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Main Dish Salad Recipes

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Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

I’ve tried many chicken salad recipes over the years, but this is my very favorite. It’s fresh, fruity and refreshing, and the cashews add wonderful crunch. Every time I serve it at a potluck or picnic, I get rave reviews…and always come home with an empty bowl! —Kara Cook, Elk Ridge, Utah

Cool Beans Salad

Cool Beans Salad

Cool Beans Salad

This protein-filled dish could be served as a colorful side dish or a meatless main entree. When you make it, double the recipe because it will be gone in a flash! The basmati rice add a unique flavor and the dressing gives it a bit of a tang. —Janelle Lee, Appleton, Wisconsin

Taco Salad for a Large Crowd

Taco Salad for a Large Crowd

Taco Salad for a Large Crowd

I made this huge salad to bring to a party and people were scrambling to figure out who made it. Needless to say I only brought home an empty bowl and the guests went home with a full stomach! —Lisa Homer, Avon, New York
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Almond Chicken Salad

Almond Chicken Salad

Almond Chicken Salad

My mother used to prepare this salad for an evening meal during the hot summer months. It also serves well as a delicious but quick luncheon or potluck dish. You can't beat the tasty combination of chicken, grapes and almonds. -Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas

BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad

BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad

BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad

I first had this summery salad at a family reunion, and it's become one of my husband's favorite dinners. Sometimes, we leave out the chicken and serve it as a side dish instead. —Jennifer Madsen, Rexburg, ID

Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad

Gert Rosenau of Pewaukee, Wisconsin blends the best of two popular salads into one satisfying main dish. "Serve taco or corn chips on the side, and you have a complete meal," she says.

Hearty Eight-Layer Salad

Hearty Eight-Layer Salad

Hearty Eight-Layer Salad

I'm a 77-year-old great-grandmother and have been making this satisfying salad for years. It's my most requested recipe for family gatherings. It's simple to make ahead of time and looks lovely with all of its tasty layers. Dijon mustard gives a nice kick to the dressing. -Noreen Meyer, Madison, Wisconsin

Tropical Chicken Salad

Tropical Chicken Salad

Tropical Chicken Salad

Over the years my husband and I have moved to different areas, and I've collected recipes from all over the United States. This flavorful salad recipe comes from New York. I've served it for luncheons for many years, and it's one of my husband's very favorites. —Linda Wheatley, Garland, Texas

BLT Chicken Salad

BLT Chicken Salad

BLT Chicken Salad

I like this salad because I can prepare all the ingredients ahead of time and just throw it together at the last minute. Barbecue sauce in the dressing gives a different taste to this green salad that features the fun fixings for a BLT chicken sandwich. Even picky eaters love it. -Cindy Moore, Mooresville, North Carolina

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

Made on the fly by Hollywood restaurateur Bob Cobb in 1937, the Cobb salad is a world-famous American dish. Here's a fresh take, with all the original appeal and an extra-special presentation. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

BLT Salad with Croutons

BLT Salad with Croutons

BLT Salad with Croutons

“In my family of six, it’s hard to find a vegetable or salad that everyone will eat, but they all raved about this one,” enthuses Susie Clayton of South St. Paul, Minnesota. “With garden-fresh basil, this salad is easy, but mouthwatering.”—Susie Clayton, South St. Paul, Minnesota
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