This is a rice salad with a difference – packed full of mediterranean flavours, simple to prepare and great for a summer lunch, barbeque or picnic.
Ingredients for 6 – 8 portions
500g Carnaroli rice
350g Cherry tomatoes
Fresh mixed herbs such as basil, parsley
Chilli pepper (powder or fresh)
Jar of tomato passata
Oil from the shredded aubergines
Boil the rice in salted water for 15-18 minutes, drain and stir in 2 tablespoons of oil from the jar of aubergines, leave to cool.
Add the chopped cherry tomatoes, the chopped feta, the herbs, 2 more tablespoons of the aubergine oil, 5-6 tablespoons of tomato passata, some chilli pepper to taste and the shredded aubergines to the rice and mix in well.
Did you know that….
Aubergines are not actually vegetables but they are berries. They contain small nicotine but don’t worry you have to eat more than 10kg to consume the amount of nicotine equivalent to one cigarette!
In Italy aubergines are called melanzane (from the latin mala insane) that means crazy apple.
Aubergines are full in minerals, fibre and vitamins and they want make you put on weight!
Serve and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of ‘La Cucina Italiana’ www.lacucinaitaliana.it