Published On: Thu, Jun 27th, 2019

Insalata di riso

Make an Italian-inspired rice salad with this simple recipe by Mario Matassa – perfect for summer dining or a light lunch

Rice salad

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 10-12 minutes


• 300g rice

• 4 artichoke heads, chopped

• 10-12 black olives, pitted, chopped

• 10 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

• 2 medium carrots, peeled, chopped

• 1 small tin of sweetcorn

• 1 roasted red or yellow pepper,
skin removed

• 2 tbsp capers in brine

• 200g mozzarella, torn

• 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

• 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

• salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, then add the rice and cook according to packet instructions. Drain, then rinse under cold water to halt the cooking. Set aside to cool. 

2 Once cold, transfer the rice to a large bowl and add the artichoke, olives, tomatoes, carrot, sweetcorn, pepper and capers. Mix together well, then add the mozzarella. Mix the oil and vinegar together in a bowl, then add this to the rice too. Thoroughly mix everything together and taste for seasoning before serving.

TIP If you wish, skin the peppers as per the tip for the Mediterranean sandwich above. Be careful with the seasoning, as the olives and capers will already be salty.


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