Cold Rice Salad with … Whatever You Like

As high temperatures set in, there is a dish that makes its appearance unfailingly at my table, which is the Cold Rice Salad. 

It is simple, versatile, good and fresh, and relatively low in calories. A dish that anyone can tailor to his/her fancies like nothing else.  

Uncle Ben’s ”Al Dente!”

In Italy, there is plenty of rice just right for this recipe, but I used to like Uncle Ben’s parboiled Long Grain Whole or white Grain Rice a lot. Because of its long grains that understand Italian very well and keep “al dente” all the time!

I always use original (old-fashioned) cooking times. I do not think that saving 5 min. cooking is worth buying pre-cooked foods/meals.

Once cooked and cooled, without the final cold shower; for this scope, I keep a tray in the refrigerator and then put my drained rice there to cool faster; hence there is no need for cold rinsing. 

While cooking, in a bowl I add the “extras” that I like the most. Likewise anyone should add their favorites. 

This is my list, give and take:

1. Canned tuna fish (in EV Oil);

2. Pickles – sliced;

3. Cocktail onions because I like the crunch;

4. Mixed pickled vegetables; 

5. Capers to add some excitement;

6. Hard-boiled egg(s) – 1 per serving;

7. And some green olives!

That’s Just Me

But many recipes call for some kind of cheese (Emmenthal comes to mind), red and yellow bell peppers, peas, maybe green beans … and whatever else one likes. 

But many recipes call for some kind of cheese (Emmenthal comes to mind), red and yellow bell peppers, peas, maybe green beans … and whatever else one likes. 

The Good Part

It keeps well for a couple of days; I dare say it is even better after a night in the fridge. 

After that, it is fun to serve it in whatever creative ways the mood dictates. Even in small individual jars, on a tray for a dinner ”al fresco,” or piled up in a fancy way along with a very cool glass of chardonnay.  

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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