I always told my sister, Karen, I'd marry a cowboy—and I did! Patrick and I had a festive farm-style wedding. My mother prepared all the side dishes, including this tongue-tingling salad. —Kendra Waterbury, East Thetford, Vermont
A delicious assortment of vegetables—asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms—are marinated in homemade vinaigrette seasoned with garlic and fresh parsley and oregano.—Lynda Barron, McFarland, Wisconsin
From reader Linda Fredal of Warren, Michigan comes a zippy, zesty recipe Dad'll delight in. (Our kitchen crafters advise that this dish is easy to double and pour into glass jars decorated with ribbons for presents or for other holiday or family occasions.)
Grilling the potatoes gives them a fresh and interesting flavor. With the sweet peppers, cheeses and meat, the salad is not only colorful, but hearty, too. I've served this warm, cold and at room temperature. It's fabulous at any temp. —Marianna Falce, Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania
In Forestville, New York, Crystal Ranft tosses together this salad that's packed with pizza ingredients. "It's always a hit at family gatherings and social dinners," she notes. "And it's so flexible. I've used spinach instead of lettuce and pepperoni in place of salami."
I take this fresh-tasting, colorful salad to potluck dinners throughout the year, since everyone who tries it loves it. The pasta, garbanzo beans and pepperoni make it a nice hearty dish. —Agnes Bulkley, Hicksville, New York