Pat Duran Recipe

Million Dollar Rice Salad

By Pat Duran kitchenchatter

Recipe Rating:
10 or more servings
Prep Time:

Pat's Story

This was first called "Million Dollar Rice Salad" and won first prize in a Texas Farm Bureau contest- where all the recipes had to contain rice and this was the prize winner and the only dessert salad entered.
Since then it has been on dinner tables and buffet counters at most every holiday and celebration and goes by many names and many different ingredients. But this is my favorite combination.


8 oz
cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 Tbsp
granulated sugar
1 Tbsp
2 c
cooked rice, cooled
12 large
maraschino cherries, cut in half
20 oz
can pineapple tidbits, drained
10 oz
pkg. mini marshmallows, white or pastels
8 oz
tub thawed cool whip
1 c
chopped pecans, optional

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine cream cheese, sugar and mayonnaise and whip until smooth. Fold in rice, cherries, pineapple and marshmallows and blend gently.
Fold in Cool Whip and pecan if desired.
Original recipe calls for whipped Dream Whip according to package directions.
I prefer to us the Cool Whip.

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Other Tag: Quick & Easy



Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Jun 28, 2013
Rebecca- I think the salad dressing will be too tangy- you can try it if you like- then come back and let us know what your thoughts are on that change.
Rebecca Wilkerson rljw
Jun 28, 2013
Can I use Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise?
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Sep 1, 2012
Thanks Donna it is so lushies- you will want to make it often.Hugs, Pat
Donna Love Dovie11
Aug 31, 2012
WOW Pat.. That looks and sounds so yummy6. Can
t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.
Laura Darragh Laulee
Jul 12, 2012
Pat;Thank you very much..Maybe I will..God Bless