I first blogged about my friend Carlo in December with his fantastic recipe for Carbonara (so easy - SO GOOD). Originally from San Fiorano, Italy, Carlo loves eating and talking about food as much as I do. We spend a lot of time discussing recipes, dishes that he remembers from home and dishes that he prepares today for his wife Tiffany, and their two children, Luka and Matteo. He's even given me his father's recipe for Tiramisu (which I have yet to make).
When Lori Kennedy asked if I'd like to be featured in the summer issue of Eat In Eat Out magazine she requested two original recipes. The recipe featured in the magazine was my Strawberry Nutella Ice Cream Sandwiches. The second recipe, Smoked Salmon Rice Salad, was featured on the Eat In Eat Out website for a week long blogger spotlight.
I have to give credit to Carlo for the Rice Salad inspiration - I had never even heard of cooking rice this way until he mentioned it. You basically cook Arborio rice like pasta, in boiling water for 8-10 minutes until al dente, then drain it and rinse it with cold water. Once cool, you use it like you would any pasta in a cold salad. I chose Willy Krauch's Smoked Salmon (because it's the BEST SMOKED SALMON IN THE WORLD) and paired it with classic Capers and Red Onion and a zippy homemade Lime Vinaigrette.
A fine addition to any BBQ this summer!