#WorldOnAPlate: Insalata di riso

Hi! It’s again time for world on a plate! And this month we are doing grain salads.

I am late with the posting because of the Italy-England game and I have 3000 things to do before going to theater in 1 hour… So I’ll be brief and get straight business.

As grain salad, I am proposing an Italian classic: Insalata di riso (rice salad). The dish is typically eaten in summer and is a salad made with boiled rice and whatever you have in the fridge. Typical ingredients include: pickles, pickled onions, cubed ham, cubed cheese, boiled eggs, olives, tuna, pickled pepper, tomatoes, giardiniera, boiled peas…. Basically whatever you have in the fridge and like.

It is a dish that keeps well and can be enjoyed for days. It also works great for open air picnics or lunches. And obviously is a great way of using up leftovers.

Remember to check out what kind of salads people make around the globe!

#WorldOnAPlate: Insalata di riso

#WorldOnAPlate: Insalata di riso


  • 7. oz rice
  • 1 cup pickled vegetables (whatever you have and like)
  • 1 can tuna or 1/3 cup cubed ham
  • 1/3 cup cubed cheese
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • olive oil


  1. Boil rice and let it cool down
  2. In a bowl add all the ingredients cut to more or less equal size.
  3. Add the cold rice and mix well
  4. If needed add olive oil and seasoning (salt and pepper)

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28 Responses to #WorldOnAPlate: Insalata di riso

  1. This is so simple, yet looks delicious….:-)

  2. Love love love this! I love rice, I’m actually crazy about rice, I can live eating only rice for the rest of my life, and of course these are salad days. It’s so hot!
    Hope you had a good time at the theatre!

  3. Robert says:

    This recipe looks very nice. What I love about it is that I can make a lot of variations on it, since I practically use whatever ingredients I have at hand.

  4. Wow! that looks like one healthy salad, and it is pretty easy to cook for a non-cook like me too!

  5. A very delicious looking rice dish. I would love it for the lunch.
    p.s You may have noticed that my blog didn’t work last three days, now blogger finally fixed the problem and my blog works fine now.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Cucina49 says:

    I’ve only had this dish once, at a seaside restaurant in Imperia, but I’ve been wanting to have it again. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. Alida says:

    I do love insalata di riso. A classic , always good dish which you can make in advance and leave it in the fridge for a few days so you can have a few meals with it! Looks good too!

  8. This sounds like such a versatile dish. Sorry I am not able to participate this month. Hope to do so next month. Cheers!

  9. Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

  10. I love your Italian take on rice salad! Looks delicious. Go Italy!

  11. Dara says:

    Fab salad! I love clean out the fridge recipes.

  12. I love me a good rice salad! This looks perfect.

  13. Dewi says:

    Tobe honest with you, I never really made any rice salad before. But, your recipe looks pretty intriguing I must admit.

  14. Daniela says:

    Adoro l’insalata di riso, è perfetta per l’estate. La presentazione del piatto è splendida. un abbraccio Daniela.

  15. That’s a great salad! In fact I have all the ingredients for it in my pantry and fridge and always do! 😀

  16. Yum.
    This is the kind of salad that I could make and take to work, or munch on straight out of the fridge. I think it would be totally moreish!

  17. I love insalata di riso, such an Italian summer staple! Of course we had some during our beach vacation.

  18. Hmm salad with eggs on top – totally my style. I will not skip hard boiled eggs for salad. =) I’m really new to see rice in salad and I’m enjoying this series this month. I don’t even think I had salad with rice in other cuisines too! Totally opened my eyes!

  19. CCU says:

    What a beautiful looking dish 😀
    Very exotic!
    And loving your blog!

    Choc Chip Uru

  20. that sounds like a delicious salad for a picnic!

  21. Buona, l’insalata di riso assolutamente necessaria d’estate! 🙂

  22. I make a rice salad but yours sounds terrific with the pickled vegetables and tuna.

  23. Katerina says:

    Very refreshing very appropriate for this time of the year!

  24. Raymund says:

    I got to try this one, I never knew any rice salad dishes until now

  25. federica says:

    con questo caldo è perfetta!!!!!!baciiiiiiiii

  26. We’re so glad you posted a recipe for Insalata di Riso! It’s been on our minds for a couple of weeks. The argument in our household is mayo or no mayo – I prefer olive oil only, just as in your recipe, but Stefano likes a bit of mayonnaise in his insalata di riso.

  27. Frank says:

    A true classic. Nothing nicer for those sweltering summer days!

  28. I love this Pola! I think I could add some pickled beets as well for the color and the taste. Got to try it! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week ahead!

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