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Insalata di Riso (Italian Rice Salad)

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"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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1 h 14 m servings 625
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 main-dish servings )


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Per Serving: 625 calories; 26.5 65.7 29.7 255 1266 Full nutrition

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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 vegetari...

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 whi...

I used sushi rice, enoki mushrooms, sweet corn, Italian seasoning, Costco artichoke hearts , 4 eggs added some peppers