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Arborio Insalata Caprese

Arborio rice cooks to pillowy perfection for this delicate salad.

Rolando raves: The earlier you make it the more flavor you’ll get; make it ahead. It’s really delicious the next day too, just garnish with fresh basil.”

  • Serves: 6
  • Complexity: easy
Arborio Insalata Caprese



Pre-cook the rice

  • Bring 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.

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.lucedio arborio insalata caprese zoom

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

Crudo olives

Antonino Caravaglio Capers

Oregano blossoms

Colatura – a tablespoon brings a bold, umami punch

Agresto – add a splash for brightness


Created by Rolando Beramendi

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