A moulded Rice Salad garnished with strips of roasted red pepper and sprinkled with parsley.


Summer Rice Salad is a cold tapa that can be served as an individual portion. For me it’s simply a nice summer salad and if you like canned tuna you’ll love it!

I always try to find a few recipes to use any single ingredient in my pantry and keep the food moving. This is another recipe that uses short grain rice.

Homemade Mayo vs Store Bought

Whenever I serve anything with homemade mayonnaise everyone seems to go crazy for it like it’s the most amazing treat in the world. I like it but I’m just as happy making my Summer Rice Salad with store bought mayo or even the food-like substance called Miracle Whip. On the day we took this photo I happened to have homemade mayo in my fridge so that’s what I used.

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Pimento vs Roasted Red Peppers

This recipe is adapted from Penelope Casas original tapas cookbook titled Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain. In her book she calls for pimento and not roasted red peppers. A pimento is a large, red, heart-shaped chile pepper that is said to be sweeter than a red pepper. You probably know pimentos as the pepper stuffed inside olives, the ones served in martinis.

In my experience pimentos sold in tiny jars turns to mush just getting them out of the jar. For this reason I recommend buying whole, roasted red peppers sold in a jar or roast your own.

Everyday to Gourmet

In my house this is one of the many seasonal salads I make, often only once a summer. I have a long list of salads and before I know it the next season is here and I’m on to another collection of delicious salads. Usually I make this Summer Rice Salad as part of an everyday dinner or a picnic, then enjoy the leftovers in my lunch.

To give the salad a gourmet presentation I packed it into a bowl and turned it out onto a plate. Decorated with red pepper strips and parsley, two of the salad ingredients, it looks perfect for a buffet table.

Let me know in the comments below if you made this rice salad.

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Summer Rice Salad

This is a cold tapa, often served as an individual portion. I prefer to serve it as a molded salad for any picnic or buffet table.
Author: Cinde Little
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Summer Rice Salad


  • 1 cup short-grain rice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • cups gluten free chicken broth
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • 1 can can white flaked tuna (3 oz/170 g)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp minced roasted red peppers


  • 1 cup homemade mayonnaise (or store bought)
  • 6 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp pickle or caper juice
  • ½ tsp GF Worcestershire sauce
  • freshly ground pepper


  • chopped fresh parsley


  • In a medium saucepan heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Add the rice and stir to coat with oil, about 1 minute.
  • Add chicken stock and thyme.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, put the lid on and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Transfer rice to a bowl and let cool completely.
  • Mix in tuna, parsley and roasted red pepper.


  • In a small bowl combine mayo, ketchup, pickle juice, Worcestershire sauce and pepper.


  • Fold the dressing into the rice mixture until combined. Serve in a bowl or packed into a bowl and turned out onto a platter. Garnish with roasted red pepper strips and chopped fresh parsley.
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