Ham and Cheese Rice Salad

Make this Italian-Style Ham and Cheese Rice Salad and amp up your average rice side dish with artichoke hearts, tomato, celery, olives and capers.

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Ham and Cheese Rice Salad

Cooking time
PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 25 mins


  • 1 bag Success® White Rice
  • 1 jar (6 oz) marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1/2 cup diced ham
  • 1/2 cup diced mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Italian dressing
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 8 butter lettuce leaves (optional)


  • 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 satisfying side dish with an Italian twist.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Allow to cool.

    Step 2

  • Combine rice, artichoke hearts, ham, cheese, olives, capers, celery and tomato in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine.

    Step 3

  • 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.

  • Recipe Tip

    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.

Ham and Cheese, Italian-Style

This recipe turns your average antipasto salad into a quick and tasty side dish. it’s perfect for those who are on a gluten-free diet or those who are just big fans of rice. This recipe is sure to make you a believer in a fast side dish, with tons of flavor.

Made with our Success® White Rice  how you decide to pair this delicious ham and cheese salad is up to you. Enjoy it with our fluffy white rice — we guarantee it will be delicious.

This recipe gets a touch of Mediterranean flare from the addition of artichoke hearts, olives and capers. With crunchy celery, oregano and ripe chunks of tomato, it’s the kind of antipasto salad that’s bursting with flavor and will also fill you up.

Serve this salad on a bed of lettuce for a complete meal or make a batch and have it as a side dish for your next summer barbecue. However you choose to enjoy it, you’re tastebuds are sure to savor the flavors of this veggie-packed dish. Looking for another dinner idea? Try our: Spanish rice dish.