Caprese Rice Salad
2 Tbsp, plus 1 tsp olive oil, divided
⅓ cup(s), fresh, chopped
Fresh cherry tomato(es)
1 cup(s), or grape tomatoes
Whole milk mozzarella cheese
6 oz, fresh, cut into chunks
1 small, chopped
Uncooked jasmine rice
- In a large serving bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil, vinegar, basil, tomatoes, mozzarella, salt and pepper. Set aside and allow to marinate while rice cooks.
- Heat remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add rice and 1 3/4 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
- Toss rice with tomato mixture; serve warm or at room temperature. Yields about 3/4 heaping cup per serving.
- Flavor Booster: Substitute basmati rice for jasmine rice and give this salad a nutty flavor. Rich-tasting hazelnut oil can replace the olive oil, and a light dusting of finely chopped hazelnuts completes the transformation.