Homemade croutons star in this easy Italian salad, filled with grape tomatoes, olives and pepperoncinis. "I like to serve it with fresh Italian or focaccia bread," Nancy Granaman suggests from Burlington, Iowa.
"Cool and refreshing"—that describes this leftovers salad pretty well! It's full of cold ingredients. Prepare it as a side dish or serve it along with homemade bread as a main course.
I frequently make my salad for family luncheons. That's only appropriate—the recipe was passed down to me by my mom, who got it from her mom!
I'm a full-time wife and mom (plus home-school teacher!) with five sons, who range in age from 9 to 1.
This simple green salad requires just a few ingredients, yet its blend of flavors and combination of textures make it seem special. You can toss all the ingredients with the basic dressing or dollop it over individual servings.
High Ridge, Missouri
WHEN I had a large vegetable garden, I had fun creating recipes, depending on what was ready for picking.
I've found this salad complements meat or fish entrees and can be served even if you have another vegetable as a side dish.
-Mildred Sherrer, Bay City , Texas
Chock-full of fresh and canned beans, this colorful salad is perfect for potluck. De Loris Lawson of Carthage, Missouri sent the recipe. She writes, "I am a great-grandmother who loves to cook—from fancy meals for company to simple bean and corn bread suppers."
This crunchy vegetable salad is perfect on a hot summer's day. I like to cut the vegetables earlier in the day, then chill them so they are nice and crisp. Just before serving, all that is left to do is drizzle with the salad dressing.—LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma
Leah Lyon of Ada, Oklahoma often rounds out a meal with Southwest Iceberg Slaw. "It's a cool, light and versatile side dish I created one day when I was trying to stretch my avocados," she says. "And friends rave about it no matter what vegetables I add!“
TASTY TIP: Try substituting other fresh garden vegetables in this salad or adding low-fat Mexican panela cheese for a light lunch entree, suggests Leah.