I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their family. The last few days have a been a blur, but they were a blur of bliss and we are so thankful to have our loved ones be so happy and healthy. The past three days have been filled with more food than I ever should have indulged in and while I'm thankful that we are blessed to have food on our tables, I really wish somebody would have cut me off!
I want to share one of the delicious dishes we enjoyed that is one of my husband's family favorites! It's his Grandma Taylor's rice salad.
The first time I had it, I was admittedly a little skeptical about cold rice. I'm a huge rice-lover as anyone who's been around here much knows about me, but cold rice? In a salad? Hmmmmm. I wasn't sure..... but one bite and I was hooked! This rice is a fabulous side dish to serve with just about any meat dish, but we had it with our ham on Christmas day.
Without a doubt, this dish must be made ahead of time, usually the day before so that the flavors can all meld together. I love dishes that can be made ahead of time and just popped out of the refrigerator before serving time. It usually means I don't have a big mess in the kitchen to clean up and that's a huge priority on Christmas. I made all of my salads and side dishes the day before so I would be able to enjoy the holiday with my family instead of separately while I slaved away in the kitchen! I've done that before and its NO FUN!
If you are preparing a meal or entertaining on New Year's Eve, I highly recommend you include this salad in your spread!