Almost as spectacular as the fireworks, this lovely salad makes quite a "bang" at our July Fourth meal. It's exciting to serve, and our guests loved the cool fruity and creamy layers. This salad really added to my patriotic theme.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
I came up with this recipe when unexpected company arrived and I didn't have enough lettuce and tomatoes on hand to make a traditional salad. Everyone enjoyed it so much that it became a regular at our table. —Avanell Hewitt, North Richland Hills, Texas
My most requested summer recipe is wonderful warm, cold or at room temperature. Because the potato salad is dressed with a vinaigrette, not mayonnaise, it's ideal for outdoor occasions. —Robin Jungers, Campbellsport, Wisconsin
I love to bring this delicious salad to school gatherings. The homemade dressing couldn’t be simpler, so I whip it up in advance and just give it a quick toss with the other ingredients when I get to any event.
—Kris Bristol, Charlotte, MI
I first made this for a family reunion, and now it's always requested for our family gatherings. The sweet and tangy lemonade-pudding coating goes well with any fruit, so feel free to substitute your favorites. —Rhonda Eads, Jasper, Indiana
I developed this recipe for a friend who needed a potato salad that could withstand Fourth of July weather. The vinaigrette was a safe and delicious alternative to traditional mayonnaise-based potato salads. I've also substituted fresh thyme for the basil. Any fresh herbs would be great! —Melanie Cloyd, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Nothing says summer quite like a cool pasta salad with loads of vegetables! Best of all, this recipe calls for frozen vegetables, so it's perfect when you don't have time to slice and dice fresh produce.