A delightful change of pace from hot vegetable side dishes, this lovely asparagus salad gets an Asian twist with a simple marinade and sesame seeds. Once you try it, you'll serve it time and again.
-Linda Hutton, Hayden, Idaho
When I was first married, I experimented with a lot of recipes. I guess I got carried away. My husband told me that although he enjoyed trying new recipes, sometimes he'd like to have something familiar. I've arrived at a happy medium since then. This is one "test" that's become a favorite!
This salad combines my favorite Asian flavors with crisp, colorful veggies and smoky grilled shiitakes. Mirin for the dressing can be found in the Asian section of well-stocked supermarkets.—Kathi Jones-DelMonte, Rochester, New York
Salting the cucumbers make them crisp and crunchy for the salad. Adding the soy sauce and sesame oil make them sensation and wonder change from vinegar or mayonnaise-coated cukes. I made this for a faculty picnic one year and it was a hit.—Kelly Gardner, Alton, Illinois
A warm ginger-flavored dressing prepared with just a few ingredients tops this fresh and fun salad that’s special enough for guests. The slight hint of heat beautifully complements shrimp and veggies. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
My husband and I make this awesome salad together—he does the chopping. When we bring it to potlucks, we pack the ramen and almonds separately and toss them in right before it's time to dish up. They stay nice and crunchy that way. —Kristen Pallant, Big Arm, Montana
I crated my salad recipe while trying to think of a protein-filled, nutritious and light dish for a summer potluck. It was super easy and visually quite colorful. Best of all, it was a success...everyone, especially the vegetarians and vegans loved it!—Maiah Albi, Carlsbad, California