This morning a vague memory of last summer came to mind: some friends and I were in Sardinia, anchored with our boat in the beautiful waters of La Maddalena. Amidst the water games and lots of laughter, a certain pang had appeared in our bellies, luckily my mother had prepared a delicious cold rice salad for us! What goodness was that simple, fresh dish, perfect for hot summer days.
So today, like a bolt of lightning, I felt like making a big portion for me and my family but, alas, I didn’t have any carnaroli rice at home. That’s why I tried this equally fresh, equally fantastic recipe: Venus rice and a few other ingredients created an intoxicating display of flavours.
Cold rice or pasta salad for the summer time
Cold rice salad, like pasta salad, is one of my favourite recipes because it is simple and open to a million variations. Whether you use venere, brown or carnaroli rice, this dish is always fantastic. It can be made in a thousand ways: today I have brought you this simple version, with ingredients that more or less everyone has at home (with the exception of teriyaki sauce, which is only found in the homes of Japanese cuisine lovers).
In any case, you can vary the recipe according to the ingredients you prefer: it is also delicious with chickpeas, rocket, cherry tomatoes and avocado, not to mention how the rice goes with mozzarella, sausages and spring onions in oil! In short, give free rein to your imagination to create a recipe in the shape of you: fresh and healthy, or a little more fatty with the use of mayonnaise.
Having said that, all you have to do is lace up your apron and off you go – I hope you like it!