My mother always made this salad, so I tried it on my future husband when we were courting. I discovered later that he didn't like vinegar in his foods, but he learned to enjoy this salad and called it piccalilli.
My family can never get enough of these sweet cucumber slices in the summer. They're crunchy, delicious and simple to make. At picnics or potlucks, I bring a big batch - folks tend to come back for more.—Denise Baumert, Dalhart, Texas
WHEN my husband had heart surgery, I had to look for recipes that were nutritious yet tasty.
With just a touch of mayonnaise, this potato salad filled the bill. The quantity is just right for the two of us. When I use the microwave to cook the potatoes, I can serve it up in no time.
-Martha Campbell, Belton, South Carolina
These cucumber slices make a cool summer side dish dressed in a light, tangy vinegar and oil mixture seasoned with herbs. The refreshing salad is always a hit when served with cold sandwiches or grilled meat.
-Mary Helen Hinson, Lamberton, North Carolina
If you like the distinctive taste of feta cheese, you'll enjoy this crisp and refreshing cucumber medley, "Even our twin daughters ask me to make this speedy salad," reports Connie Lasko from Mistatim, Saskatchewan.
Whenever I pack a picnic, this salad comes along. It's great with grilled entrees or sandwiches. In summer and fall, it's among my most requested side dishes. It keeps well in the refrigerator, so you can make it ahead of time.
"My mother shared the recipe with me after falling in love with this fresh-tasting dish at a family reunion," relates Leslie Monroe of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. "When it's made with garden-grown cucumbers and tomatoes, it's more than tasty- it's sublime."
I put this salad together with vegetables I had left in my garden. My family liked it so well, I started bringing it to community suppers and was often asked for the recipe. It's a refreshing side dish for any meat entree.
-Mildred Sherrer, Bay City , Texas
Ranch dressing is the mild coating for this pleasant pasta salad chock-full of crunchy cucumber, onion and green peas. "Wherever I take it, I'm always asked for the recipe," remarks Paula Ishii of Ralston, Nebraska.
"This salad has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember," Betty Tobias writes from Nashua, New Hampshire. "It's prettiest when it's served in a glass bowl, with orange and cucumber slices lining the sides. Often, I'll double the dressing recipe so I have some on hand for the next time I make it."