With a tempting blend of meats, veggies and pasta for your picnic, how can you go wrong? The recipe comes together in no time, serves a crowd and tastes as good at room temperature as it does cold. If you're expecting a smaller group, simply halve the recipe to accommodate your number of guests.— Michele Larson, Baden, Pennsylvania
When my husband and I planned our first garden, we overdid the tomato and zucchini plants. By the end of harvest, I was at my wit's end wondering what else I could do with all those vegetables (sound familiar?). That's when my sister and I came up with this great-tasting salad. Today, even though we have our garden under control, we still make this popular dish.
From the very first bite, young and old alike will savor this salad from Evelyn Harrington of Glens Falls, New York—and then come back for more! "Feel free to prepare it in advance," Evelyn advises. "Then, before serving, all you need to do is toss it with the dressing and cheeses."—Evelyn Harrington, Glens Falls, New York
There's real festive flair in this recipe. The pasta that Kay Odegard of Chicago, Illinois adds gives her spinach salad a heartiness most others lack—something she says folks in her neighborhood appreciate.—Kay Odegard, Chicago, Illinois
Put this colorful creamy combination into the mix of dishes at your next get-together—and watch it disappear fast! Radishes, cucumber, green pepper and onion lend fresh garden flavor to the macaroni mixture. Remarks Edie DeSpain of Logan, Utah. "It also makes a nice light meal on a hot summer day." (For best results, unmold the salad just before serving.)
You'll be sitting down to dinner in no time when you prepare this main-dish salad. A convenient combination of frozen ravioli and pantry staples (including canned tomatoes, corn and olives) is dressed with easy taco sauce for tangy, fresh-tasting results.
-Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
During the summer, my family often requests this recipe—especially our 19-year-old (we also have a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old). Simply add garlic bread for a great meal. It's wonderful, too, for a picnic or any gathering. —Lori Thon, Basin, Wyoming