Rice pilaf is really blah. Sure, there are recipes for rice pilaf like this one (with pine nuts and basil) that sound slightly more interesting. But the key word is slightly. At the food website Simply Cooking, Shannon tells us that rice pilaf is "versatile." But isn't that what the Aussies would say about vegemite?
Why would anyone make rice pilaf when they could make risotto?
I find couscous, spaetzle or almost anything else to be much more appetizing than rice pilaf. To me, rice pilaf is what you make when you don't want to make a real side dish. But I'm sure there are some people somewhere who really like rice pilaf. Maybe.