This upper midwestern dessert salad is a unique mix of cooked rice, cool whip, marshmallows, fruit cocktail, and crushed pineapple. And it really is delicious!

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Two dessert bowls filled with glorified rice and topped with a cherry.

About Glorified Rice

Retro recipes are always fun to serve and make, and if you’re an enthusiast of them like me, you’ll know they’re almost always delicious. They stand the test of time for a reason, and even if the ingredients might not be what you expect, they simply just work together.

And that, my friends, is the key to glorified rice: a simple mix of ingredients that you don’t see often together but nevertheless make for an absolutely tasty salad that’s perfect to bring to potlucks and cookouts.

Top down view of two bowls filled with glorified rice.

What is glorified rice?

A dessert salad from the upper midwest, this retro recipe usually consists of a mixture of cooked rice, sweet whipped cream, marshmallows, and various types of fruit.

You could use homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit, but I tend to like using shortcuts that Cool Whip and canned fruit. The idea for this dessert is for it to be a simple and delicious dessert you can quickly whip together and take with you to any event.

Close up of glorified rice with a maraschino cherry.

Can you make glorified rice in advance?

Yes! In fact, this retro salad should be refrigerated at least two hours before serving, so some advanced preparation is required.

How long is glorified rice good for?

Once prepared, it can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two or three days. Keep in mind that the marshmallows will absorb any liquid from the fruit during this time, so the consistency may change during storage.

Can you freeze glorified rice?

Yes, this can be frozen, but I can’t recommend it. The texture will change so much after the process of freezing and thawing that it almost impacts the taste, ruining the salad.

For best results, refrigerate glorified rice and enjoy it while you can.

A spoon scooping up a bite of glorified rice.

Notes & tips for glorified rice

  • This recipe is already very simple, but it gets even easier when you realize this is the perfect recipe to use leftover white rice in. So feel free to whip up a big match of rice and know that you’ll have side dishes and dessert covered!

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How to make glorified rice

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Start off by preparing the rice per the package instructions. You can either cook the rice in water OR you can do a 50/50 split of water and fruit juice for an extra dose of flavor. The rice will cook the same way no matter which method you pick, so go with the one that sounds best to you. Once the rice is cooked, drain any excess fluid and set it aside to cool completely.

Step 2 – In a large mixing bowl, add the cooled rice, cool whipped, mini marshmallows, fruit cocktail, and crushed pineapple. Use a spatula to toss and mix the ingredients together until everything is coated in cream.

Step 3 – Allow the salad to chill.

Step 4 – Serve and enjoy with maraschino cherries as garnish!

Recipe Details

Two dessert bowls filled with glorified rice and topped with a cherry.
5 from 1 vote

Glorified Rice

10 mins prep + 20 mins cook + 2 hrs Chilling Time
279 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
This upper midwestern dessert salad is a unique mix of cooked rice, cool whip, marshmallows, fruit cocktail, and crushed pineapple. And it really is delicious!

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, add rice, pineapple juice (or juice from the canned fruit), and water. Follow box instructions for cooking rice. Drain any excess fluid, then allow rice to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, add cooked rice, Cool Whip, miniature marshmallows, fruit cocktail, and crushed pineapple. Use a spatula to gently mix the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  • Chill prepared salad for 2-4 hours or until completely chilled.
  • Serve immediately with maraschino cherries as garnish.

Notes

For the juice, you can either use 1 cup bottled pineapple juice OR you can save the drained juice from the crushed pineapple and fruit cocktail (okay to combine the juices) and measure out 1 cup.
However, if you don’t want to cook the rice with any fruit juice, that is okay – just use 2 cups of water instead and omit the juice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 234IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy
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