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Garlic Shrimp & Orzo Salad

I enjoy cold pasta salads and rice salads, so I decided to make one with orzo, a rice-shaped pasta. Feel free to add other favorite veggies—like asparagus and green beans—and serve with rolls or pita bread.—Valonda Seward, Coarsegold, California
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Italian Garden Salad

Italian Garden Salad

Italian Garden Salad

This recipe is a great way to use the vegetables my husband raises on our farm. It's always well received and is perfect for summer picnics, office luncheons or a light dinner. Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia

Barbecue Chicken Cobb Salad

Barbecue Chicken Cobb Salad

Barbecue Chicken Cobb Salad

One night, I already had some barbecue chicken in the slow cooker, but wanted to figure out how to get all my daily vegetable servings in one sitting. I decided to turn our chicken dinner into salads. It was the perfect way to get my family to eat tons of veggies. —Camille Beckstrand, Layton, Utah

Soba Noodles with Gingered-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Gingered-Sesame Dressing

Soba Noodles with Gingered-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. Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a protein-packed finish. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
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Contest-Winning Curried Rice Salad

Contest-Winning Curried Rice Salad

Contest-Winning Curried Rice Salad

Rice is truly one of the world's most versatile foods. Arkansas is the top rice-producing state in the country, so this recipe surely represents our region.

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.

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

Chicken Pasta Salad a l'Orange

Chicken Pasta Salad a l'Orange

Chicken Pasta Salad a l'Orange

“I got this recipe from an old cookbook just after I was married 25 years ago," says Ann Berger of Howell, Michigan. "All of my six kids like it—even those who don’t usually eat salad!”

Pea 'n' Crab Pasta Salad

Pea 'n' Crab Pasta Salad

Pea 'n' Crab Pasta Salad

This pretty pasta salad is jazzed up with crabmeat, spinach and peas. With crumbled feta and just the right amount of Italian dressing, it makes a hearty side dish or a satisfying main course served with bread alongside. -Test Kitchen

Chicken Wild Rice Salad

Chicken Wild Rice Salad

Chicken Wild Rice Salad

“I modified a recipe I received years ago and came up with this versatile salad. It's refreshing served cold on a hot day, but its equally tasty at room temperature or warmed in the microwave.” —Robin Thompson, Roseville, California

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."

Crunchy Pork and Rice Salad

Crunchy Pork and Rice Salad

Crunchy Pork and Rice Salad

"Cool and refreshing"—that describes this leftovers salad pretty well! It's full of cold ingredients. Prepare it as a side dish or serve it along with homemade bread as a main course. I frequently make my salad for family luncheons. That's only appropriate—the recipe was passed down to me by my mom, who got it from her mom! I'm a full-time wife and mom (plus home-school teacher!) with five sons, who range in age from 9 to 1.
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