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Arborio Insalata Caprese

Arborio rice cooks to pillowy perfection for this delicate salad. Rolando raves: The earlier you make this salad, the more flavor you’ll get. It’s really delicious the next day too, just garnish with fresh basil.”

  • Serves: 6
  • Complexity: easy
Arborio Insalata Caprese



To pre-cook the rice: Bring salted water to a boil. Add rice to the boiling water, and cook until al dente, approximately 12 minutes. Drain rice, and spread lightly with your fingers on a baking sheet to cool (this helps it retain its al dente texture). Allow to cool.

To prepare the dish: In a large bowl combine cooked rice, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves. Pour olive oil over the mixture and stir to distribute evenly. Stir in cracked pepper and salt to taste.

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This salad is the perfect canvas for other Italian pantry products. Try one or more of these additions:


Created by Rolando Beramendi

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