"I use homegrown ingredients from our garden to put together this refreshing salad," writes Evelyn Lewis of Independence, Missouri. Onion, tomato and cucumber blend beautifully with the chewy texture of bulgur. Evelyn perks up the wholesome toss with lemon juice and herbs.
These potatoes are a speedy side dish that complements most any entree. Feta cheese adds a rich zesty flavor. A neighbor supplies me with garden-fresh chives, but you can use frozen or dried chives for more convenience.—Jean Komlos, Plymouth, Michigan
I help teach a healthy lifestyles program and often share this recipe. Instead of mandarin oranges you can add fresh chopped oranges...or replace the peas with diced cucumber or green pepper.
-Debbie Anderson of Hillsdale, Michigan
Topped with tomato slices and crumbled blue cheese, this pretty tart is a great way to get good-for-you spinach into your diet. "Years ago, I borrowed the recipe from a college friend," writes Cindy Kelly of Amston, Connecticut. "Now, I'm asked to bring it to every party.
"My family comes from a very hop part of Italy, so chilled pasta salads are always a big hit," notes Rosemary Morgan, Pacifica, California. "To top off this light meal, I suggest taking a walk after dinner with your loved ones." Pepperoncini gives the dish zip, and olive oil dressing add Mediterranean flavor.
From Victoria, British Columbia, Debbie Kangas writes, "While visiting my in-laws in the Canary Islands, we had a rooftop buffet for 20 people to celebrate our anniversaries. This was one of the dishes my mother-in-law prepared. It's been popular here at home ever since."
“This pasta dish is simple to prepare and never fails to please,” reports Andrea Jones of McKinney, Texas. “I double and sometimes triple the recipe when hosting a get-together. You can serve it hot as a side dish or cold as a salad.”
“I've contributed this thick dip to many get-togethers, and there’s never any left to bring home,” shares Kallee McCreery of Escondido, California. Try serving the party starter with pita chips or fresh veggies.
Here’s a light, refreshing salad that boasts the rich flavor of artichokes, olives and summer-ripe tomatoes. From Clara Coulston of Washington Court House, Ohio, this makes a nutritious side dish with all kinds of entrees.