"I served this satisfying pasta salad to a group of hospital volunteers who were quick with compliments. It’s brimming with shrimp and imitation crab and accented with dill," shares Lillian Julow, Gainesville, Florida.
A sweet out-of-the-ordinary dressing makes this macaroni salad special. My aunt gave me the recipe and it has become one of my favorites. I occasionally leave out the green pepper if I know that people don't like it...and it still tastes great.
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Fresh garden vegetables add color and crunch to this attractive salad. Its pleasant vinaigrette-type dressing is sparked with ground mustard and garlic. I like the look of the tricolor spirals, but you can substitute other pasta shapes or use what you have on hand.
-Launa Shoemaker, Landrum, South Carolina
“This simple pasta salad is great for gatherings and a favorite of everyone I know! I like to keep the ingredients in separate containers in the fridge. Just toss together for one or more servings whenever needed.”
—Mary Sigfusson, Mankato, Minnesota
Beans will bring bravos when you present this pleasant pasta and veggie salad. "I first made it for friends who are very good cooks. When it was gone, they asked where the second bowl was," chuckles Lenore Adams of Dayton, Ohio. "Among my make-ahead favorites, it's a big hit every time I serve it."
My husband and son detested pasta salad before I came up with this one. But there were no leftovers the very first time I served this—now it's a summertime family favorite! Filled with fresh, crunchy radishes and celery, juicy tomatoes and cucumbers, this nutritious recipe is one to try with your gang. —Melody Loyd, Parowan, Utah
"This tried-and-true salad is simple to toss together and convenient since you make it ahead," reports May Sisk Hazlet, New Jersey. "Now that my husband and I are retired, we travel a lot and enjoy having more time for family and hobbies."
When this dish goes on a buffet, it's a real eye-catcher with its colorful layers. People enjoy the unique addition of cheese tortellini. This salad always goes fast!
-Lori Cumberledge, Pasadena, Maryland