On hot summer nights, given that we don’t have air conditioning, I’m always looking for a meal that’s easy to prepare, doesn’t involve the oven and sounds good to me when it’s warm outside. This one is a family favorite that I thought I’d share.
Italian Rice Salad:
2 cups steamed white rice
1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
1 cup frozen corn (thawed)
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup good quality feta cheese (and you may want more than this, I love mine really cheesy, so I’d add more.)
1 cup ripe, sweet cherry tomatoes
handful of chunked Italian ham (optional) (you could add kidney beans, too, for protein, if you want a veggie salad)
1/2 cup sliced olives (optional)
1/2 cup prepared pesto
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 -1/2 cup red wine vinegar (start slow and add to taste)
salt and pepper to taste
Mix dressing in a small bowl, set aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients, then pour the dressing over it. Mix well. You can eat it immediately, but it’s better after an hour or so. Even better late that night!
I love to pair this salad with some warm, fresh rosemary focaccia from Trader Joe’s and a glass of raspberry iced tea. I’ll have some mango sorbet for dessert if I’m feeling like a sweet treat.
Mmmmm. Now I’m hungry. If you make this meal, let me know what you think!