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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.

Make-Ahead Coleslaw

Make-Ahead Coleslaw

Make-Ahead Coleslaw

A blend of vegetables adds pretty color and pleasant crunch to this coleslaw. It's nice to rely on do-ahead dishes like this when feeding a crowd. —Andrea Hutchison, Canton, Oklahoma

Zucchini Salad

Zucchini Salad

Zucchini Salad

My husband and I have a big garden and grow a variety of vegetables, including lots of zucchini. That abundant summer produce stars in this simple salad. —Shirley Smith, Wichita, Kansas

Caesar Chicken Potato Salad

Caesar Chicken Potato Salad

Caesar Chicken Potato Salad

Here in Texas, we seem to have summer year-round. So quick-to-fix dishes like this that get you in and out of the kitchen are popular. —Sarita Johnston, San Antonio, Texas
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Minty Picnic Potato Salad

Minty Picnic Potato Salad

Minty Picnic Potato Salad

What would a picnic be without potato salad? In this recipe, mint adds a tasty twist on the traditional. Because it contains oil instead of mayonnaise, it travels well to picnics. —Sheri Neiswanger, Ravenna, Ohio

Patriotic Banana Split

Patriotic Banana Split

Patriotic Banana Split

This lip-smacking salute to summertime is a creative cross between a classic banana split and a fruit salad. A scoop of watermelon, fresh berries and a sweet creamy topping produce a red, white and blue finale to any meal. And best of all, you won't have to worry about you dessert melting!

Bacon Macaroni Salad

Bacon Macaroni Salad

Bacon Macaroni Salad

This pleasing pasta salad is like eating a BLT in a bowl. Chock-full of crispy crumbled bacon, chopped tomato, celery and green onion, the sensational salad is draped in a tangy mayonnaise and vinegar dressing. It's a real crowd pleaser! —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana

Red, White 'n' Blue Salad

Red, White 'n' Blue Salad

Red, White 'n' Blue Salad

Our striking "flag" salad drew plenty of attention at our Independence Day party. The shimmering stripes are formed with distinctive gelatin layers. It makes you want to salute before spooning some up! —Laurie Neverman, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Patriotic Pasta

Patriotic Pasta

Patriotic Pasta

A popular side dish for our Independence Day menu, this hearty pasta salad is practically a meal in itself. It fit into our theme with the bright red cherry tomatoes, white noodles and cauliflower plus blue cheese. The creamy dressing is pleasantly zesty. -Laurie Neverman, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Tomato Bacon Spinach Salad

Tomato Bacon Spinach Salad

Tomato Bacon Spinach Salad

To dress up her swift spinach salad, Wendy Barnwell blends bottled Catalina dressing with warm bacon drippings and mustard. "It's a tasty addition to summer menus," shares the Fortuna, California cook. "I'm sure your family will enjoy this salad as much as mine."

Grilled Salmon Salad

Grilled Salmon Salad

Grilled Salmon Salad

For a cool summer supper, try this fresh-tasting salmon salad, created by our Test Kitchen staff. Lightly dressed with tangy raspberry vinegar, it gets a little crunch from onion and celery.

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
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