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Holiday Rice Salad Recipe

Holiday Rice Salad Recipe

It's nice to prepare a cold salad like this when entertaining because it can be made ahead and doesn't take up valuable oven space.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling YIELD:14 servings

Ingredients

  • 7 cups cooked wild rice, cooled
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or additional dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint or 1 teaspoon dried mint flakes
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1. Combine the first nine ingredients. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine dressing ingredients; shake well. Pour over rice mixture; and toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, for 2 hours or until serving. Yield: 14 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 245 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 175mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat.

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