"These make-ahead kabobs are a fun way to serve a chilled salad," says Iola Egle of McCook, Nebraska. A homemade vinaigrette complements the tender potatoes, crisp peppers, cherry tomatoes and sliced zucchini.
If you like stuffed potato skins, you’ll love these little cups filled with feta cheese, spinach, onion and more. They’re easy for guests to take and enjoy from a buffet.—Nicole Filizetti, Grand Marais, Michigan
Mary Jo Welch adds a touch of lemon and a hint of dill to dress up her couscous with flavorful results! The Brandon, Manitoba cook enjoys serving this as a low-fat side to most any full-flavored meat entree.
"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."
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.