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MILLION DOLLAR RICE SALAD

Million dollar rice salad is an old-fashioned recipe that has been around a long time.

Million Dollar Rice Salad

Million dollar rice salad 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 or even doubled for a large group or event.

Million dollar rice salad is wonderful for any holiday.

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.

Million Dollar Rice Salad

Million Dollar Rice Salad

Easy and delicious!
Prep Time20 mins
2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Million Dollar Rice Salad
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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8 Comments

  1. I’m going to be making this delicious looking salad for this Christmas. You say it keeps well in the refrigerator. Was wondering h ow safe it would be to make it a couple of days before. Also there will be 14 people. Would an additional half added to the original recipe be enough or should I double it. They’re all fruit salad lovers…Thanks so much….Jeri

    1. I would think an additional half would be enough, but it’s completely up to you. I think you could make it 2 days in advance. Enjoy!

      1. Thank you for such a quick reply! Am going to make it two days early like you suggest. That fits right into my plans. I will try upping it another half first and if it doesn’t look like enough, I can easily make another half. I’m anxious to see how it goes over. It will be up against my frog’s eye salad that I have been making for many many years, but I’m sure this will be a big hit, too….
        Will be back in touch to let you know after the Holidays!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!! Jeri

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