Kylene Konosky of Jermyn, Pennsylvania dresses green beans, tomatoes and chicken in a pleasant basil vinaigrette, making a refreshing salad. "The flavors really blend well in the refrigerator, so this salad tastes even better the second day," she writes.
"Sticks" of celery and carrots tossed with water chestnuts ("stones") are nicely coated in a dill and Dijon mustard dressing in this recipe from Nancy Zicker of Port Orange, Florida. She says, "This salad is a big hit with our children - it's a great way to get them to eat their vegetables. Not only do they love the taste, but they also love the name of the recipe!"
Reduced-fat Italian salad dressing is the minute-saving marinade in Dorothy Acker's cold vegetable medley. "I've made this easy salad for the past 40 years and it's still a family favorite," says the Fort Wayne, Indiana reader. You can also use fresh green beans instead of frozen.
Broccoli, cauliflower and peas combine nicely in this crunchy salad from Sheila Weis of Marshfield, Wisconsin. The slightly sweet dressing and zesty bacon bits meld well with the veggies and make a delicious side dish for any meal.
Here's a slightly sweet, refreshing dressing from Edna Hoffman of Hebron, Indiana that lets the flavor of kiwifruit shine through. Combine the dressing with a medley of cut melons, apples, pears, strawberries, etc., for a bright side to breakfast, brunch or dinner.
Fresh-tasting tomatoes, zucchini, green pepper and onion are seasoned with garlic and parsley in this quick side dish that's served warm. "This recipe is great for the family that gardens because of the vegetables it uses," notes Kathy Fielder of Dallas, Texas.
"My kids really enjoy this green salad, made with romaine lettuce, broccoli, corn and crumbled bacon," shares Kathryn Maxson of Mountlake Terrace, Washington. "It uses bottled dressing, so it's quick to fix, too."
I found this recipe over 25 years ago. I made a few changes to it and our family has enjoyed it ever since. The colorful combination is perfect for the holidays, but it's equally nice at a summer picnic.
—Helen Meadows of Trout Creek, Montana
I made up this recipe when I needed a last-minute potluck dish and I had a lot of asparagus on hand. This salad went over so well that I serve it again and again. No one seems to get tired of it.
—Beverly Scalise of Bend, Oregon