Summer is such a special time in the Italian culinary world. With all of the beach combing happening up and down the boot, it’s time to go back to the summertime easy-to-prepare-and-eat-cold dishes like Insalata di Riso (Rice Salad).
Typically, the ingredients are as follows:
– boiled rice
– sweet corn
– green peas
– olives (green AND black, if you like)
– sliced frankfurters
– diced tomatoes
– diced aged cheese
– sliced hard-boiled eggs (used as garnish)
– extra-virgin olive oil
– lemon juice or vinegar
Your average Italian mamma would probably stick with these ingredients. Cooked, cooled rice is tossed with all ingredients and enjoyed at room temperature or cold. It is not unheard of to use olive-oil-packed tuna in place of the frankfurters or diced salami/mortadella. You can substitute other grains such as farro or barley.
Anything goes and the only limit is your imagination! Salt to taste and tweak the flavors to suit your palate.
Insalata di Riso is one of those dishes that is just great for a picnic anywhere, even if you can’t eat it in the Mediterranean sea breeze.