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Rice Salad with Fava Beans and Pistachios

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  • Author: Teri Turner
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


A fantastic side dish that is full of bright flavors and nutritious ingredients. 


  •   ½ cup wild rice
  •   Kosher salt
  •   1 cup basmati rice
  •  1 dried Iranian lime (optional)
  •   1 cup fresh shelled fava beans (from about 1 lb. pods) or frozen, thawed
  •   ½ cup chopped fresh dill
  •   ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  •   ½ cup unsalted, raw pistachios
  •   ¼ cup olive oil
  •   1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  •   ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  •   ½ tsp Iranian lime powder or 1 finely grated lime zest


  1. Cook wild rice in a medium pot of boiling salted water until tender and grains start to split, 35—40 minutes. Drain; let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, combine basmati rice, lime, if using, and 1½ cups water in a medium saucepan, season with salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Cover; let sit until water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Let cool; discard lime.
  3. If using fresh fava beans, cook in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain; transfer to a bowl of ice water. Drain and peel. (If using frozen fava beans, cook 2 minutes; transfer to a bowl of ice water, then drain.)
  4. Toss wild rice, basmati rice, dill, parsley, pistachios, oil, lemon zest and juice, lime powder, and fava beans in a large bowl; season with salt.


Do Ahead: Fava beans can be cooked and peeled 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Wild and basmati rice can be cooked 2 days ahead; cover and chill.

Tip:  Dried Iranian limes, also known as limu omani, are available at Middle Eastern markets and online.