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!
‣ 1 cup white rice, uncooked ‣ 1 cup water ‣ 1 cup pineapple juice, see notes ‣ 8 ounce Cool Whip, softened ‣ 1 cup miniature marshmallows, plain or multicolored ‣ 15 oz fruit cocktail, (1 can) drained and juice kept (see notes) ‣ 8 oz crushed pineapple, (1 can) drained and juice kept (see notes) ‣ maraschino cherries, for garnish (optional)
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. Once the rice is cooked, drain any excess fluid and set it aside to cool completely.
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.