With just a few minutes of prep work, this makes an eye-catching entree. “I sometimes add a handful of halved grape tomatoes to the pan during the last minute of cooking,” says Diana Santospago of Isle au Haut, Maine. “It’s a very pretty, tasty dish.”
"For a special-occasion main dish that's perfect for a small family gathering, try this moist tender turkey breast with its unusual dressing," suggests Kathi Graham of Naperville, Illinois. "Lemon and garlic flavor the meat, while raisins and shredded carrot add sweetness and color to the couscous stuffing."
When you find a vegetable recipe that demands second helpings, it's worth sharing. I made these green beans for a dinner party, and that's exactly what happened. I like to use haricot verts, the skinny type of green bean. —Samantha Bowman, Houston, Texas
Fresh-flavored marinade works magic on this pork, making it tender and juicy. I often complete the meal with cauliflower or brussels sprouts, roasted so they’re naturally sweet.—Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware
We have neighbors who share vegetables from their garden, and every year my husband and I look forward to their beets. My interest in Mediterranean food inspired this beet salad recipe—the vinegar and oil dressing with fresh mint tones down the sweetness of the beets and the kalamata olives add a salty touch.—Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Here’s a fabulous, healthy side dish that features a delightful blend of fresh herbs and sunny citrus flavors. Says Kathleen Martin of Medford, New York, “Anytime I take this to a picnic…the bowl is always the first one emptied!” TIP: When herbs are fresh and plentiful in her garden, Kathleen Martin chops and freezes them with the oil, lime juice and soy sauce, then stores in Zip-loc bags. That way she can enjoy this tasty dish with fresh herb flavor all year long.
I have shared this salad many times with the teachers at my school. They enjoy it so much that they ask me to bring it in. It's best to put the tomatoes on the salad just before serving so they won't wilt from the heat and moisture. In my opinion, the dish would not be as delectable if you substitute another vinegar for the balsamic vinegar.—Kate Whitehead, Lindenhurst, Illinois
This quick and easy side dish from Eagle, Idaho’s Trisha Kruse is as tasty as it is colorful. The mild flavor makes it a great accompaniment to all sorts of entrees—especially those with Mediterranean flair.