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I like this recipe because you can make it ahead of time. It's the perfect size for your lunch. You can vary the dressing to suit your taste.
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Zesty Steak Salad

Zesty Steak Salad

Zesty Steak Salad

This hearty salad always satisfies my hungry family. For a change of pace, substitute pork loin or poultry for the steak. Southwestern-style dressing or a sour cream-avocado-cheese mix can also be substituted for the salsa as the topping.—Leah Carrell, Quitman, Texas

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

"This satisfying salad is crunchy, nutty and sweet all at the same time," relates Barb Mickelson of Glenwood, Iowa. "To speed up preparation, I use chow mein noodles instead of fried wonton wrappers called for in the original recipe," Barb notes.

Mandarin Chicken Salad

Mandarin Chicken Salad

Mandarin Chicken Salad

The crispy and fruity chicken salad is refreshing served for lunch, dinner or a potluck supper—either warm or cold. For an easy change of pace, I suggest using a bottled salad dressing.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
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Lemony Chicken Fruit Salad

Lemony Chicken Fruit Salad

Lemony Chicken Fruit Salad

Meet the Cook: Back in the 1950's, I was a home economist for the electric company, which is how I came across this recipe. During spring and summer, when it is hot here, my family especially likes it. (My husband and I have two children and a pair of granddaughters, all grown.) I've also found this chicken salad is good for women's luncheons and covered-plate meals since it's so different. -Johnece Stuard, Mansfield, Texas

Summer Chicken Macaroni Salad

Summer Chicken Macaroni Salad

Summer Chicken Macaroni Salad

For sunny, lazy days, I make a loaded macaroni salad that’s like three salads in one. The mix of fresh veggies, sweet peaches and crunchy pistachios is a surprisingly delicious combo. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lime Chicken on Fruited Spring Greens

Lime Chicken on Fruited  Spring Greens

Lime Chicken on Fruited Spring Greens

For a unique entree, serve this refreshing salad that pairs fresh fruit with chicken, greens and a tangy vinaigrette. "This salad is spectacular," notes Charlene Chambers of Ormond Beach, Florida.

Blackened Pork Caesar Salad

Blackened Pork Caesar Salad

Blackened Pork Caesar Salad

When I cook, the goal is to have enough leftovers for lunch the next day. This Caesar with pork has fantastic flavor even when the meat is chilled. —Penny Hedges, Dewdney, British Columbia

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

Carrie Hickam’s family in San Jose, California can’t seem to get enough of her fresh, colorful stir-fry salad with its spicy-sweet Asian flair. “They ask for it over and over,” she reports. CARRIE’S TIP: “I like to round out this easy dinner with a crusty loaf of sourdough bread.”

Terrific Taco Salad

Terrific Taco Salad

Terrific Taco Salad

I invented this recipe several years ago. It's quick to make, and uses ingredients I usually have on hand in my pantry or refrigerator.—Jeannie Daubar, Todd, North Carolina

Veggie-Sesame Chicken Salad

Veggie-Sesame Chicken Salad

Veggie-Sesame Chicken Salad

Sweet, crisp, sunshine-packed and fun, this delightful salad has it all. Perfect for those nights you don't want to cook.

Pear Chicken Salad

Pear Chicken Salad

Pear Chicken Salad

This beautiful, flavorful salad from Rebecca Baird of Salt Lake City, Utah is sprinkled with feta cheese, sweetened cranberries and walnuts for extra depth, pop, and crunch.
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