entry for the macaroons! :)

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Karen Makar July 8, 2013 at 8:47 am

This dish looks amazing! My brown rice always turns out crunchy :(

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Ricki July 8, 2013 at 9:02 am

Looks delish, Amie! I would never have thought to cook the rice in tea–GREAT idea! What are the little red things sprinkled on top–chili pepper?

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kc July 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

Your photographs make every recipe look tantalizing. Thanks also for the Hail Mary contest.

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Jessica July 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

I love the idea of adding dried fruit to summer salads! And, I love macaroons :)

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Summar ann July 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

This looks so delicious! I love the addition of the cherries. Yum!

Also I love hail merry & would love to win your contest! :). Thanks amy!

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Nicole Trevisan July 8, 2013 at 9:33 am

green tea!? what a great idea….different yet interesting! =)

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Todd Bliss July 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

I’m not much into vegetarian meals but that does like a good meal

I think I will have to give it a try.

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Kristy Wilsey July 8, 2013 at 9:45 am

Perfect! I am cooking shiskabobs with brown rice tonight! The macaroons look yummy!

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Karen D July 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

I am so trying this…because of the humidity, I just put my dried cherries in the freezer, so I’d like to use them up! Sounds like opportunity knocking!

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Johanna July 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

This recipe looks amazing! Thank you for your inspiring ideas!

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Samantha July 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

Rice is my go-to snack! Love it mixed with almond butter, raisins and (optional) a touch of honey, then rolled into little balls for a delicious snack. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

Thanks for the entry in the macaron giveaway!

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Ash- foodfashionparty July 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

Very original. Never tried this one, might have to give this delicious looking salad a try.

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Heather July 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

I looove green tea! I’ve never thought of using it in my cooking before. I also love cherries!! :-) I have a feeling I’d like this recipe.

P.S. The Hail Merry macaroons you mentioned on FB sound so good! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that brand before.

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James Kennedy July 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

This sounds delicious and healthy as all of your recipes do. I will try it out this week when I get some dried cherries! I imagine some Macaroons would go well with this for dessert! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Beth July 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

New to your web-site-looking forward to trying your recipes!! Macaroons sound fabulous!!!

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Jessie July 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Cooking with green tea?! BRILLIANT! Can’t wait to try this one, Aim! XOXO

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Emily July 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Interesting combination! Looks great.

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Kim July 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

The cherries make it.:)

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Donna Lobel July 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Amazing! I’m a green tea drinker so this is tight up my alley!

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Chantelle July 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Mmm… I can’t wait to try this one! I am a massive fan of green tea :-)What variety of onion would you substitute if you cannot get Vadalia onions (sadly they are not available in Australia)
Thanks!

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Amie July 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Chantelle,
You can use any sweet white onion for this recipe. Enjoy darling!
xoxo

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Erin July 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

Amie, this dish sounds so delicious. Have you tried it with a little mint? I was thinking of making it with Moroccan Mint green tea. I think the mint and the orange would really go well together. If you like, I’ll send you some Moroccan Mint Tea!

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Amie July 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

Thanks Erin; I will try using mint tea. Great idea!

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yummychunklet July 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm

All these add-ins sound great!

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veenashankar February 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Green tea rice is something I wanted to try for long time.. nice recipe

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Amie February 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Thank you!!

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