My black-eyed pea salad reminds me of a Southern cooking class my husband and I took while visiting Savannah, Georgia. People go nuts for it at picnics and potlucks. —Danielle Ulam, Hookstown, Pennsylvania
In summer, I am always looking for ways to use the fresh basil and tomatoes that grow in my herb garden. This recipe combines the two flavors in a wonderful salad that you can make any time of year! —Mary Ann Turk, Joplin, MO
Sprinkling cucumber slices with salt and letting them stand in a colander draws out excess water so the stay crisp when set on a barbecue buffet. Try them alongside any grilled entree. —Light & Tasty Test Kitchen
“This bright, fresh recipe is so easy to prepare. It helps us to find a use for the many vegetables we accumulate from our garden and from friends who kindly share vegetables, too.” —Jodie Gharbi, Shreveport, Louisiana
"Cooking for two is such a challenge for us, since my husband and I do not care for leftovers," says Rebecca Schweizer of Chesapeake, Virginia. "This well-seasoned salad, with its distinctive dill flavor, is my favorite lunch recipe.
I'm a huge fan of taking classic dishes and adding some flair to them. I also like to change up heavier dishes, like the classic Cobb salad. I've traded out typical chicken for crunchy falafel that's just as satisfying. — Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
"My mother shared the recipe with me after falling in love with this fresh-tasting dish at a family reunion," relates Leslie Monroe of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. "When it's made with garden-grown cucumbers and tomatoes, it's more than tasty- it's sublime."