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This Million Dollar Rice Salad has been around a long time. It is a good salad for pot luck meals, church gatherings and picnics. This salad is great in summer or winter and for any holiday meal. My family loves it. This recipe makes a lot. It keeps well in the refrigerator and the recipe could be cut in half.
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1 tablespoon mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
2 cups uncooked rice, cooked (I use instant rice but could use any kind)
1/2 cup maraschino cherry halves (about 15 whole cherries cut in half)
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped or can use cool whip
1/2 cup chopped nuts, walnuts or pecans
Mix together cream cheese, sugar and mayonnaise with mixer. Fold in cooked rice, cherry halves, pineapple, oranges and marshmallows. Add nuts. Mix with a spoon. Whip the cream with mixer until looks like cool whip and mix into the salad with a spoon. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Makes 8 to 10 cups of salad. Enjoy!
Note: You can add about any kind of fruit to this salad such as grapes or bananas.
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