Sweet Pea Prosciutto Rice Salad

Sweet Pea Prosciutto Rice Salad

Cool rice salads make for the perfect summer side dishes or main meals. They’re simple, easy to make, and easily adaptable to suit your personal preferences. This summery sweet pea prosciutto rice salad is light, healthy and delicious. Serve at your next family picnic or BBQ as a main meal or as a refreshing side dish.

This recipe calls for arborio rice, which when cooked ‘al dente’ has a slight bite, giving the salad some texture. However, feel free to substitute arborio with different rice grains-they have a variety of flavours and textures, which can add a ton of flavour in a rice salad. Also, it is essential that you use a good quality extra virgin olive oil, since the overall flavour of the rice itself really depends on the oil, spices and Parmesan.
Save yourself some time and energy by preparing this salad in two easy steps. Boil the rice in evening and store overnight in the fridge. The following day, simply add the thawed peas, chopped prosciutto and remaining ingredients. This sweet pea prosciutto salad is best served at room temperature. Personalize this recipe by adding any of your favourite ingredients, such as; grilled zucchini, eggplant, or red peppers, grilled chicken, green or black olives, roasted pine nuts or pepitas, feta or goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, flaked tuna, fresh herbs, such as basil, thyme, or parsley,  fresh lemon juice and/or lemon zest.

Sweet Pea Prosciutto Rice Salad

Sweet Pea Prosciutto Rice Salad

2013-09-05
: Serves 4
: 3-5 min
: 20-25 min

Cool rice salads make for the perfect summer side dishes or main meals. They’re simple, easy to make, and easily adaptable to suit your personal preferences. This summery sweet pea prosciutto rice salad is light, healthy and delicious. Serve at your next family picnic or BBQ as a main meal or as a refreshing side dish. This recipe …

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Ingredients
    6 cups water
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 cup frozen sweet peas
  • 4 slices prosciutto (cooked ham) chicken or turkey
  • 2-3 tbs. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 tbs. fresh mint, finely minced
  • 2-3 tbs. good quality extra-virgin olive oil
Directions

Bring the water to boil in a large pot. Once boiling, add the rice to the pot and cook for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, remove the peas from the freezer and chop the prosciutto.

Sweet Pea Prosciutto Rice Salad

After 15 minutes, add the peas to the boiling water with the rice and continue to cook for about 5 more minutes until just al dente. The rice should be cooked on the outside and have a slight bite on the inside.

Drain the rice and peas and rinse with cold water, which stops the cooking process. Although you should never rinse rice or pasta-it washes away the starches which help the sauce stick to it, in this case it renders the rice salad much fluffier and lighter. Set the rice and peas aside until slightly cooled. Once cooled, add the remaining ingredients and mix until the rice is well coated and the ingredients are combined. Store the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Sweet Pea Prosciutto Rice Salad

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