Million Dollar Rice Salad

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You will love this simple salad recipe for million dollar rice salad. This is a simple salad recipe that is perfect for potluck meals, picnics and family get-togethers. You can enjoy this simple salad any time of year, the combination of ingredients like cream cheese, rice, pineapple, maraschino cherries and walnuts will make this recipe a crowd pleaser wherever it goes. This simple salad keeps well in the refrigerator, and you can easily cut the recipe in half. The maraschino cherries that are added this simple salad recipe adds a nice splash of color and sweet flavor. The maraschino cherry in the United States is a preserved, sweetened cherry, that is typically made from the light-colored sweet cherry varieties like the Royal Ann cherry, the Royal Ann cherry, or the Gold cherry varieties. To make maraschino cherries, the cherries are first preserved in a brine solution that usually contains sulfur dioxide and calcium chloride to first bleach the cherries, then the cherries are soaked in a suspension of food coloring of red food dyes, with sugar syrup, and other components. Maraschino cherries are an ingredient used in many cocktail recipes, thus the nickname cocktail cherries. Maraschino cherries are often used for garnishes to decorate frozen yogurt, cakes, baked hams, healthy cake recipes, pastries, parfait recipes, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, and ice cream soda recipes. Maraschino cherries are also a popular addition to the American pineapple upside-down cake.

Walnuts are a great addition to all sorts of recipes and tasty snack ideas. Whether you are looking for a walnut holiday cookie recipes, easy cookies or homemade cookies, walnut is a good choice. Just think of walnuts in your favorite fudge recipe, or a banana bread recipe with walnuts, always yummy. Walnuts pack a lot of nutritional value with walnuts being an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, and iron, with lesser amounts of calcium and Vitamin C., with good amounts of omega-3 fatty acid. Some fun facts about walnuts are that walnuts are the oldest known tree food, dating all the way back to 10,000 BC. English walnuts which are also known as Persian walnuts originated in Central Asia and were first introduced to California in the 1700s. About 99 percent of the commercial U.S. supply and 3/4 of the world trade supply of walnuts comes from California.

A popular culinary use of walnuts in the 17th to 19th centuries was in salads, which is still true today. Walnuts are only harvested once a year, between September and November. There are more than 30 varieties of commercially produced walnuts that are grown. Thank you to Judy from The Southern Lady Cooks recipe site for sharing this simple salad recipe for million dollar rice salad. This is just one of the simple recipes for salads you will find on her site. Judy has been cooking for her family and friends for many years. On the site, you will find appetizers, bread recipes, breakfast, cake recipes, cobblers, crockpot ideas and more. Along with desserts, main dish recipes, salad ideas, snacks and more. **

Nutrition Facts for: Million Dollar Rice Salad from The Southern Lady Cooks
Ingredients: Cream cheese, granulated sugar, mayonnaise, rice, maraschino cherries, crushed pineapple, mandarine oranges, mini marshmallows, whipping cream, walnuts.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. * The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 389, Calories from Fat 152, Total Fat 16.9g 26%, Saturated Fat 8.1g 40%, Cholesterol 42mg 14%, Potassium 233mg 7%, Carbohydrates 54.2g 18%, Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%, Sugars 17.6g, Protein 6.8g, Vitamin A 16%, Vitamin C 64%, Calcium 5%, Iron 13%

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