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By: Loretta Sebastiani

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Rice salads

I learnt how to do a rice salad since I was a child. My mother was a great cook and she was used to do rice salad all year round. I saw her to combine rice with many ingredients: fish, meat, pickled vegetables, bell peppers or mushrooms in oil, peas, beans, salami, cheese ... She prepares the best rice salads on Holiday Season to recycle all leftovers :)) Then in the 80s I tasted my first pasta salad. I have been experiencing since that time what is the best dish. I don't know. Both taste fantastic! And you? what's your preferred dish?

Traditional Italian rice salad in a flat plate
Rice salad

Mini guide to the rice salad

Rice is the main ingredient. Choose it well and cook al dente stage because the overcooked rice salad is very uninviting.
Then add a few ingredients if you make it for your family not to increase its calories too much ;)
On the contrary add many ingredients if you prepare it for a special occasion. The more you add the better it is.
Remember to plan two versions of rice salad for your parties. An alternative could be a dish of cold rice and a dish of pasta salad. One should be vegetarian because it is increasing the number of people who chose this lifestyle .

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Rice salad recipes

To begin some news about rice salad calories ...

Rice salad with hot red salsa and beans

Rice salad with hot red salsa and beans

It's a spicy rice salad made with rubra sauce and beans. A few ingredients for a low-calorie rice dish.

Rice salad with chick peas and tuna in oil

It's the favorite recipe of many people. It's an easy-and-quick to do recipe if made with canned chick peas. On the contrary total time you need is much more but its taste is delicious.

Rice salad with 'nduja and beans

Insalata di riso multigusto

This cold rice is a recipe of mine. It is made with a typical Calabrian salami called 'Ndujia that is a soften salami can be spread on bread. I thought it may be delicious combined with rice and legumes. I wasn't wrong ;))

Italian rice salad

Italian rice salad

Its main ingredients? salami, eggs, cheese, tuna and vegetables in oil. Tasty enough to be served in your special occasion menu

Traditional rice salad

Cold rice made with tuna, peas, quail eggs and vegetables in oil. A dish rich in ingredients that everybody likes very much.

Rice salad with fish

Rice salad with fish

As the name says this rice salad is dedicated to lovers of seafood. Its main ingredients are octopus, squid, shrimp, surimi, and clams. Very good!

Seafood rice salad

Seafood rice salad

This rice salad is really special. First of all for its ingredients different from usual. Who of you has the habit to use sea asparagus? If you want to impress your guests choose this recipe ;)

Delicate rice

Delicate rice

A few ingredients for this rice salad creamy but appetizing: mayonnaise, boiled eggs, cotto ham and sweet and sour peppers. Really delicious!

Classic rice salad


Cotto ham, Emmental, boiled eggs, olives, mushrooms and grilled vegetables in olive oil, peas, and the usual sweet and sour bell peppers. Rich and well balanced. Excellent cold dish for your special occasions.

Rice salad with shrimps, peas and bell peppers

Rice salad with shrimps, peas and bell peppers

This is a simple-to-do cold dish, ideal for a meal, buffet-style all year round or for your get-togethers in summer. Recipe to make in advance.

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