Meet the Cook: Not only does this make a hearty salad that's a favorite of men and good for carrying to picnics and church suppers...it's also a tasty way to use up ham!
I'm a 74-year-young widow who's been cooking 62 years, more or less. I have two daughters, five grandchildren and a pair of great-grandchildren.
-Jo Baker, Litchfield, Illinois
The basil in the dressing makes this salad stand out from the usual layered ones. The colorful ingredients look beautiful and taste wonderful together. It's especially impressive on a potluck buffet.
-Marcy Cella, L'Anse, Michigan
Our congregation was holding a luncheon at which I was helping, and we were supposed to use turkey left over from the church's Thanksgiving supper.
I thought back to a salad I had tasted years before, then tried to come up with something similar. Everyone liked it so much that—at another church luncheon—we cooked a turkey for the specific purpose of making my salad.
There was only one problem with this salad—as usual, I just created it as I was going along. When the other ladies asked me for the recipe. I had to scramble to put something on paper!
At home, I make this whenever we have leftover turkey (it's also good with chicken). My husband and I have four grown daughters and seven grandchildren. We're grain and beef farmers.
Wild rice is native to the Midwest, so this dish is popular in our area. We eat it cold or warm it up just enough to soften the cheese and blend the flavors a little more. Serve it as the main event or even as a side for chicken or turkey. —Kathi Saari, Ames, Iowa
I receive many compliments whenever I serve this salad. It's great to serve for brunch or at a shower. For those light meals during warmer weather, just add a roll, fresh fruit and iced tea for a delicious treat.
Meet the Cook: In my kitchen, leftover roast frequently ends up in this filling salad.
While we live in the city, we're surrounded by a park. So a touch of the country's near. Our four girls are 6, 4 and 3 (yes...the youngest are twins).
This recipe is one of my favorites! It's so simple—I can make it the night before, throw on the topping at the last minute and take it to a picnic or family gathering. —Joyce Carpenter, Darlington, Indiana
Especially during the summertime, this makes a nice light meal. When I prepare it for guests, I'll also serve rice and bread—it's quick and easy, but it always wins me many compliments!
I'm a homemaker with two small children, and cooking's one of my favorite hobbies.