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Contest-Winning Curried Rice Salad Recipe
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Contest-Winning Curried Rice Salad Recipe

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Rice is truly one of the world's most versatile foods. Arkansas is the top rice-producing state in the country, so this recipe surely represents our region.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits
  • 2 cups cooked rice, cooled
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Lettuce leaves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 337 calories, 20 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 13 g protein.


  1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set aside 1 cup pineapple and 3 tablespoons juice (refrigerate remaining pineapple and juice for another use).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rice, chicken, celery, almonds, raisins, green onions and reserved pineapple.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, curry powder, salt and reserved juice. Gently stir into rice mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. serve in a lettuce-lined bowl if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Curried Rice Salad in Country April/May 2002, p49

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

"Excellent! Made a trial run of this recipe today--will definitely be taking to a family reunion next week!"

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"I lost my copy of this and was so glad to find it on your site. It will adapt to lots of things, including shrimp, or stand alone as a side. Can add sugar snap peas..., use yogurt instead of mayo, an the list goes on. A real keeper."

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"<p>My mom first served this salad, or one much like it, in the late 1960s. Her version used pecans instead of almonds, and had 1/3 c. flaked coconut instead of raisins. Delicious! So far, I've yet to hear anybody make a negative comment!</p>"

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