Insalata di Riso (Italian Rice Salad)


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
19 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 14 mins
4 main-dish servings


  • 3 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups long-grain rice

  • 1 large carrot, diced

  • ½ cup frozen peas

  • salt to taste

  • ¾ cup cubed prosciutto cotto (cooked ham)

  • ¾ cup diced Swiss cheese

  • ½ cup button mushrooms in oil, drained

  • cup canned corn, drained

  • cup sliced green olives

  • cup sliced black olives

  • cup diced pickle

  • cup sliced marinated artichoke hearts, drained

  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon thyme

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • 1 (3 ounce) can tuna, drained

  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, quartered


  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
27g Fat
66g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 625
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 255mg 85%
Sodium 1266mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 291mg 22%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 425mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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