A tart lemon-pepper dressing accents this colorful vegetable combination. Mom doesn’t always add the asparagus spears, but I think the steamed stalks make it twice as good.—Emma Rea, Columbia, South Carolina
This quick recipe couldn’t be easier…the liquid from the corn relish makes the fuss-free dressing! And because there’s no mayo, it’s a perfect salad to bring along on summer outings.—TerryAnn Moore, Vineland, New Jersey
I write a food column for our local newspaper, and I consider myself a pretty good judge of recipes. But I'll admit I was surprised by this one—I didn't think the usual ingredients would go together as well as they do. —Connie Blommers, Pella, Iowa
This recipe combines vibrant colors and tastes to create an unusual salad. It's an exciting accompaniment to any entree sizzling on the grill. Try it at your next cookout or picnic. —Irene Eager, Claremont, New Hampshire
You'll spark taste buds with this tangy and refreshing salad. The simple marinade gives mild cucumbers lots of zip. The tomatoes are a pretty addition. This is a super use of summer's garden bounty.
-Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
My husband's aunt gave me this recipe back in the '80s, and it's been a staple at our house ever since. I like to make it a day ahead because some time in the fridge makes it even better. Be sure to save yourself some leftovers, too. —Madeline Etzkorn, Burien, Washington
There's nothing scary about the recipe for this popular salad—it's delightfully easy to put together. The mandarin oranges also look nice with the colors in other foods and decorations for my theme.—Vicki Schlechter, Davis, California
Field editor Lavonne Hartel of Williston, North Dakota chuckles as she relates, “Our nephew recently told me this salad is his favorite, but the first time he ate it at my house, he thought I was cleaning out the refrigerator!“
I've found that I can't go wrong taking this colorful bean and pasta salad to a potluck, patio party or picnic. It is easy to put together ahead of time...and the flavors blend as the salad chills.
Arthurdale, West Virginia