A small-quantity salad can still be special, as this recipe proves. "I like the crisp apple, crunchy celery and chewy dried cranberries in a delightful dressing," says DeLoris Nance from Auburn, Washington.
IN our early years of marriage, my husband asked me to make bean salad "like his mother's". I've tried many versions, but this is the one our whole family likes best.
In the past, I'd can about 50 quarts of green beans every year, but now my husband suggests I can only enough to keep making this salad.
-Lorraine Mix, Remer, Minnesota
THE FIRST TIME I tried this salad, I knew it was a keeper. Using rice as the basic ingredient is a refreshing change.
I serve it as a luncheon salad or a side dish for a main meal. Garnished with olives and tomato wedges, it makes a colorful addition to the table.
-Flois Price, Morgan, Texas
ONE OF my favorite and most-used recipes, this salad is easy to prepare for two or 20! I often improvise with other fresh ingredients such as carrots, onions, celery, parsley and even crunchy water chestnuts.
Around our house, this recipe is known as "Jenny's Salad" in honor of our daughter-in-law, who introduced it to us.
-Sally Frizzell, New London, Ohio
FOR A change of pace, I like to serve these stuffed cucumbers in place of a lettuce salad.
They're really refreshing, and a touch of French dressing makes them a colorful addition to any meal.
-Mrs. Howard Phipps, Hernando, Mississippi
When I became a widower, I took to heart the challenge of learning to cook just for myself. I now have a growing collection of wonderful single-serving recipes. This potato salad is delicious and a snap to prepare for even the newest cook.—Ray Klinge, Tulsa, Oklahoma
A light vinaigrette flavored with cilantro and grapefruit juice drapes this tangy salad from Vivian Haen of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. "You can make the vinaigrette ahead because it keeps well in the refrigerator," Vivian notes.
There’s something for every taste in this well-dressed medley from Marie Beardsley of Big Sandy, Texas. Peas, pasta, chicken, apples, walnuts (and more!) make this a hearty main-dish salad you’ll enjoy year-round.