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Memorial Day Salad Recipes

From traditional greens to coleslaw, fruit salads and more, try these must-make recipes for your celebration.

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Green is my favorite color, and this refreshing salad with grapes, cucumber and kiwi is green to the max. If you want more, add green apples and pears. —Melissa McCabe, Long Beach, California
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Blueberry Tossed Salad

Blueberry Tossed Salad

Blueberry Tossed Salad

My friends look forward to having this salad at picnics throughout summer. It's deliciously different.

Veggie Lovers Combo Salad

Veggie Lovers Combo Salad

Veggie Lovers Combo Salad

Here's a terrific way to eat a garden's worth of veggies. Use up to 5 cups of the freshest stuff on hand. —Marianne Taylor, South Hadley, Massachusetts

Simple Cabbage Slaw

Simple Cabbage Slaw

Simple Cabbage Slaw

When I was growing up, my father would make this salad as part of our Sunday dinner. Now I carry on the tradition with my own family. —Sandra Lampe, Muscatine, Iowa
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Pecan Sweet Potato Salad

Pecan Sweet Potato Salad

Pecan Sweet Potato Salad

A new twist on an old favorite, this tasty, easy-to-make sweet potato salad is sure to be the talk of your gathering. —Patricia Swart, Bridgeton, New Jersey

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

Grilled Portobello Spinach Salad

Grilled Portobello Spinach Salad

Grilled Portobello Spinach Salad

Grilled portobellos add a healthy heartiness to this meatless main-dish salad. —Thomas McCleary • Kansas City, Kansas

Raspberry-Chili Tuna on Greens

Raspberry-Chili Tuna on Greens

Raspberry-Chili Tuna on Greens

Kathy Hawkins of Gurnee, Illinois turns grilled tuna into something sensational with her zippy marinade featuring raspberry preserves and Thai chili sauce, a spicy staple in Thai cuisine. Serve on Romaine lettuce, garnish with fresh veggies and this entree is special enough for guests. TASTY TIP: Add baked potatoes or a crusty loaf of bread and fresh fruit cups for dessert…and dinner is served!

Peppery Vegetable Salad

Peppery Vegetable Salad

Peppery Vegetable Salad

I've had to find some great recipes to use all the harvest our large garden produces every year, including this colorful combination. It's loaded with crunch and well-seasoned flavor. —Andrea Sheatz, Knox, Pennsylvania

Chicken Curry Fruit Salad

Chicken Curry Fruit Salad

Chicken Curry Fruit Salad

Perfect for a special spring luncheon, this refreshing combo blends chicken, apple, celery and grapes with a splash of lime and the crunch of nuts and noodles. Yum! —P.J. Anderson, Salt Lake City

Layered Fruit Salad

Layered Fruit Salad

Layered Fruit Salad

This colorful salad is a real eye-catcher, and it tastes as good as it looks. Fresh fruit is always a welcome side dish with a summer meal. The addition of oranges and grapefruit gives this salad a different twist. -Page Alexander, Baldwin City, Kansas

Mint-Cream Fruit Topping

Mint-Cream Fruit Topping

Mint-Cream Fruit Topping

For a different spin on a typical fruit salad, try this creamy mint sauce from Diane Hixon of Niceville, Florida. It’s delicious dolloped on orange slices and other fresh fruit. TIP: “In summer, it’s very refreshing served over melon, strawberries and red and green grapes,” Diane notes.
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