Million Dollar Rice Salad

Pat Duran Recipe

By Pat Duran kitchenchatter

10 or more servings
20 Min
Stove Top

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.

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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.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom

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Bernice Mosteller candychristmas
Apr 4, 2012
Sounds so delicious!! The ingredients is going on my grocery list. Thanks again for sharing all these delicious recipes! I love fruit!
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Apr 4, 2012
Sounds wonderful Pat! Look forward to trying this salad out. As always another great recipe. Thanks for sharing with us.
Stephanie Dodd skeen
Apr 5, 2012
WOWZA! This looks delish; a keeper for sure
jamie Beecham jamie4cakes
Apr 5, 2012
Great another keeper for my files wow what a good looking dish and I wish I had last Sunday oh but it would make a good side dish for Easter I think I will buy the color mini marshmellows to dress it for Easter
Stephanie Dodd skeen
Apr 5, 2012
oh that would be good!!
Sheila Hinds Shinds
Apr 5, 2012
Pat the salad looks wonderful, I'm looking for something to add to Easter dinner. This one is a keeper!
Stormy Stewart karlyn255
Apr 5, 2012
Saved and thanks
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Apr 5, 2012
Thank you, all of you, my friends for reviewing and sharing my posts, hugs and blessing for the Easter season!
Jan Burch janburch
Apr 5, 2012
My Mom always loved a salad like this (called it Heavenly Hash) but I have never seen it made with cream cheese! Can't wait to whip it up for our April potluck! Thanks for sharing!
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Shelia Senghas earthbaker
Apr 5, 2012
This looks beautiful and I am going to give a try. Thanks Pat. I am a Texas gal and I love to try Texas recipe's.