Million Dollar Rice Salad

Pat Duran


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.

★★★★★ 3 votes
10 or more servings
20 Min
Stove Top


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

How to Make Million Dollar Rice Salad


  • 1Combine 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.
  • 2Note:
    Original recipe calls for whipped Dream Whip according to package directions.
    I prefer to us the Cool Whip.

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About Million Dollar Rice Salad

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