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Comfort Food Salad Recipes

Mix things up with these comfort food salad recipes, including coleslaw, potato salad, cucumber salad, gelatin, macaroni salad, fruit salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, Cobb salad, bean salad and more.

Festive Fruit Gelatin

Festive Fruit Gelatin

Festive Fruit Gelatin

“I use this during the holidays because of the color combination, but it's good anytime!” With cranberry sauce, pineapple and cream cheese, there's a wonderful variety of flavors in this recipe. Barbara Knapp - Bennington, Vermont

Healthy Potato Salad

Healthy Potato Salad

Healthy Potato Salad

"Here's a heart-healthy version of my longtime favorite potato salad recipe," says Pat Potter, Calumet City, Illinois. "It's colorful and chock-full of good crunchy ingredients."

Hot Bacon Spinach Salad

Hot Bacon Spinach Salad

Hot Bacon Spinach Salad

When I got married, my husband said he hated spinach! I prepared this salad and dressing for him and he now requests it all the time!—Lisa Spiegel Westbrook, Georgetown, Delaware
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Tangy Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Tangy Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Tangy Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Buttermilk gives a tangy twist to this mild and creamy salad dressing from our home economists. You'll love drizzling it on your fresh greens and vegetables.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Fruited Gelatin Salad

Fruited Gelatin Salad

Fruited Gelatin Salad

I've found this salad to be perfect for potlucks and special occasions. It cuts nicely into squares and can be served on lettuce leaves if you like. —Norma Warner, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Pineapple Mint Salad

Pineapple Mint Salad

Pineapple Mint Salad

This cool refreshing salad goes with a variety of entrees. It has become our tradition during the Easter season. —Dorothy Showalter Broadway, Virginia

Chicken Nugget Caesar Salad

Chicken Nugget Caesar Salad

Chicken Nugget Caesar Salad

"I was getting ready to prepare a Caesar salad with chicken strips when I discovered I didn't have enough chicken breasts in the freezer," explains the Lake Zurich, Illinois cook. "So, I substituted frozen chicken nuggets. "My family was delighted with the results, "Martha notes. "So I substituted frozen chicken nuggets. "My family was delighted with the results," Martha notes. "In fact, my husband enjoyed three generous helpings!"

Cucumbers with Dill

Cucumbers with Dill

Cucumbers with Dill

Sprinkling cucumber slices with salt and letting them stand in a colander draws out excess water so the stay crisp when set on a barbecue buffet. Try them alongside any grilled entree. —Light & Tasty Test Kitchen

Red-Hot Gelatin Salad

Red-Hot Gelatin Salad

Red-Hot Gelatin Salad

“This is my grandma’s recipe,” writes Paula Ptomey of Porterville, California. “My mother makes this salad just about every year during the holidays. It has a spicy cinnamon taste that is really good. Even my daughter, who is a picky eater, likes it.”

Triple Cranberry Salad Mold

Triple Cranberry Salad Mold

Triple Cranberry Salad Mold

Whats a holiday meal without at least one jolly gelatin salad chock-full of fruit and nuts? My mother made this one for every holiday, and now my husband says he can't imagine Christmas without it! -Kristi Jo Chiles Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Make-Ahead Slaw

Make-Ahead Slaw

Make-Ahead Slaw

This side dish offers make-ahead convenience with crisp, light and refreshing results. Ruth Lovett of Bay City, Texas adds olives and vinegar for a fun twist.
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