During a long Midwest winter, I crave greens and tomatoes from the garden. These leaf lettuces and grape tomatoes have a fantastic out-of-the-garden taste. Thank goodness we can get them all year 'round..—Jasmine Rose, Crystal Lake, Illinois
I FOUND this recipe years ago in an old cookbook. By using different colored gelatins, it blends in well with special holiday dinners.
Of course, I use lime for our St. Patrick's Day celebration. Whatever the holiday, this salad is a big hit and there's seldom any leftover.
-Pauline Albert, Catasauqua, Pennsylvania
Tomatoes always come to mind when I think of ripe garden goodness. Bright, succulent slices star in the lively salad I served at our garden gathering. You can make this a day ahead since the tomatoes can marinate overnight.
"This different and refreshing combination of fruits is a welcome side dish my husband, Jim, and I enjoy with breakfast or lunch," says Genise Krause from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. "The light dressing lets the goodness of the fruit come through."
Dill and mustard pep up the tangy dressing that coats this combination of crunchy vegetables and tender potato chunks. We try to eat healthy, and recipes like this one fit right in with our goals.
Janis Plagerman of Lynden, Washington
"This pretty salad is a staple at my house. I've shared the recipe with any satisfied guests," pens Lois Kenneberg, Phoenix, Arizona. "It's easily divided for smaller portions, tooI frequently make just 'one apple's worth'. I you don't like pineapple, try substituting canned mandarin oranges and juice instead."
This pretty salad is always a hit when I serve it! The recipe came from a cookbook, but I personalized it. Sometimes just a small change in ingredients can create a big difference. —Laura Pounds, Andover, KS
We've nicknamed this crunchy salad "Christmas slaw" because of its pretty mix of red and green vegetables. But it's tasty any time. It's great light lunch when stuffed into a whole wheat pita.
-Julie Copenhayer of Morganton, North Carolina
Especially during the summertime, this makes a nice light meal. When I prepare it for guests, I'll also serve rice and breadit's quick and easy, but it always wins me many compliments!
I'm a homemaker with two small children, and cooking's one of my favorite hobbies.
This rice salad came from my mother's personal cookbook. I'm not sure where she found it, but it sounds like a New Orleans-type of dish to me. I like to make it for special occasions. It tastes especially good with barbecued meats. It also goes well with turkey dishes...and it's nutritious!
This hearty salad always satisfies my hungry family. For a change of pace, substitute pork loin or poultry for the steak. Southwestern-style dressing or a sour cream-avocado-cheese mix can also be substituted for the salsa as the topping.Leah Carrell, Quitman, Texas