In Salem, Virginia, Wendy Byrd relies on bottled salad dressing to perk up pasta and fresh vegetables in this swift salad that costs 43¢ a serving. "It's a delicious addition to any meal or picnic," she relates.
For a lighter pasta salad with delicious chicken and broccoli, try this recipe. It his lighter than the regular salads but you are not missing out on any flavor.—Katherine Stallwood, Kennewick, Washington
From Standish, Maine, Nancy Clancy writes, "This salad is like having salsa mixed with macaroni--it's yummy! It serves a lot, which makes it a great side for any gathering. I sometimes add a little cayenne pepper for those who like it hot.
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
My guests rave about this salad. The big surprise is that there is no macaroni taste and it is not too sweet. Besides, the fruits mentioned in the recipe, I'll add strawberries, blueberries, raspberries...whatever may be in season.
"These stuffed shells are great for a cool summer meal," assures Karen Lee of Waynesville, North Carolina. Calling for just four ingredients, including chicken salad from the deli, they are easy to assemble. The only thing you have to cook are the pasta shells, which take just minutes.