Rice Salad Caprese

Rice Salad Caprese
Staff Writer
Patricia Stagich

On a hot summer day, when a big pot of boiling pasta is unappealing, a rice salad is just the ticket.  You can boil the rice hours before you need it and just toss it together with other ingredients 30 minutes before you sit down to eat.

6
Servings
270
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 8 Ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 Cup shredded fresh basil leaves

Directions

Bring rice and 1 ¾ cups water to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook the rice until just tender, 15-20 minutes. Spread rice on a tray to cool.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until the onions have softened and the garlic is fragrant. Add the cooled rice and fry lighted to warm through. Toss in a bowl along with the tomatoes, mozzarella, and some salt and pepper for seasoning. In a small bowl, whisk the oil and lemon juice together in a small bowl and pour over the salad, tossing gently until all the rice is coated and ingredients are mixed well. Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour. Just before serving, toss in the basil, check seasonings, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
28g
22%
Protein
10g
22%
Vitamin A, RAE
44µg
6%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
70µg
78%
Calcium, Ca
38mg
4%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
19µg
5%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
57mg
18%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
117mg
17%
Sodium, Na
200mg
13%
Water
51g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Rice Shopping Tip

Rice is enjoyed in almost all cuisines and is readily available globally. For a simple side dish to any meat or vegetable entrée, rice is a great complement.

Rice Cooking Tip

Be sure you are using the correct type of rice needed to obtain the result you are looking for. Long grain rice stays fluffy and individual while shorter grain rice is starchier. Also, rinse all rice before use.

Rice Wine Pairing

Tempranillo or other light Spanish red wine types with paella, even seafood paella. Various other wines depending on what rice is cooked with; see Pasta Recipes and other individual food types.