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July 4th Salad Recipes

From coleslaw and greens to recipes for watermelon, broccoli, potato and pasta salads, these festive dishes are sure to please.

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A dear friend showed me how to use up cucumbers in a tangy salad. The longer it chills, the deeper the flavor. Look for lemon or pickling cucumbers. —Dian Jorgensen, Santa Rosa, California
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Seafood & Shells Salad

Seafood & Shells Salad

Seafood & Shells Salad

“My family asks for this salad often during the summer months. It’s become a favorite.” —Rosalee Ray, Lansing, Michigan

Crunchy Spinach Salad

Crunchy Spinach Salad

Crunchy Spinach Salad

A fresh salad is the perfect complement to any summer meal, like my grilled ribeye steaks. This salad, with its tangy dressing and crisp, crunchy ingredients, has become one of our very favorites. —Sharon Bickett, Chester, South Carolina

Greek Tomato Salad

Greek Tomato Salad

Greek Tomato Salad

"My German father-in-law loves to vacation in Greece," relates Jerry Lappin of Garden City, Kansas. "After a stay on the sunny beaches of Rhodes, he game me the recipe for this zesty salad, full of fresh tomatoes, red onion, green pepper, ripe olives and feta cheese. I like to serve it for a light lunch with sourdough, French or Italian bread."
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Homemade Lazy Days Potato Salad

Homemade Lazy Days Potato Salad

Homemade Lazy Days Potato Salad

This is a great dish to make for any summer luncheon. It tastes so delicious and is so easy to make.—Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California

Festive Tomato Wedges

Festive Tomato Wedges

Festive Tomato Wedges

Since I have a large vegetable and herb garden, many of the ingredients in this recipe are truly "homegrown". I found this simple recipe in a magazine years ago and it quickly became a favorite at family picnics. I have five married children and seven grandchildren, and they all love to come home for some of "Mom's cooking". —Wilma Purcell, Alma, Illinois

Potato Salad Mold

Potato Salad Mold

Potato Salad Mold

This potato salad is the result of my combining several recipes through the years. Using a mold makes for a pretty presentation.

Blue Cheese & Grape Coleslaw

Blue Cheese & Grape Coleslaw

Blue Cheese & Grape Coleslaw

Dishes like coleslaw beg for a fresh approach. I update mine with almonds, grapes, blue cheese and bacon for a grand bowl of color and crunch. —Jeannine Bunge, Hartley, Iowa

Southern Corn Bread Salad

Southern Corn Bread Salad

Southern Corn Bread Salad

To feed a crowd, I make this eye-popping corn bread salad. It’s beautiful in a trifle bowl and instant sunshine by the spoonful. —Debbie Johnson, Centertown, Missouri

Raspberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Raspberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Raspberry Pecan Chicken Salad

I gave this sweet-savory chicken salad a little zip with Chinese five-spice powder, which tastes a bit like pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle some on roasted carrots for an awesome meal. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri

Family Picnic Salad

Family Picnic Salad

Family Picnic Salad

The bountiful potluck at our annual family reunion includes favorites such as this salad. You can substitute Italian dressing or another type to give this dish a twist.—Barb Hausey, Independence, Missouri

Grilled Three-Potato Salad

Grilled Three-Potato Salad

Grilled Three-Potato Salad

Everyone in our extended family loves to cook, so I put together all of our favorite recipes in a cookbook to be handed down from generation to generation. This recipe comes from that cookbook. It's a delicious twist on traditional potato salad. —Suzette Jury, Keene, California
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