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Main Dish Salad Recipes

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Fruited Chicken Salad

Fruited Chicken Salad

Fruited Chicken Salad

Grapes, mandarin oranges and pineapple chunks add fruity goodness and color to this hearty main-dish salad. It's perfect for a large luncheon.—Marion L. Baker, Sun Lakes, Arizona

Ham 'n' Spuds Salad

Ham 'n' Spuds Salad

Ham 'n' Spuds Salad

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

Chicken Salad for 50

Chicken Salad for 50

Chicken Salad for 50

When this was served at a women's luncheon, there were lots of recipe requests, The creamy dressing, grapes and cashews make it extra special.—Florence Vold, Story City, Iowa
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Layered Basil Salad

Layered Basil Salad

Layered Basil Salad

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

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.

Dilled Chicken Salad

Dilled Chicken Salad

Dilled Chicken Salad

I usually harvest a bounty of recipe requests whenever I serve this hearty, fresh-tasting salad with its delicate dill flavor. -Kimberly Speta, Kennedy, New York

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.

Turkey Almond Salad

Turkey Almond Salad

Turkey Almond Salad

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 Ham Salad

Wild Rice Ham Salad

Wild Rice Ham Salad

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

Easy Tropical Mandarin Chicken

Easy Tropical Mandarin Chicken

Easy Tropical Mandarin Chicken

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.

Peachy Chicken Salad

Peachy Chicken Salad

Peachy Chicken Salad

With peaches and pecans among the ingredients, I think this recipe definitely reflects my state. My family really enjoys it.
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