It's Raining Raisin Recipes

Sweeten up any picnic or barbeque with a sprinkle of this springtime snack.

(page 2 of 2)


Rice and Raisin Salad

Noreen Crawford, our food editor, tossed this delicious and nutritious salad idea around after thinking of Indian meals with her English sister-in-law, Colleen, who would punch up a dish with healthy ingredients. “We have onions for zip, nuts for protein, texture, and raisins bring on the sweetness and fruit factor,” Crawford said.


3 cups cooked, cold basmati rice

1 ½  cups cooked small peas

1  cup raisins

3/4 cup sliced green onions

1  cup sliced almonds or whole cashews

1  cup lemon juice

1/2 cup olive oil 

salt and pepper to taste


Curry-Lemon Vinaigrette

1/2  cup olive oil

1/4  cup lemon juice

1/4  cup water

1/2  tsp curry

1/4  tsp garlic salt 

pinch of pepper


Serves 6

Combine rice, peas, raisins, onions and nuts. Then toss together.

In a small container, blend lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Dress up that rice and raisin mixture with lemon vinaigrette.


Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Jenny Colby Larington of McCook treated us to this dessert that’s a delicious way to top off a spring picnic. It’s part of a family cookbook she’s put together with her mom, Liana. Creating this pie took some detective work, since the recipe’s guardian was Jenny’s great-grandmother, who was born in 1900. Cleyone Whisler apparently preferred keeping those baking secrets in her head and not on paper, but there’s a sweet ending to this tale.


1 cup sour cream 

1  cup sugar 

1 cup raisins 

2 eggs 

1  tsp clove 

1  tsp cinnamon 

1/4  tsp allspice  

pinch of salt 

1  Tbsp flour   

pie crust


Serves 6

Boil raisins until soft, and drain water off. Mix raisins with sour cream, sugar, eggs, clove, cinnamon, allspice, salt and flour. Pour into an unbaked 10-inch pie shell. Put top crust on and bake in an oven at 350° for about an hour. Top off with whipped cream and more raisins.

(This story originally appeared in the May/June 2014 issue of Nebraska Life Magazine)

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Nebraska Life July 2020 - July 2020
Subscribe Today!

Our satisfaction guarantee: It's simple. We guarantee that you will be 100% delighted or your money back for remaining issues in your subscription.
Edit Module

Facebook Feed

Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags


Nebraska Life Sweepstakes

Tell us about a business you saw advertised in Nebraska Life Magazine, and how you enjoyed using their goods or services - you could be one of our winners!

Readers Win Vacation Package And More

Congratulations to Juli Habegger of Pawnee City. Juli answered our recent reader survey and her name was drawn for a vacation package to Valentine. Watch future issues of Nebraska Life for more opportunities to win.
Edit ModuleShow Tags