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Main Dish Salad Recipes

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This is, by far, my most requested recipe. In addition to the traditional grapes, this chicken salad also features sweet apricots.—Raymond Sienko, Hawleyville, Connecticut
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Superstar Spinach Salad

Superstar Spinach Salad

Superstar Spinach Salad

"Cantaloupe really 'stars' in this delicious salad—especially if you cut pieces into that shape," remarks Kathy Crow of Payson, Arizona.

Spicy Teriyaki Beef Salad

Spicy Teriyaki Beef Salad

Spicy Teriyaki Beef Salad

Cool cucumber and avocado combine with spicy marinated steak to create a fun and tasty balance of flavors your guests will love. If the spice is too much, remove the cayenne and red pepper flakes from the avocado mixture.—Ning Watson of San Diego, California

Beef and Pasta Salad

Beef and Pasta Salad

Beef and Pasta Salad

My husband and I like zesty pasta salads and have tried many different types. This delightful dish can be eaten warm or cold, so it's a perfect meal anytime of year.
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Southwestern Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

In North Richland Hills, Texas, Virginia Stencel mixes chicken, beans and corn with fresh jicama for a fun change of pace. The medley’s coated in a flavorful barbecue-ranch dressing with crunchy tortilla strips on top.

Texas Confetti Rice Salad

Texas Confetti Rice Salad

Texas Confetti Rice Salad

A spicy way to dress up rice, this southwestern salad will impress at the dinner table or at a potluck lunch. Just add a hearty appetite!—Linda Morten, Somerville, TX

Brown Rice Chutney Salad

Brown Rice Chutney Salad

Brown Rice Chutney Salad

A simple rice salad in a café inspired thoughts of adding Indian spices and chutney to this dish. To fire things up, mix in a small amount of hot chili oil, tasting carefully as you go. —Brooke Martin, Greenfield, Minnesota

Ham Pasta Salad

Ham Pasta Salad

Ham Pasta Salad

I "invented" this salad as I went along...it's a combination of various pasta salad recipes I'd seen. It can be served as a side dish, of course. In summer, however, my husband doesn't care for hot meals, so I make it as a main dish. We're recent city transplants with two young children, ages 6 and 3.

Asian Barbecue Chicken Slaw

Asian Barbecue Chicken Slaw

Asian Barbecue Chicken Slaw

When it’s springtime in the South, cabbage is plentiful and we use it. One of our favorite recipes is this combo of Asian slaw and barbecue chicken. Plus, it's easy to halve or double the servings as needed. —Paula Todora, Fort Worth, Texas

Roast Beef Pasta Salad

Roast Beef Pasta Salad

Roast Beef Pasta Salad

I made this salad one year when a neighbor came over to help my husband put up hay. They both were hot and dusty, so this cool dish was well received. It's a meal in itself.

Snow Peas and Beef Salad

Snow Peas and Beef Salad

Snow Peas and Beef Salad

"In this delicious main-dish salad, savory strips of broiled streak are lightly dressed along the water chestnuts, mushrooms and onions, then tossed with crisp snow peas," details Janeen Kilpatrick of Fairbury, Illinois. "Ketchup and ginger add a bit of zip to the sweet dressing."

Contest-Winning Curried Chicken Salad

Contest-Winning Curried Chicken Salad

Contest-Winning Curried Chicken Salad

"This is a cool lunch for a hot day," writes Joslyn Stock from Hampton, Iowa. "The flavor offers a nice twist on a traditional chicken salad and I couldn't even tell that it was made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise!"
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