Mary Shivers of Ada, Oklahoma, makes a knockout shredded pork, served in tortillas. Turn it into a hearty salad of pork, greens, black beans and other Southwestern sprinklings. —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
This cool, crisp coleslaw is a great compliment to any meal. “I adapted this colorful, tangy dish from a more time-consuming recipe I had. It’s easy to double or triple for potlucks, too.” Maryrose DeGroot - State College, Pennsylvania
I played around with my best friend's recipe for chicken salad until I had one that was perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers. This salad is light and refreshing...the perfect antidote for heavy holiday eating. Plus, it's easy to prepare. —Kristy Dills, Flintsonte, Georgia
MY HUSBAND suggested I share this salad recipe. It's one of his favorites, which I created long ago in a moment of panic.
I'd opened the refrigerator to get out the makings for green salad and discovered I had only a couple lettuce leaves. The cottage cheese was a perfect substitute.
-Pat Wasing, Houston, Texas
• “A neighbor showed me how to make Green Bean Salad, and the men in my family really like beans served this way,” writes field editor Mildred Sherrer of Fort Worth, Texas. “They’re crisp-tender and colorful with bits of tomato, egg and parsley.”
This elegant salad is perfect beside a centerpiece turkey or lamb. With the crunch of walnuts, sweetness of cinnamon and fresh-picked goodness of apples, it will become a holiday staple.—Lynn Silva, San Diego, CA
Alice Coate's tomato juice-based dressing offers a nice combination of tangy and tart with only a trace of fat. "We like our salad dressing tart, but you may want to add a little more sugar if that suits you family's tastes better," suggests the Bryan, Texas reader.
Sugared almonds give Dolores Lueken's delicious salad an over-the-top kick that will have guests coming back for seconds. She sent the healthy and flavorful salad from her kitchen in Ferdinand, Indiana.
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.