Caprese-Style Rice Side Dish

67.40742 (27 Ratings)
Recipe Yield: 5(1/2-cup) Servings


  • 1 pouch (8.8 oz) Rice-A-Roni Heat & Eat Garlic & Olive Oil Rice
  • 1 cup baby spinach or arugula (or a combination)
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Salt (optional)
  • Coarse grind black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • Sliced fresh basil

Preparation Steps

  1. Prepare rice according to package directions
  2. Place cooked rice in shallow bowl. Spread in single layer to cool, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add spinach or arugula, tomatoes and mozzarella. Toss gently to combine. Add salt, if desired and black pepper.
  4. Just before serving, drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle with basil.
  5. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve chilled, if desired.

Tips and Variations

  • Optional: Top with refrigerated pre-cooked chicken breast strips, plain or Italian style. Use whole strips or chopped.