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Mediterranean Rice Salad Delight

A Refreshing Italian-Inspired Rice Salad Perfect for Any Occasion

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Mediterranean Rice Salad Delight

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 19 minutesRest time: 40 minutesTotal time:1 hour 14 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:625 kcal Best Season:Summer

Description

Discover the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean with our Mediterranean Rice Salad Delight. This dish combines rice with an array of fresh vegetables, savory meats, and tangy seasonings to create a refreshing and satisfying meal. Ideal for warm weather gatherings or as a colorful side dish, this salad is sure to impress.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, rice, diced carrot, peas, and a pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 14 minutes, or until the rice is tender but still slightly firm. Drain any excess water and allow the rice to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine diced prosciutto cotto, Swiss cheese, sliced button mushrooms, corn kernels, green olives, black olives, diced pickles, and chopped artichoke hearts. Add olive oil, thyme, and oregano, and mix well. Once the rice has cooled, stir it into the vegetable and cheese mixture. Gently fold in the tuna.
  3. Divide the salad evenly among 4 serving plates and garnish each with slices of hard-boiled eggs. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • – Feel free to substitute the ham and tuna with other proteins like chicken or shrimp.
    – This salad can be prepared a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
    – Add a splash of vinegar for extra tanginess if desired.
Keywords:Mediterranean, Rice Salad, Italian-Inspired, Fresh Vegetables

Can I use brown rice instead of long-grain rice?

Yes, brown rice can be used, but adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Is it possible to make this salad vegetarian?

Absolutely! Simply omit the ham and tuna and add more vegetables or use plant-based protein alternatives.

How long can I store the salad in the fridge?

The salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I add other vegetables to the salad?

Yes, feel free to add other vegetables like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, or artichoke hearts for more variety.

What can I serve with this rice salad?

This salad pairs well with grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or as part of a picnic spread.

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