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Grilled Italian Sausage Arborio Rice Salad

Elevate weeknight meals in no time with this grilled Italian sausage arborio salad recipe—savory mild Toscano Italian sausage, Arborio rice, colorful veggies, and fresh herbs tossed in a zesty vinaigrette. Every bite tastes like a mini-Mediterranean vacation!

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Prep Time
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Beginner
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5 Servings

Elevate weeknight meals in no time with this grilled Italian sausage arborio salad recipe—savory mild Toscano Italian sausage, Arborio rice, colorful veggies, and fresh herbs tossed in a zesty vinaigrette. Every bite tastes like a mini-Mediterranean vacation!

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Ingredients


Product ImageMild Toscano Italian Sausage
  • Carando Mild Toscano Italian Sausage1 pack
  • Arborio rice, rinsed2 cups
  • Water3 cups
  • Small tomatoes, diced5
  • Small red onion, julienned1
  • Red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and julienned1
  • Yellow bell pepper, roasted, peeled and julienned1
  • Garlic, grated1 clove
  • Fresh basil, minced¼ cup
  • Fresh oregano, minced1 tbsp.
  • Red wine vinegar½ cup
  • Extra virgin olive oil1 ½ cups
  • Dijon mustard3 tbsp.

Instructions


  1. In a rice cooker, instant pot or on the stove, combine the rinsed Arborio rice, water, and a pinch of salt, and cook according to instructions.

  2. When the rice is done, transfer it to a large, shallow dish and allow to cool completely.

  3. While the rice is cooking, heat the grill to medium-high heat.

  4. As the grill comes to temperature, whisk together the vinegar and mustard, then slowly add the olive oil while whisking.

  5. Combine all vegetables and herbs with the rice, making sure to break up any clumps, then add the vinaigrette. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

  6. Grill sausages until cooked through to 160°F, then transfer to a plate to rest.

  7. Transfer the rice salad to a large platter, top with sausages, and serve immediately.

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