Rice Salad Caprese

Staff Writer
Rice Salad Caprese
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.

Ready in
30 m
6
Servings
346
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
20g
31%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Protein
11g
22%
Carbs
31g
10%
Vitamin A
90µg
10%
Vitamin B12
0.9µg
14.4%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
6.3%
Vitamin C
10mg
17%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
N/A
Vitamin E
2mg
10%
Vitamin K
20µg
25%
Calcium
204mg
20%
Fiber
2g
7%
Folate (food)
15µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
143µg
36%
Folic acid
75µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
10%
Magnesium
23mg
6%
Monounsaturated
11g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
8%
Phosphorus
180mg
26%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
184mg
5%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
8%
Sodium
331mg
14%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
14.8%
Zinc
2mg
11%

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