Caprese Rice Salad

You’ll love this fresh Caprese Rice Salad layered with cherry tomatoes, leafy greens, mozzarella and fluffy white rice drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette.

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Caprese Rice Salad

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Ready in


  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice
  • 1 cup salad greens
  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinaigrette, divided
  • 4 small mozzarella balls, halved
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • balsamic reduction (optional)


  • All you need is 5 minutes to assemble this Caprese Rice Salad and you’ll have a light and satisfying dish layered with mozzarella, fresh basil and sliced cherry tomatoes drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette. Make sure to use Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice for filling and quality rice in less time!

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions. Set aside and allow to cool.

    Step 2

  • Toss greens with half the vinaigrette in a medium bowl and place on a serving plate.

    Step 3

  • Toss rice, mozzarella balls, tomatoes, basil and pepper with remaining vinaigrette.

    Step 4

  • Place mixture on top of greens. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with balsamic reduction, if using.

    Recipe Tips

    Small, bite-sized, fresh mozzarella balls are also called ciliegine. You can substitute sliced or shredded mozzarella, or larger bocconcini if you can’t find the smaller balls of mozzarella.

Anytime Salad

Caprese salad is one of those light dishes that can be enjoyed almost year-round. It’s versatile and delicious as a side dish, snack or appetizer! Our take on the classic includes the addition of fluffy white rice to give it just one more layer of delicious texture and flavor.

The beauty of this recipe is that it uses microwavable Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice, which is perfectly portioned in single-serving cups so you can assemble it on-the-go! Toss your rice in the microwave and heat for 1 minute, let cool and add your favorite Caprese ingredients. Making delicious dishes doesn’t always require hours in the kitchen.

Caprese, Reinvented

If you’re a Caprese lover but looking for a dairy-free or vegan option, simply swap out the mozzarella for creamy sliced avocado and omit the Parmesan cheese or replace it with dairy-free cheese.

If you’re always looking for new ways to spruce up your Caprese salad, try this refreshing Chicken Caprese and Strawberry Rice Salad made with fruit, vegetables, protein and grains for a delicious and complete meal, in a short amount of time!

You can also add a bit of protein like chicken to the top and add this to your list of other chicken and rice recipes.

Other Meal Inspiration

For something with more of an Asian flavor, try this Fried Egg on Rice recipe or a rice cooker Mexican rice recipe.

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