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Easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf Recipe

  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


This Vegetable Rice Pilaf is an easy-to-make, healthy side dish that’s packed with nutrition, flavor, and fresh vegetables. Have it ready to serve with any main dish of choice in just 30 minutes! 


  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter (or oil)
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ cup carrots, shredded
  • 1½ teaspoon chopped sage (or ½ tsp dried)
  • 1½ teaspoon chopped thyme (or ½ tsp dried)
  • 1½ teaspoon chopped rosemary(or ½ tsp dried)
  • 1 ¾ cups hot broth
  • 1 large or 2 small zucchini, cut into quarter moons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the vegan butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the diced onion and salt. Sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rice, garlic, carrot, and herbs and mix together. Cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is lightly toasted, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the hot broth and mix together. Bring the heat up to medium and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the zucchini pieces and mix in, cover, and cook on low for 5 more minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and Let sit, covered, for 10 more minutes.
  6. Uncover and fluff the rice with a fork. Mix in the lemon juice, and parsley, and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Serve warm with more parsley and enjoy!



  • You can also opt for shredded sweet or white potatoes! Both work well in this and will bring in a different flavor 🙂
  • The nutrition facts do not take into consideration the addition of salt and pepper to taste.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 23 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free

Keywords: Vegan, Gluten-free, Stovetop, Entree, Rice, Pilaf, Zucchini, Carrot