Traditional cold rice salad is considered fast food in Italy, used for picnics and lunches on the go. Great for hot days when you don't want to heat up the kitchen. Add a few drops of your favorite hot pepper sauce for a dash of spice if you like. Many Italians add a few tablespoons of mayonnaise at the end.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
19 mins
additional:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 14 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 main-dish servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine water, rice, carrot, peas, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until rice is tender but still firm to the bite, about 14 minutes. Drain excess water; let cool, 10 to 15 minutes.

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  • Mix prosciutto cotto, Swiss cheese, button mushrooms, corn, green olives, black olives, pickle, artichoke hearts, olive oil, thyme, and oregano together in a large bowl. Stir in cooled rice mixture. Fold tuna into the salad.

  • Divide salad among 4 serving plates; garnish with hard-boiled eggs. Chill before serving, at least 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Use fresh peas if preferred.

Substitute mortadella for the prosciutto cotto if desired.

Nutrition Facts

625 calories; protein 29.7g 60% DV; carbohydrates 65.7g 21% DV; fat 26.5g 41% DV; cholesterol 255.3mg 85% DV; sodium 1265.8mg 51% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2018
This makes a great summer lunch dinner or picnic salad. The recipe as written is a great launching recipe - add anything you want or delete anything you don't want. You can make it vegetarian or add the meat and tuna. I added some chopped onion and a pinch of red pepper flakes for more flavor and some chopped celery and red bell pepper for 'crunch.' I used frozen peas and frozen corn. Equally good hot or cold Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2018
This makes a great summer lunch dinner or picnic salad. The recipe as written is a great launching recipe - add anything you want or delete anything you don't want. You can make it vegetarian or add the meat and tuna. I added some chopped onion and a pinch of red pepper flakes for more flavor and some chopped celery and red bell pepper for 'crunch.' I used frozen peas and frozen corn. Equally good hot or cold Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/02/2019
The Insalata di Riso was loaded with good ingredients. I made this unique cold dish for a late afternoon lunch. It could have used a bit more zing though. I wish I had added the miracle whip (I am not a Mayo fan) that I usually add to cold pasta/rice dishes. Or a small amount of Italian dressing. Otherwise the dish was well recepted enjoyed by all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2019
I used sushi rice, enoki mushrooms, sweet corn, Italian seasoning, Costco artichoke hearts , 4 eggs added some peppers Read More
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