When making a salad for dinner, I tear the lettuce and chop the vegetables, then put them all in a clean plastic bag and shake. This mixes the ingredients better and easier than tossing in a bowl. —Therese G., Scottsdale, Arizona
"Make-ahead" is a magic word when you're serving a group and trying to minimize last-minute preparation. If you make this salad in a glass bowl, be sure to bring it to the table or buffet before tossing so everyone can see the pretty layers.
-Bertha Johnson, Indianapolis, Indiana
Sugared almonds and a honey-mustard dressing make this salad a real standout. In fact, I keep slivered almonds in my freezer just so I can whip it up for those spur-of-the-moment special occasions! For more nutrition, color or variety, I sometimes add broccoli and tomatoes. --Julia Musser, Lebanon, Pennsylvania