Holiday Side Dish Recipe - Cranberry Rice Recipe with Spinach and Pears

Cranberry Pear Spinach Rice Pilaf

This Cranberry Pear Spinach Rice Pilaf will make a delicious new side dish for your holiday dinner! The spinach rice makes a hearty base for the slightly sweet cranberries and pears. Then add in pecans if you want a subtle crunch! 

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Maggie Roush


  • 1.5 cups Minute Rice of your choice
  • 1 3/4 cups pear juice, substitute for the water exactly
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped into strips


  1. In a large non-stick pot, prepare rice following the instructions and substituting the water for the pear juice.

  2. In a large skillet, melt butter and add chopped onions. Cooked for 2-3 minutes. Add spinach and pecans for another few minutes, stirring often. Lastly add pear in for a couple minutes, stirring often. Then, remove from heat.

  3. Add rice, cranberries and seasoning - stir well.

  4. Serve right away or put in oven on low to keep warm until ready!