During my undergrad years, my roommate taught me how to cook vegetarian dishes like brown rice with pintos. It's so versatile; you can turn it into a wrap or casserole. —Natalie Van Apeldoorn, Vancouver, BC
My family enjoys picnics anytime of year—especially in the spring. To get in the mood for warmer weather, I serve this hearty main-dish salad. You just can't beat a salad that tastes great and is good for you, too.
I often include this recipe in our strawberry farm newsletter. I get so many compliments on this pretty mix of strawberries, lettuce and onion. The mayonnaise-based poppy seed dressing is actually nice and light.—Laurie Andrews, Milton, Ontario
Because I enjoy spending a fair amount of time in the kitchen, our kids have also learned to like cooking. All four kids make this salad together and take pride in serving it to the family.—Marsha Ransom, South Haven, Michigan
This recipe is colorful, tangy and crunchy. With six simple ingredients, it's a salad I can toss together in minutes then marinate for 1 hour to beautifully blend the flavor.—Judith Anglen, Riverton, Wyoming
Here's a refreshing salad that's always a hit at our house. Crisp greens, bright oranges and red onion add pretty color to your meal, and the sweet caramelized almonds provide a unique crunch. This bowl gets passed around until it's empty! —Anne Heinonen, Howell, Michigan