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Festive Rice Salad Recipe

Festive Rice Salad Recipe

I once had a similar salad at a friend's house and I was determined to re-create it at home. After several tries, I came up with this sweet-tart concoction. It's easy to prepare and colorful, too. —Terri Simpson, Palm Harbor, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings


  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Cook rice according to package directions; cool. In a large bowl, combine the rice, peas, red pepper, onions and cranberries. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 198 calories, 14g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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fivestar7777 User ID: 8328543 224514
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"This recipe was very easy to put together and I was surprised at how delicious it was.

Both of my neighbors have asked for the recipe to make it for their upcoming parties.
I wouldn't change anything about the recipe!"

vickytg User ID: 2804263 139399
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"The family just raved over this dish."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 85757
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013 Edited Jan. 14, 2015

"I've made this salad several times and each time, I get raves. I just finished emailing the recipe to four different ladies who loved it at a pot luck last night. I followed the recipe exactly. This is a delicious recipe and perfect for a pot luck or dinner at home. I highly recommend this salad as a volunteer field editor for Taste of Home."

udith3 User ID: 2111478 158361
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"This salad is always the first to go,, it beats the brocolli salad... I even have men ask me for the recipe,,, I also add sugar snap peas for extra crunch...

Wonderful salad thanks so much~~~"

udith3 User ID: 2111478 86332
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"Love this recipe,,, I also add chopped sugar snap peas,, substitute purple onion for the scallions.... Everyone wants the recipe,,, even the men...My salad is always the first to go..."

kbart User ID: 224880 86295
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2008

"I have made this several times in the past few weeks. Every I event I bring it to, the bowl is empty and I am asked for the recipe. I use brown rice, red wine vinegar and add other veggies, too. Thanks!"

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