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Crispy Shrimp Caesar Salad

My friend Jane and I have a favorite lunch spot that serves a fantastic salad on Wednesdays. I made my own version at home so I can share it with my family and eat it whenever I want. Save a lot of prep time and buy peeled, deveined shrimp and pre-washed lettuce. —Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Ham Salad Puffs

Ham Salad Puffs

Ham Salad Puffs

Flecked with pimientos and chives, this fast, flavorful ham salad boasts crunchy pecans, tart pineapple and chewy raisins. A Test Kitchen change-of-pace twist on traditional recipes.

Pear Harvest Salad For 2

Pear Harvest Salad For 2

Pear Harvest Salad For 2

"We came up with this delicious salad trying to use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. We think you'll love it, too!" —Nancy Prewitt, Beaverton, Oregon

Cantaloupe Chicken-Orzo Salad

Cantaloupe Chicken-Orzo Salad

Cantaloupe Chicken-Orzo Salad

Too hot to cook? Then try a main-dish salad served on cool, refreshing cantaloupe wedges. Serve with a grainy muffin or hard roll and pitchers of iced tea.

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.

Southwestern Taco Salad

Southwestern Taco Salad

Southwestern Taco Salad

I came across this recipe while spending a winter in Arizona. Now as soon as we return home each spring, our grandchildren are waiting for me to make these refreshing salads. To save time, bake the salad shells in the morning. Cool: store in an airtight container.—Betty Johnson, Olympia, Washington

Grape Turkey Salad

Grape Turkey Salad

Grape Turkey Salad

"To maintain freshness, serve this make-ahead salad on a chilled platter and replenish often," says field editor Sue Ross of Casa Grande, Arizona

Shrimp 'n' Mushroom Lettuce Wraps

Shrimp 'n' Mushroom Lettuce Wraps

Shrimp 'n' Mushroom Lettuce Wraps

“Here's a simple recipe for lettuce wraps that's a nutritious option for a luncheon or dinner party,” says Mary Beth Vultee, Ocean Beach, North Carolina. For fun, serve the filling on a platter with lettuce leaves on the side, and let your guests wrap their own.

Chef's Salad

Chef's Salad

Chef's Salad

"AT the restaurant, we always made three dressings to go with this salad...blue cheese, French and Thousand Island. At home, I had to serve all three dressings, too, because everyone had their favorite. Sometimes the kids would use a tablespoon of each."

Orange-Avocado Chicken Salad

Orange-Avocado Chicken Salad

Orange-Avocado Chicken Salad

Orange sections and avocado slices surround this hearty salad, making for a pretty presentation. It's a refreshing summer main dish for both lunch and dinner. —Shelia Garcia, Mantachie, Mississippi

Chicken and Pear Salad

Chicken and Pear Salad

Chicken and Pear Salad

Turn everyday greens into a spectacular salad by adding chicken, red pepper and sliced pears. This makes a hearty lunch—or add some bread and soup for dinner. Yum! Sarita Johnston - San Antonio, TX

Chicken Salad with a Twist

Chicken Salad with a Twist

Chicken Salad with a Twist

This colorful salad will disappear fast at your next potluck. I got the recipe from my cousin, who always has great dishes at her parties...and this recipe is no exception! —Valerie Hotl Cartersville, Georgia
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