A tangy dressing drapes the veggies in this vibrant salad from Sheli Jo McMahon of Menomonie, Wisconsin. “Although the recipe has quite a few ingredients, it’s simple to make,” she says. “It’s great for summer cookouts.”
We love when opposites attract. A sweet and sour gingery dressing goes hand in hand with soft Soba noodles, edamame and crunchy slaw. Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a protein-packed finish. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
Meet the Cook: This recipe has been passed down for generations in my family - it helps to use up the late-summer squash from the garden, and it'll keep for several days in the refrigerator. Wherever I take it, I have to take the recipe, too!
Now that we're retired (we have one son), my husband and I enjoy being at home with each other, gardening...and trying out plenty of recipes.
-Billie Blanton, Kingsport, Tennessee
Carrots and green peppers bring extra color and crunch to this refreshing cucumber salad from Karla Hecht, Plymouth, Minnesota. The sweet dressing she creates is an ideal match for the crisp summer produce.
Ann Mulford's recipe for Two-Bean Salad doesn't disappoint. The Lincolnville, Maine, reader says, “This mixed salad sure is a winner. I make it a day or so ahead of time and it marinates in the refrigerator. It's simple, just stir every 12 hours.” She adds, “And leftovers are great over rice or noodles.”
This crisp and tangy salad from our Test Kitchen hits the spot on warm afternoons and evenings. Sprinkling the cucumbers with salt and letting them sit draws out excess water so they stay nice and crisp.
"Fresh tasting...so colorful...delicious dressing" are some of the compliments I get whenever I serve this broccoli salad with a meal or take it to a church dinner. Although I use many other good salad recipes, I'm especially fond of this one. —Esther Shank, Harrisonville, Virginia
This pretty blend of garden-fresh vegetables and zesty herb dressing tastes as good as it looks! By microwaving the asparagus a bit before adding the other veggies, Patricia Alderete of Lowell, Indiana keeps cool in the kitchen.