At lunch with a friend one day, she told me about a steak salad she'd had at a party. It sounded so fantastic, I had to try it for myself. My family would eat it nonstop if we could. Can't seem to get enough of that twangy dressing! —Alma Winberry, Great Falls, Montana
This recipe was inspired by my love of spicy flavors and light, nutritious entrees. The pretty salad has an appealing variety of textures. I make it year-round because it's fast and easy to prepare after a long day at work.
-Peggy Allen, Pasadena, California
Meet the Cook: In my kitchen, leftover roast frequently ends up in this filling salad.
While we live in the city, we're surrounded by a park. So a touch of the country's near. Our four girls are 6, 4 and 3 (yes...the youngest are twins).
The succulent salad shared by Marian Platt of Sequim, Washington was so striking in taste and appearance that our home economists couldn't help but find a fun way to display it—by fashioning edible baskets made from potatoes! (Keep in mind that the baskets can be used for other salads—like chicken or tuna—too.)
From Yakima, Washington reader Sandra Rohrich comes this hearty salad, which she reveals works well as either a side or main dish. "I've used it both ways myself. What I like best about it, though, is that it's so quick to make," she comments. "My husband and children, on the other hand, tell me they love it because it tastes so good!"—Sandra Rohrich, Yakima, Washington
This hearty salad always satisfies my hungry family. For a change of pace, substitute pork loin or poultry for the steak. Southwestern-style dressing or a sour cream-avocado-cheese mix can also be substituted for the salsa as the topping.—Leah Carrell, Quitman, Texas
We raise buffalo on our ranch, so I cook plenty of buffalo steak as well as other cuts. During the warmer months, this cool salad is a refreshing change of pace from the heavier meals I feed my crew other times of the year. The meat is tender, and the dressing is mouthwatering.—Burt Guenin, Chappell, Nebraska