I HAD an abundant pear crop last summer, so I was on the lookout for pear recipes. I ended up devising one of my own by substituting pears for apples in a chunky applesauce recipe.
I usually serve it at lunch instead of a rich dessert and also find it makes a refreshing side dish.
-Leila Ryan, McDonough, Georgia
I'M ACTIVE in co-op Extension work with the university and came home with this recipe, which was presented in a lesson on low-sugar and low-fat recipes.
It makes an attractive dish for taking to a potluck. The lemony dressing makes it different and distinctive.
-Ruth Hastings, Louisville, Illinois
I CREATED this recipe for a special dinner for our wedding anniversary, which is April 11.
That's the perfect time to make this salad, when leaf lettuce is fresh and green onions and radishes come right out of the garden.
-Bessie Hulett, Shively, Kentucky
This was what the Pennsylvania Germans called "wilted salad". It was one of the first recipes I was taught to make. When the dressing is warm, I pour it over the greens and set it aside while I prepare the rest of the meal. The heat wilts the greens, which are still slightly warm when served.
-Patty Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
This simple dressing has served me for many years. Using this basic recipe, I can easily make simple variations, usually with ingredients I have on hand. As a result, I have always made my own salad dressings.
-Carolyn Ozment, Gaylesville, Alabama
The refreshing taste of orange makes this chicken salad quite different from all the others I've tried over the years. I enjoy garnishing this salad with orange slices...it's an attractive, colorful look for spring.
-Stephanie Bishop, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
My sister served this salad one night when we were dinner guests. It's very easy to prepare, and the cool tangy change from eating asparagus as a hot side dish makes one sit up and take notice. My brother-in-law gets credit for creating the unique delicious salad.
-Kathy Willis, Pryor, Oklahoma
"A splash of this delicate dressing lets the goodness of fresh spring greens shine through." says Vivian Haen (right) of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. It's also excellent drizzled over wedges of vine-ripened tomatoes."
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
I CAME up with this salad when an unexpected guest showed up for lunch and I had to "make do" with what was on hand. I thought it would complement my homemade ginger chicken soup, and it did!
It's a wonderful make-ahead salad and very attractive.
-Mary Paulson, Hopkins, Minnesota
MY HUSBAND and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary in August - which is also how long I've had this recipe.
I like to serve the salad on a bed of lettuce and sometimes garnish it with dates. This delicious salad is easy to prepare when time is short.
-Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana