A salad like this one is an appealing accompaniment to almost any dinner. You can change the mix of ingredients to include layers of your favorites. I like the tangy vinaigrette dressing with it, but ranch and other types are also very good.
I prepare this satisfying salad Saturday evening and serve it to my husband and sons on Sunday after a round of gold. It's a winner on warm days - with a unique mix of vegetables like bean sprouts, green onions, water chestnuts and pea pods. And it's lovely in a glass bowl.
-Joanne Trentadue, Racine, Wisconsin
Everyone enjoys this simple salad with dinner. The layers look festive, and the crisp broccoli, sunflower seeds and bacon are a nice contrast to the chewy bits of dried cranberries.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
I am a secretary at the University of Oregon. I love living in Oregon and enjoy cooking with the many foods available in this part of the country. Crabmeat is abundant here and makes a great company dinner.
For easy entertaining, cover and refrigerate the salad a few hours before guests arrive so you don't have to fuss with last-minute assembly. Turn it into a light lunch by adding sliced rotisserie chicken, salmon or tuna. —Melissa Wharton, Cincinnati, Ohio
A simple homemade vinaigrette coats this colorful salad sprinkled with mandarin oranges and shavings of Parmesan cheese. If you like salads with a refreshing citrus flavor, you’ll love this festive toss.—Jim Gales, Glendale, Wisconsin
For a tasty twist on traditional layered vegetable salad, we added leftover egg salad to the mayonnaise version. Fresh spinach as well as lettuce adds interest to the colorful and crowd-pleasing variation.