This recipe was inspired by my love of spicy flavors and light, nutritious entrees. The pretty salad has an appealing variety of textures. I make it year-round because it's fast and easy to prepare after a long day at work.
-Peggy Allen, Pasadena, California
Some people call me the "Queen of Wheat" because I'm always telling them how to use it in creative ways. This tasty salad was a hit with my family. I often add cooked chicken or seafood to turn it into a main dish.
-Brenda Tew of Shelley, Idaho
Crispy snow peas, red pepper and onion, plus tender shrimp are combined in this refreshing salad. The light sesame dressing is mildly seasoned with ginger and soy. Sunshine Wall shares the recipe from her home in Jacksonville, Florida.
This colorful combination of strawberries, pear, peach , pineapple and banana is tossed with yogurt and rice for a delightful side dish that really says summer. Violet Beard from Marshall, Illinois submitted this recipe.
With loads of vegetables and a delicious lemon-sesame oil dressing, this low-fat pasta toss offers guilt-free enjoyment. “The original recipe called for raw vegetables, but we think they taste so great stir fried this way,” explains Pat Hilmer of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Here's a quick easy meal. My mom made it when I was growing up, but I added veggies and lightened the sweet-and-sour dressing. I also bake the crispy wontons instead of frying them. —Kylea Rorabaugh of Kansas City, Missouri
“My husband and I love to eat Thai and Indian food, but notice that most of these cuisines do not offer fresh salads on their menus,” writes Grace Kunert of Salt Lake City, Utah. “This is a recipe we developed to keep all those ethnic flavors when we needed a light dinner.”
"I tossed together this tasty salad for some business friends a few years ago," explains Michelle Smith from Running Springs, California. "The meat has to marinate first, but it's well worth the wait. In fact, after serving this dish I received two proposals for marriage plus one offer to be a live-in cook!"
We love this salad's crunch and color. It has the right combination of spices and a hint of sweetness from coconut and dried cranberries. This is one of our favorite end-of-garden recipes.
-Nancy Fleming of Rainier, Washington