At lunch with a friend one day, she told me about a steak salad she'd had at a party. It sounded so fantastic, I had to try it for myself. My family would eat it nonstop if we could. Can't seem to get enough of that twangy dressing! —Alma Winberry, Great Falls, Montana
As a change from mayonnaise-laden slaw, I created this refreshing alternative. It uses many of the garden vegetables I grow, so it’s also economical. I serve it at our family reunion each Fourth of July, and it’s always a big hit at church socials.
Stephanie Homme and her family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana are real fans of jicama. “It’s a Mexican root vegetable that’s like a cross between a turnip and sweet potato,” she explains. “It’s juicy, sweet and adds crunch and heat to this wonderful salad with feisty Mexican flair.”
Sweet pear and pineapple are treated to a light, creamy whipped topping with a hint of tang. “This unique salad is simple and delicious. It’s perfect for family meals or company,” says Marshfield, Missouri’s Bernice Morris.
“This old family recipe is delicious served with ham or turkey,” shares Joan Hallford from North Richland Hills, Texas. “The sour cream dressing adds a nice tang and everyone comes back for seconds when I serve it.”
On weekday mornings, I whip up this fun chicken and blueberry combination in minutes to take for lunch. It also works as a nice, light salad for a summer supper, and it’s a cinch to double it for a shower or potluck. —Kari Caven, Coeur d'Alene, ID
“My mother-in-law prepared this for us on a recent visit,” relates Lee Ann Odell of Boulder, Colorado. The fresh-tasting salad of spinach and grapefruit is nicely dressed with a sweet honey mixture. “The recipe is so easy to put together, and we never have any leftovers,” Lee Ann confirms.
Even finicky folks will eat their vegetables when they're tossed with seasonings and olive oil, then roasted. To save time, our home economists suggest you peel and cut the squash, rutabagas and turnips earlier in the day. Place in resealable plastic bags and chill until ready to use.