I enjoy cold pasta salads and rice salads, so I decided to make one with orzo, a rice-shaped pasta. Feel free to add other favorite veggies—like asparagus and green beans—and serve with rolls or pita bread.—Valonda Seward, Coarsegold, California
Tiny shrimp make this salad something special. Layered with romaine, green pepper, onion, peas, cheese and crumbled bacon, this pretty salad never lasts long when my mom makes it.
-Jacinta Ransom, South Haven, Michigan
I first tried a salad very similar to this when visiting a friend in Florida. When I returned, I was determined to create the same refreshing combination at home. The secret is the coconut-milk marinade—makes the shrimp incredibly tender and flavorful. —Sarah Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire
One of our favorite Korean dishes has always been a Korean Cold Sesame Noodles that my Mom made for us. It was supposed to be served at room temperature, but I like it warm. The shrimp-noodle salad recipe was a result of memories of my Mom's Korean background, and my love of fresh vegetables, packed full of flavor. The gochujang (hot chili paste) is a more savory kind of heat, that really blends beautifully with sesame, soy sauce and garlic. —Karen Bowlden, Boise, Idaho
Field editor Traci Wynne writes from Denver, Pennsylvania, “I adore shrimp, so to have it sneak into a pasta salad is a real treat for me. The combination of lemon-dill sauce over chilled pasta is a refreshing taste in the hot summer.”
"I served this satisfying pasta salad to a group of hospital volunteers who were quick with compliments. It’s brimming with shrimp and imitation crab and accented with dill," shares Lillian Julow, Gainesville, Florida.