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Summer Salad with Rice, Avocado, Mozzarella Cheese and Porcini Mushrooms (Insalta estiva di riso, avocado, mozzarella e funghi)

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(Recipe ID: 845)

Serves 6

Preparation time: 50 minutes

Source: Doug Slocum

Why wait until summer?


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  • 6 medium Tomatoes (four for the dressing and two for the salad)
  • 6 Tablespoons Cassini - S'ciappau Extra Virgin Olive Oil* *
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped by hand at the last moment
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano* *
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger* *
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Crushed Whole Pink Peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt* *
  • 30 gr. (1 oz) Sea Salt* *
  • 450 gr. (1 lb) Intergrale Rice from Cascina Belvedere* *
  • 3 Ripe Avocados
  • 450 gr.(1 lb) Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Mint Leaves, chopped by hand at the last moment
  • 1/8 Teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 ounce Dry Porcini Mushroom* *
  • 1 cup hot water


  1. Soak porcini mushrooms in 1 cup hot water, set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.  Drop the tomatoes into the water, after 10 to 15 seconds remove them with a slotted spoon and plunge them into a bowl of ice water.  When they are cold, peel away the tomato skin, cut them into quarters and remove the seeds with a knife or your fingers.  Reserve two of the tomatoes for the salad and use the other four in the dressing.
  3. To prepare the dressing, place in a blender:  4 tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, basil, oregano, ginger, pink pepper and salt with iemon zest.  Process until smooth and keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil, salt the water (1 ounce of salt for 1 gallon of water).  As soon as it is boiling, pour in the Integrale rice and cook for 40 minutes; and then drain and cool.
  5. While the rice is cooling, dice the 2 reserved tomatoes into quarter inch pieces and place them into a large bowl.
  6. Drain the Porcini mushrooms and slice them.  Add tomatoes in bowl.
  7. Peel the avocados and cut into small (quarter inch) pieces and add to bowl.
  8. Dice the mozzarella cheese into similar cubes and add them to the bowl as well.
  9. Add the cooled rice and gently stir the salad together.  Just before serving, place the salad in 6 serving bowls, pour the dressing evenly divided over each bowl.  Sprinkle the chopped mint leaves over the top and enjoy. 

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