It's surprising how a few herbs can brighten up tuna salad. Made with reduced-fat mayonnaise, this version from Billie Moss gets zip from mustard. "It makes a great light lunch or Sunday brunch item," she notes from El Sobrante, California.
Chock-full of fresh and canned beans, this colorful salad is perfect for potluck. De Loris Lawson of Carthage, Missouri sent the recipe. She writes, "I am a great-grandmother who loves to cook—from fancy meals for company to simple bean and corn bread suppers."
Leah Lyon of Ada, Oklahoma often rounds out a meal with Southwest Iceberg Slaw. "It's a cool, light and versatile side dish I created one day when I was trying to stretch my avocados," she says. "And friends rave about it no matter what vegetables I add!“
TASTY TIP: Try substituting other fresh garden vegetables in this salad or adding low-fat Mexican panela cheese for a light lunch entree, suggests Leah.
You can easily wedge this pretty melon salad into any meal plan. Margaret Wagner Allen of Abingdon, Virginia shares the recipe for this refreshing side that's perfect for a light luncheon. For variety, she suggests drizzling a little reduced-fat French salad dressing over the sweet combination of cantaloupe, cottage cheese, granola, raisins and nuts.
You'll only need a total of six ingredients—three for the refreshing citrus dressing and three for the colorful salad. You can replace the pecans in the salad with walnuts or almonds to better suit your tastes.—Elissa Armbruster, Medford, New Jersey
This pretty blend of garden-fresh vegetables and zesty herb dressing tastes as good as it looks! By microwaving the asparagus a bit before adding the other veggies, Patricia Alderete of Lowell, Indiana keeps cool in the kitchen.
"When I want a light yet hearty meal, I fix this refreshing main-dish salad," says Bonnie Wittekind of Higley, Arizona. "My husband loves the beef and the zippy flavor. As a busy mom, I appreciate that it doesn't take long to put this entree on the table.
The L&T tasting panel loved this full-flavored contribution from Jennifer Cain. "When I tasted this tangy salad at a cookout, I immediately asked for the recipe," she writes from Bel Air, Maryland. "Even after I pared it down and added veggies, it was still a hit!"
To create a more interesting pasta salad, I added pasta to my favorite black-eyed pea salad. The result is different and delicious. Cucumber and green pepper give this picnic side dish a satisfying crunch.
—Melinda Ewbank of Fairfield, Ohio