During my undergrad years, my roommate taught me how to cook vegetarian dishes like brown rice with pintos. It's so versatile; you can turn it into a wrap or casserole. —Natalie Van Apeldoorn, Vancouver, BC
For a summer luncheon, this light, colorful salad is a treat. The crunchy celery, green pepper and almonds along with refreshing oranges and pineapple make this a chicken salad folks can't wait to dig into.
—Bernadine Stine, Roanoke, Indiana
Ginny Schneider of Muenster, Texas serves this tasty main-dish salad for a colorful change of pace. "Spinach and wild rice provide the refreshing difference," she remarks. "Plus it's a great way to use leftover turkey."
We cut the grass on our farm only once a year. That's because we want our aquatic grass to produce nutty, tasty grains of wild rice. I look forward to my wife, Marian, making this salad.—Art Hedstrom, St. Paul, Minnesota
From Freeburg, Missouri, Cathy Sestak shares this mixture of leftover rice and crisp vegetables in a cool, creamy ranch-flavored dressing. "I always receive lots of compliments when I bring this salad to parties and get-togethers," Cathy reports.