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Romaine & Orange Salad with Lime Dressing

Three ingredients plus a dressing equals a quick salad for special occasions. I first had it at a friend's wedding, and it's become a family favorite. — Linda Pallotto, Mantua, Ohio
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Simple Avocado & Tomato Salad

Simple Avocado & Tomato Salad

Simple Avocado & Tomato Salad

For a speedy side, Jennifer serves an avocado salad. “My mother came up with this when she had too many ripe avocados and tomatoes on hand.” —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine

Chipotle Pepper Potato Salad

Chipotle Pepper Potato Salad

Chipotle Pepper Potato Salad

The next time you make potato salad, think outside of the picnic basket with this crunchy, munchy variation. There’s just a touch of chipotle kick.—Jennifer Walker, Denver, Colorado

Strawberry Salad with Mojito Vinaigrette

Strawberry Salad with Mojito Vinaigrette

Strawberry Salad with Mojito Vinaigrette

"Mojitos are a fun summery drink and the inspiration behind this refreshing side salad. No rum was used in my recipe, but it certainly could be added to the vinaigrette.” —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts
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Three-Step Taco Salad

Three-Step Taco Salad

Three-Step Taco Salad

This Southwestern-style salad is layered with crunchy tortilla chips, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, olives, cheese and a zippy meat mixture, then drizzled with a snappy salsa dressing. "My family loves it," says Phyllis Schmalz of Kansas City, Kansas. "You will, too!"

Black-Eyed-Pea and Pasta Salad

Black-Eyed-Pea and Pasta Salad

Black-Eyed-Pea and Pasta Salad

To create a more interesting pasta salad, I added pasta to my favorite black-eyed pea salad. The result is different and delicious. Cucumber and green pepper give this picnic side dish a satisfying crunch. —Melinda Ewbank of Fairfield, Ohio

Roasted Sweet and Gold Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet and Gold Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet and Gold Potato Salad

To make my potato salad look bright and taste extra-festive, I add Mexicorn and black beans. With the zesty dressing, it’s the best!—Jeannie Trudell, Del Norte, Colorado

Calypso Coleslaw

Calypso Coleslaw

Calypso Coleslaw

“My family loves this coleslaw variation,” writes Cathy Heacox, Sikeston of Missouri. Its refreshing flavor and speedy prep make it ideal for backyard barbeques.

Quick Black Bean and Corn Salad

Quick Black Bean and Corn Salad

Quick Black Bean and Corn Salad

This recipe is a favorite with my husband and five boys, all hearty eaters. It's filling, economical and, best of all, easy to prepare. I spend many afternoons driving our sons back and forth to their wrestling and band practices, piano lessons, Boy Scout meetings and church activities.

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

Country Woman's Test Kitchen developed this pretty, refreshing salad, which pairs well with roasted meats and poultry. The avocado, red onion and garlic-mustard dressing complement the tart fruit beautifully.

Potluck Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Potluck Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Potluck Black-Eyed Pea Salad

"Whenever I get asked to potluck parties, this salad usually gets an invitation, too," chuckles Joy Polito Young of New Bern, North Carolina. "Since it takes a little time for the flavors to meld, I sometimes toss it together a day ahead, then add the fresh peppers just before serving."

Avocado Dressing

Avocado Dressing

Avocado Dressing

Buttermilk and fat-free yogurt create the base for this creamy and delicious dressing from our Test Kitchen. And the avocado, parsley and dill add freshness, flavor and a lovely color to this easy choice for summer pasta.
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