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Em's Rice Salad

My friend Em shared this recipe with me. I adapted it slightly to my liking. My Mom loved this rice salad and she would always ask me to bring it to every family gathering. It is a large recipe so make sure it's shared!
Some of our family prefers to eat it as a dessert.
  • 1 1/2 cups long grained rice (short grain is fine too, matter of preference)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 398 ml (14oz) can of fruit cocktail
  • 1 398 ml (14 oz) can pineapple tidbits or crushed if you prefer
  • 1 pint whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla ( I use Mexican vanilla)
  1. Bring rice, salt and 6 cups of water to boil in a covered pot, stir once, cover again and let simmer for 18 min.
  2. Drain and rinse rice with hot water in colander and let drip. 
  3. Put rice in large bowl together with the sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Let sit in fridge for 6 hours.
  4. Just before serving I add some fresh fruit like strawberries, grapes, blueberries, etc. Not necessary but it sure makes the salad look pretty!


  1. oh i love rice salad......sounds good and i haven't made it in a very long time. i think it is time i make something i like, not just my family.....does that sound selfish..oh
    unless of course bettyr you make it for me....*smile*.

  2. But, you know I have to put my two cents in here too... Yummmmmmmy! This looks soo good! Kayce

  3. Betty. . I've never made rice salad. I have always enjoyed a good spoonful on a summer buffet . .now I just have to try it. Thanks Betty.

  4. Hey....this looks real good. Can't say we ever had this in our home...but yes, like Lovella I do remember this at church buffets. Yum yum...

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  6. I've been amazed as to what you can all do with rice! My Korean ESL students have taught me to love sushi (at least the California rolls) and in Indonesia we had the most amazing rice dish -forgot what it's called.I'm sure you could plan a whole meal ... appetizers, soup, main dish and now a dessert... maybe an idea for rice lovers.

  7. We call this 'glorifed rice' was a recipe I got from my husband's family.

  8. Hi Betty,
    We love rice around here so this looks like something fun to try...


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