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Main Dish Salad Recipes

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Here’s a great meatless recipe with real Mediterranean flair that’s hearty enough to qualify as an entrée. Laced with a tart vinaigrette dressing and bursting with strips of sweet pepper, onion and zucchini, it’s also colorful enough to serve as a pretty side dish. Thanks to subscriber Stacey Mofle in Universal City, Texas for this tasty dish!
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Waldorf Tuna Salad

Waldorf Tuna Salad

Waldorf Tuna Salad

Field editor Shirley Glaab from Hattiesburg, Mississippi dresses up tuna salad deliciously with apple, raisins, dates and walnuts...then drizzles it all with a tangy yogurt dressing.

Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

This pretty crowd-pleaser always stands out on the buffet table. With plenty of shrimp, artichoke hearts, olives, peppers and a host of herbs, it's a tasty change-of-pace from pasta salads. I serve it with a from-scratch vinaigrette.—Ginger Johnson, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Mock Crab Louis Salad

Mock Crab Louis Salad

Mock Crab Louis Salad

“Come spring, I like a meal that doesn’t involve turning on the stove,” pens Alice Cibulka of Sun City, Arizona. “This hearty salad is quick, filling and fantastic. I round it out with lemonade, ice cream and a bunch of daffodils.”
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Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad

Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad

Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad

After working in the garden all day, I don't feel much like spending hours in the kitchen. So I'll frequently prepare this fabulous, filling salad for supper.

Feta Garbanzo Bean Salad

Feta Garbanzo Bean Salad

Feta Garbanzo Bean Salad

This super-quick chickpea salad is a hit with my crowd. If there are any leftovers (rarely happens), turn them into a pita for lunch. —Judy Doepel, Ballston Lake, New York

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

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

We love when opposites attract. A sweet and sour gingery dressing goes hand in hand with soft Soba noodles, edamame and crunchy slaw. If you're not vegetarian, add grilled shrimp or chicken for a protein-packed finish. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina

Gingered Spaghetti Salad

Gingered Spaghetti Salad

Gingered Spaghetti Salad

We love to make this chilled chicken salad brimming with veggies. Make it meatless by omitting the chicken and tossing in more edamame. —Cindy Heinbaugh, Aurora, Colorado

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.

Chicken Pecan Salad

Chicken Pecan Salad

Chicken Pecan Salad

In our house, this light and tasty salad is a real summer favorite! I usually serve it with sliced tomatoes and bread and butter. It can also be used to make wonderful chicken salad sandwiches - perfect in hot weather.

Crab-Stuffed Avocados

Crab-Stuffed Avocados

Crab-Stuffed Avocados

We enjoy having this creamy and crunchy salad out on our deck on summer evenings. And it goes together in minutes flat! —Gail VanGundy, Parker, Colorado
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