When we grill, my mother asks me to make the family macaroni salad. To make it extra creamy, I like to keep a small amount of dressing separate and stir it in just before serving. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland
A half hour is all you need to mix up this colorful crowd-pleaser. Offering plenty of shrimp, artichoke hearts, olives, peppers and a host of herbs, it's a tasty change-of-pace from pasta salads. "The recipe completes any buffet," notes Ginger Johnson of Farmington, Illinois.
This is a colorful and tasty alternative to coleslaw. Like most gardeners, we usually have an abundance of squash and zucchini in summer, so this dish is inexpensive to prepare and a great way to put this fresh produce to use.
-Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida
This fruit-filled carriage was made for my daughter's baby shower and was a huge hit. Fill it with any fruit you fancy and serve purchased poppy seed dressing alongside if you desire.
—Angie Schaff, St. Anthony, North Dakota
I received this recipe from a friend, and my guests always rave about it. It's so easy to prepare! I didn't think it could be improved upon, but almonds add a nice crunch. Fresh and colorful, it also travels well in warm weather. &dmash;Suzanne Sager, Dallas, Texas
"This refreshing frozen salad is easy to assemble ahead and serve to a group at breakfast - or any time of day," remarks Andrea Hawthorne of Bozeman, Montana. It's a convenient and colorful addition to a holiday buffet.
My mother gave me this crunchy bean salad recipe many years ago, and I often take it to covered-dish dinners. It looks especially attractive served in a glass bowl to show off the colorful vegetables.
— Bernice McFadden, Eaton, Ohio.
"This light, delicious holiday salad is very popular in my family and has been requested every year since I first brought it to Christmas Eve dinner. The refreshing, not-too-sweet flavor is a perfect pairing with just about any meat." –Jennifer Mastnick, Hartville, Ohio