For a refreshing meal, Shirley Leister fixes this simple chicken salad with sweet cantaloupe. For a different presentation, the West Chester, Pennsylvania cook arranges the melon like flower petals on a lettuce-lined plate, then mounds the salad in the center.
"Cooking for two is such a challenge for us, since my husband and I do not care for leftovers," says Rebecca Schweizer of Chesapeake, Virginia. "This well-seasoned salad, with its distinctive dill flavor, is my favorite lunch recipe.
“This is a very healthy and simple salad to make; even my non-cooking husband can whip it together in minutes. We’ve served this to friends over the years, and they always ask for the recipe.” —Radelle Knappenberger, Oviedo, Florida
I have always loved the combination of salmon and orange, but the great thing about this salad is being able to do variations. If you don't have goat cheese, try feta. —Stephanie Matthews, Tempe, Arizona
Caramelized onion and sirloin steak seasoned with a cinnamon rub make this main dish salad different from typical versions. It’s easy to toss together with a packaged greens, blue cheese, dried cranberries and store-bought vinaigrette.
A simple rice salad in a café inspired thoughts of adding Indian spices and chutney to this dish. To fire things up, mix in a small amount of hot chili oil, tasting carefully as you go. —Brooke Martin, Greenfield, Minnesota
This quick and easy taco salad is popular with the teen campers at the youth camp my husband directs. Our daughter has requested it 2 years in a row for her birthday dinner. —Kay Curtis, Guthrie, Oklahoma