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
My sister shared the recipe for this fresh crunchy salad seasoned with dill. It's handy because you can assemble and eat it right away...or cover and refrigerate it to take to a picnic or potluck the next day. The longer it chills, the more tangy it is.
Tart and refreshing, this side salad is a big hit at Judy Roberts' Las Vegas, Nevada home. With all the tasty toppings—including red onion, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and a zesty dressing—you'd never know it has just 7 grams of fat. "Tiny pasta called orzo gives it extra interest," Judy notes.
A perfect warm-weather salad, this colorful dish is especially tasty when sweet corn, tomatoes, and zucchini are in season. The garden-fresh ingredients are lightly dressed in mild basil vinegar and oil, plus a blend of other herbs and seasonings. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
"When a potluck's coming up, people always ask me to bring what they call 'that noodle salad you make'," smiles Lori Cole of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. "Based on the raves it's received at past gatherings, I know folks are referring to this delicious meaty dish."
This medley of garden-fresh vegetables, tender pasta and a homemade vinaigrette is sure to execute a triple play on your taste buds. The tubular noodles and round olives will likely remind your crew of bats and balls.
"I made some changes to the original recipe by adding extra tomatoes, more color, celery for crunch, relish for a hint of sweetness and ham to make it more filling," explains Karen Ballance of Wolf Lake, Illinois. "It's great for picnics and potlucks or as a side dish for any meal," she adds. "It's also handy because you make it ahead of time."