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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.

French Dressing with Tomatoes

French Dressing with Tomatoes

French Dressing with Tomatoes

Every time I make this recipe that I received from my mother-in-law, it takes me back to the country. I can see myself in the garden among all of those fresh tomatoes. How good they are, plucked right off the vine.

Fresh Fruit Bowl

Fresh Fruit Bowl

Fresh Fruit Bowl

The glorious colors used here make this a great summer salad. Slightly sweet and chilled, it makes a nice accompaniment to a grilled entree. —Marlon Kirst, Troy, Michigan

Pineapple Coleslaw

Pineapple Coleslaw

Pineapple Coleslaw

"WHEN I was a child, my mother often served this salad with multicolored marshmallows sprinkled on top, much to my delight. The marshmallows added a touch of sweetness that really complemented this salad's tangy flavor.
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Sweet Liberty Fruit Wreath

Sweet Liberty Fruit Wreath

Sweet Liberty Fruit Wreath

Whether you craft it for a patriotic picnic or an everyday summer celebration, this colorful table topper will appetizingly round out the occasion. People positively eat it up! Our crafty kitchen experts first came up with the idea after spotting a plain foam wreath form. Rather than embellish it with dried flowers or ribbons, they decided to try fresh fruit instead. The process turned out to be so simple and so fast that they had time to add a savory centerpiece center—which doubles as a creamy dipping sauce. The final touch is a cinch, too. You simply top the sauce with strawberry stars you slice using mini cookie cutters.

Sparkling Rhubarb Salad

Sparkling Rhubarb Salad

Sparkling Rhubarb Salad

To sweeten your meal, give subscriber Mary Ellen Beachy's rhubarb salad a try. "It has a very fresh fruity flavor,"she remarks from Dundee, Ohio. "Plus, it comes in handy if you find you have a surplus harvest of rhubarb to use up—like we do each summer!"—Mary Ellen Beach, Dundee, Ohio

Calico Pepper Salad

Calico Pepper Salad

Calico Pepper Salad

You can pep up all sorts of events with the pretty salad Jennifer Mottashed of Simcoe, Ontario shares. "It's easy on the cook, too," she notes. Not only is it ideal for mixing up ahead of time, it can be size right for any gathering.

Dilled Potato Salad

Dilled Potato Salad

Dilled Potato Salad

What's a picnic without potato salad? This recipe will add delightful new flavor to yours, according to Cam Cox of Hemet, California. "The spices make the difference," she confirms.—Cam Cox, Hemet, California

Fourth of July Jell-O

Fourth of July Jell-O

Fourth of July Jell-O

"With six children, I'm always looking for wholesome quick recipes," shares Mabel Yoder of Bonduel, Wisconsin. "This colorful salad can be fixed by school-age children and looks so pretty served in a glass bowl."

Red, White and Blueberry Salad

Red, White and Blueberry Salad

Red, White and Blueberry Salad

Lovely and layered, this delightful gelatin salad rounds out any meal fruitfully. "Originally my grandmother's recipe. I regularly make it for potlucks," details. Linnea Tucker of Dolores, Colorado. "I believe my father would eat the entire dish himself it I let him!"

Lime Strawberry Surprise

Lime Strawberry Surprise

Lime Strawberry Surprise

Eye-catching in Christmas colors, this dish looks deliciously decorative on the table. Its combination of fruitiness and nutty crunch is surprisingly simple to create. —Arline Wertz, Millington, Tennessee

Quick Antipasto Salad

Quick Antipasto Salad

Quick Antipasto Salad

I always told my sister, Karen, I'd marry a cowboy—and I did! Patrick and I had a festive farm-style wedding. My mother prepared all the side dishes, including this tongue-tingling salad. —Kendra Waterbury, East Thetford, Vermont
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