Looking to make a fast and easy rice dish for your next summer barbecue? This Ham and Cheese Rice Salad is just the ticket! Made with Italian dressing and packed with briny veggies, it’s the ideal recipe for those looking for a fulfilling side dish with an Italian twist.
Prepare rice according to package directions. Allow to cool.
Combine rice, artichoke hearts, ham, cheese, olives, capers, celery and tomato in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine.
Whisk together Italian dressing, vinegar, Dijon, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over rice/vegetable mixture and toss to combine. Serve salad in lettuce leaves, if using.
This recipe calls for mozzarella cheese but you can switch things up by swapping for provolone. Provolone will give the final dish a sharper, more authentic antipasto flavor.