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 hearty luncheon salad is a great way to use up leftover steak," says Amanda Prestigiacomo of Seabrook, Texas. Pepper strips give the chilled medley color while store-bought Italian dressing makes assembly a breeze.
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
Thai food is popular in our household, so my husband and I developed this fresh, easy alternative to a meat and potatoes dinner. The spicy-sweet dressing is incredible!—Radelle Knappenberger, Oviedo, FL
Hot, spicy, sweet, crunchy, chewy...this main-dish salad has it all! "I've had this recipe for more than 20 years, and I love it," Debbie Shivers writes from Lake Ozark, Missouri. "It's great to take to summer get-togethers."
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