Serve up a medley of textures and tastes with this colorful luncheon idea from our Test Kitchen. Crunchy celery, pepper and pecans combine with juicy grapes and dried cherries, wild rice and leftover turkey in this easy standout salad. You can substitute instant brown rice for the wild rice.
Chock-full of colorful veggies and fresh garden flavor, this hearty, mouthwatering salad is almost a meal in itself! Shared by Lee Massa, it’s a favorite with her family in Mulberry, Kansas.—Lee Ruth Massa, Mulberry, Kansas
Ruth Bianchi from Apple Valley, Minnesota notes, “The recipe for this delicious, colorful salad has been in my family for years. My mother used to bring it to many different functions, and I’m carrying on her tradition.”
This side dish, developed by the Light & Tasty Test Kitchen, is twice as nice since it stars both brown and wild rice! Tangy raspberry vinegar complements the nutty flavor of the rice, while dried cranberries provide unexpected bursts of sweetness.
“Perfect for a buffet, picnic or potluck, this colorful side can be served at room temperature," says Michelle Chicoine of Missoula, Montana. "You’ll want to make extra because the flavors only get better the second day!”
Toasting whole cumin seeds and then grinding them adds extra flavor to this salad. If you don’t have whole cumin seeds, substitute 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin—don’t toast.
This meatless salad makes a robust side dish, filling lunch or satisfying snack. Try spooning some into low-fat tortillas for a main course. If you're counting fat grams, it's also tasty without the olives.
Tangy dressing and flavorful ingredients make for a very tasty side dish that's a refreshing alternative to potato salad. People can't seem to stop eating this unique salad. It's great with hamburgers or chicken at picnics or potluck dinners.
-Laura Panfil, Niles, Michigan
THE FIRST TIME I tried this salad, I knew it was a keeper. Using rice as the basic ingredient is a refreshing change.
I serve it as a luncheon salad or a side dish for a main meal. Garnished with olives and tomato wedges, it makes a colorful addition to the table.
-Flois Price, Morgan, Texas
"A friend fixed this for a company outing a few years ago, and it has since become my favorite picnic salad," writes Suzanne Strocsher of Bothell, Washington. Jars of marinated mushrooms and artichoke hearts, along with fresh vegetables, turn prepared rice mix into something special.