Meet the Cook: I have a taste for beans and find them a great companion to potatoes. A versatile side dish - add ham to make the salad a meal in itself - this one's among the recipes that I've invented myself.
I have three children, all grown.
-Bea Vrsalijko, Belle Chasse, Louisiana
I have been making this mouthwatering potato salad for about 10 years. My family likes spicy foods, and thanks to a son living in New Orleans, we have a constant supply of Cajun sausage for this recipe. Made with extra sausage, it's a filling one-dish meal.—Margaret Scott, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
My family enjoys picnics anytime of year—especially in the spring. To get in the mood for warmer weather, I serve this hearty main-dish salad. You just can't beat a salad that tastes great and is good for you, too.
This recipe appeared in our local newspaper years ago. I adapted the recipe to suit our tastes. My husband, Ron, is a great cook, and we've been sharing the kitchen since his retirement. - Sherry Edwards, Camden, Arkansas
"I'm always in need of quick recipes," says Tanya Brady from Montague, Michigan. "I like to serve this healthy salad with garlic cheese bread and peanut butter cookies for dessert." TIP: Tanya stirs up a big batch of the seasoning rub and keeps it on hand, so she can start this salad in no time.
"I was trying to use up some ingredients I had in our pantry one day and threw this bean salad together," related Marilyn Gonsman of Blairsville, Georgia. "I served it the next night with chicken, and everyone enjoyed it."