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Holiday Rice Salad

 Holiday Rice Salad
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.
12-14 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 7 cups cooked wild rice, cooled
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or additional dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 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

  • In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. In a jar with a
  • tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well.
  • Pour over rice mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2
  • hours or until serving. Yield: 12-14 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 241 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 174 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.