Italian Tuna-and-Rice Salad


Two simple pantry items—oil-packed tuna and rice—form the backbone of this healthy and versatile salad. Stir in briny chopped olives, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, and tart vinegar and serve this salad over a bed of salad greens, stuffed into a pita, or rolled up in lavash for an easy lunch or picnic dish.

1 cup long-grain white rice
1 1/4 cups water, plus more as needed
14 ounces high-quality oil-packed tuna, drained and flaked
1/3 cup coarsely chopped pitted green olives
1/3 cup coarsely chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Place the rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear.
Place the rice and measured water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover with a tight fitting lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer undisturbed until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit covered to steam, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl.
Add the remaining measured ingredients, season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Refrigerate in a container with a tight fitting lid for up to 3 days.