You’ll love this fresh Caprese Rice Salad, made with cherry tomatoes, leafy greens, mozzarella and fluffy white rice all drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette.
Think you can spare 5 minutes to assemble this Caprese Rice Salad? This light and satisfying dish layered with mozzarella, fresh basil and sliced cherry tomatoes drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette is worth every second! Make sure to use Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice for filling and quality rice in less time.
Heat rice according to package directions. Set aside and allow to cool.
Toss greens with half the vinaigrette in a medium bowl and place on a serving plate.
Toss rice, mozzarella balls, tomatoes, basil and pepper with remaining vinaigrette.
Place rice mixture on top of greens. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with balsamic reduction, if using.
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.
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 our microwavable Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice. Perfectly portioned in single-serving cups, this rice makes it easier than ever to assemble on-the-go meals. 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!
If you’re a caprese lover but are in search of a dairy-free or vegan option, simply swap out the mozzarella for creamy sliced avocado. You’ll also want to omit the Parmesan cheese or replace it with dairy-free cheese.
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. It’s a delicious and complete meal, that’s ready in a short amount of time!
For more protein, feel free to add chicken to this dish. Or, for a crowd-pleasing chicken and rice dish, try our 15-Minute Chicken and Rice Dinner.
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