“I knew this recipe was a hit the first time I served it at a barbecue and got wonderful compliments,” recalls Scarlett Hilton in Sabina, Ohio. “I even got a phone call afterward suggesting that I open a restaurant!” We have to agree this cool, creamy and crunchy salad really is delicious.
I jazz up zucchini, yellow squash and tomato with cheese and seasonings. The no-fuss skillet side dish is perfect for using summer's bounty. Plus, the veggies are great alongside grilled chicken, fish and most other warm-weather fare.—Chris Schmidt, Clarksville, Tennessee
Salads play a big role in Armenian cuisine. Every ingredient is chopped very fine, and we sometimes heap them on Armenian pizza, folding it over like a salad sandwich. —Jean L. Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin
This sensational salad is my favorite for a ladies' lunch…but men and kids eat it up, too. Presenting it in a flowerpot emphasizes its garden-fresh goodness. Be prepared to pot up more fixings when guests come back for seconds.
In the summer, when my garden vegetables are in abundance, I serve this salad. We eat this pretty blend often. It's handy to make with convenient bottled Italian dressing. But don't put the dressing on too early or the vegetables will get too soggy.—Glenda Parsonage, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
"THE SECRET of any salad is the dressing, and in this dressing the ingredient that makes the difference is red wine vinegar. Mixed with olive oil and Italian seasonings, this dressing enhances any kind of greens with a special flavor."
As soon as the first head of cabbage was barely big enough to harvest, Mom made this refreshing slaw. We kids shredded the cabbage while Mom whipped up the delicious, sweet cream dressing. —Ginny Werkmeister, Tilden NE
Simple as it is, this tomato recipe is one my favorite dishes, and my family loves it. I made three batches the first time, and a few stray olive slices were the only thing left on the platter. —Heather Ahrens, Columbus, Ohio
Aileen Sheehan of Stafford, Virginia mixes fresh tomatoes, green beans and pasta with a splash of balsamic vinaigrette, a hint of basil and chives and crumbled feta cheese for a colorful, Mediterranean delight. “I have served this many times, using fresh tomatoes from my garden. It’s a wonderful side dish,” Aileen says. “With Italian sausage and basil bread, it's a scrumptious meal.”