Eating on the beach
Fresh and inviting, the rice salad is one of the most representative single dishes of the summer season, because it can be prepared in advance and taken to the beach for a lunch under an umbrella. Just choose quality ingredients, which always make the difference in terms of taste and also range with your imagination, because cold rice is very versatile and goes well with any seasoning.
Ideas, creativity and taste under the umbrella
The rice salad is a convenient solution for lunch on the beach, especially if stored safely in a practical lunch box , specially designed for the transport of cold or hot dishes and made with certified materials for food, which keep the taste of each dish unaltered.
Inside a functional lunch kit , in addition to the lunch box it is possible to find everything that can be used to consume a cold rice salad by the sea: everything, including cutlery, has its own dedicated space and it is also possible to bring your favorite drink with you inside a special thermal bottle, with a linear design and cheerful colors, very "summer".
Here are four simple and appetizing ideas for enjoying a rice salad under an umbrella.
4 quick and tasty summer recipes based on rice salad
To prepare these fresh salads, we always start by boiling the rice, which must be seasoned with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and left to cool before being mixed with the condiments.
The quality of the rice to use will depend only on personal taste: for salads, parboiled is ideal, but red, yellow, Venere or Basmati rice are also fine.
Nicoise rice salad
Fresh but very nutritious, it is a real single dish, very easy to prepare. It includes the same ingredients as the famous Salade Niçoise, the vegetable salad originally from the Côte d'Azur, with the addition of yellow Ribe rice: then, boiled and chopped potatoes and green beans, hard-boiled eggs, well-drained tuna in oil, olives sliced black and cherry tomatoes, all scented with a few leaves of fresh basil.
A tip: if we prepare the salad the day before to consume it on the beach the next day, add the boiled potatoes just before leaving the house, to prevent them from losing freshness and flavor by staying together with the other ingredients for a long time.
Venus rice salad with tuna and red peppers
A unique and captivating appearance and a flavor that is no exception, thanks to the combination of red peppers with tuna and the freshness of mozzarella.
A rice salad that can be enjoyed cold or warm and also lends itself to some variations: the peppers can be quickly sautéed in a pan, or added raw; we can season the rice with garlic or basil flavored oil and the mozzarella can be replaced with cubes of feta or vegetable cheese.
Cold rice with courgettes, eggs and ham
Perfect to be enjoyed by the sea, it is a delicious, light and nutritious dish. Just sauté the diced courgettes for 5 minutes in a pan with extra virgin olive oil and a clove of unpeeled garlic and then add cubes of cooked ham.
Separately, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt and a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese and pour them into the same pan where we browned the courgettes, letting them cook until they have set.
Then crumble the egg "omelette" with the help of a spatula, add the zucchini and ham and leave to flavor for a few minutes, before turning off the heat. When the sauce has cooled, pour it over the rice and complete, as desired, with cubes of scamorza or mozzarella.
Exotic salad with fruit and shrimps
An unusual taste for a very fragrant dish, ideal for hot days spent by the sea. After boiling the Basmati rice al dente, dice the yellow melon, papaya and pineapple, gently mix the fruit cubes and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.
Peel the avocado, cut the pulp into cubes and season it with lemon juice and a little extra virgin olive oil.
Let's assemble our exotic salad by adding the boiled shrimp, avocado and diced fruit to the rice; finally, we mix and season with salt. The only trick: do not prepare this salad too early, to prevent the fruit from releasing liquids or oxidizing on the surface.