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. I enjoy all kinds of cooking, especially recipes with pork or pasta. —Connie Blommers, Pella, Iowa
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
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
This colorful and tasty salad is always well received at picnics and potlucks. Corn bread salads have long been popular in the South but may be new to people in other regions. No matter where you live, I think you'll like this one!
-Jennifer Horst, Goose Creek, South Carolina
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!“
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
“It takes no time at all to prepare the few ingredients for this recipe. And everyone loves the resulting combination of tastes and textures. This salad pairs well with everything from grilled entrees to pasta!”
Valerie Smith - Aston, Pennsylvania
This salad was my Aunt Lavern’s specialty and is still a family tradition. It has a crispy-crunchy combination of ingredients and a slightly sweet creamy dressing. —Kelly Ward Hartman, Cape Coral, Florida