Our grandchildren love roasted asparagus—especially in this refreshing salad. The orange dressing gives it "zing", and sunflower kernels add crunch. I like to make it with my homegrown asparagus.
—Virginia Anthony of Jacksonville, Florida
A tasty peanut dressing lightly coats pasta and cabbage in this easy-to-make side dish that's perfect for potlucks or outdoor events. Try sesame oil instead of olive oil if you have some on hand. Laurie Davison - Clearwater, Florida
"When I bring this super salad to church dinners, there is usually nothing to take home," relates Lynn Cole of Sagle, Idaho. "Add 2 or 3 cups leftover turkey or chicken to create a filling main-dish salad," she suggests. "The dressing is so good that we use it on potato salads and even lettuce salads!"
We moved here about 3 years ago and we love our home in the country. We plant a garden each year, making sure there's always plenty of cucumbers. I must admit I never really cared for cukes until my mother-in-law prepared them this way. Now they're one of my favorite vegetables.
People who prefer food with some tang find this corn salad particularly appealing. It's a pretty dish besides—and very economical. If you're like me and enjoy growing your own ingredients, you won't have to pick up much at the store.
I came up with this invigorating salad at our weekly pool gatherings with friends. Each of us brings our own meat to grill and a side to share. This dish was definitely a hit. —Stacy Kibler, Centerville, Ohio
With juicy tomatoes, feta cheese, onions and olives slightly marinated in a red wine vinaigrette, this light and refreshing salad is just right for those hot spring and summer days. —Jill Bowers, Huntington, Indiana
Chock-full of tomato, red and green pepper and tricolor spirals, this full-flavored salad is as attractive as it is delicious. Dawna Waggoner of Minong, Wisconsin adds feta cheese and black olives to the medley before coating it with a speedy homemade dressing.
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The chilled salad our Test Kitchen tossed together is an ideal warm-weather refresher. Golden corn, grape tomatoes and fresh basil bring the very best of summer to the table. Subtly salty olives add an interesting contrast to the other sun-sweetened veggies
I created this colorful salad for a 4-H project and took it all the way to the state competition, where I won first place! I’d love to have my own Italian restaurant someday.—Seth Murdoch, Red Rock, Texas