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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.

Layered Broccoli Salad

Layered Broccoli Salad

Layered Broccoli Salad

Everyone enjoys this simple salad with dinner. The layers look festive, and the crisp broccoli, sunflower seeds and bacon are a nice contrast to the chewy bits of dried cranberries.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

BLT Salad with Pasta

BLT Salad with Pasta

BLT Salad with Pasta

“This simple pasta salad is great for gatherings and a favorite of everyone I know! I like to keep the ingredients in separate containers in the fridge. Just toss together for one or more servings whenever needed.” —Mary Sigfusson, Mankato, Minnesota

Make-Ahead Broccoli Salad

Make-Ahead Broccoli Salad

Make-Ahead Broccoli Salad

My son-in-law is a professional chef, and he shared this original recipe with me last year. The salad is an excellent medley of fresh vegetables and mixed dried fruit–I even make my own fresh bacon bits to to the mix.
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Arugula Salad with Berry Dressing

Arugula Salad with Berry Dressing

Arugula Salad with Berry Dressing

My family enjoys this refreshing salad during the spring and summer months. Sweet strawberries balance the slightly tart balsamic dressing.—Jennifer Kunz, Troy, Michigan

Blue Cheese Potato Salad

Blue Cheese Potato Salad

Blue Cheese Potato Salad

Try my tasty blue cheese spin on classic potato salad. You can easily double the recipe for large picnics or potlucks, making it a great get-together appetizer.

Cool and Creamy Fruit Salad

Cool and Creamy Fruit Salad

Cool and Creamy Fruit Salad

My mom found this recipe in a magazine 25 years ago, and my family has been enjoying it ever since. I always let it refrigerate overnight before serving. It looks especially pretty served from a trifle dish.

Potato Salad with Kalamata-Hazelnut Vinaigrette

Potato Salad with Kalamata-Hazelnut Vinaigrette

Potato Salad with Kalamata-Hazelnut Vinaigrette

Potato salad tossed with vinaigrette has a lighter taste than traditional mayo versions. I add velvety avocado and hazelnuts for cool texture and crunch. —Laurie Bock, Lynden, Washington

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

Minted Cucumber Salad

Minted Cucumber Salad

Minted Cucumber Salad

Fresh herbs and a light vinaigrette season the garden-fresh cucumbers and tomatoes in this easy salad. I'm a busy pastor's wife and mother and am always looking for new recipes that can be prepared quickly but don't sacrifice taste or nutrition. —Debbie Purdue, Westland, Michigan

Fresh Broccoli Salad with Lemon

Fresh Broccoli Salad with Lemon

Fresh Broccoli Salad with Lemon

The slightly sweet flavor of this salad's dressing is a great contrast to the rich bacon. You can swap in cauliflower for the broccoli if you prefer. —Janet Roth, Tempe, Arizona

Creamy Grilled Potato Salad

Creamy Grilled Potato Salad

Creamy Grilled Potato Salad

“I grill just about everything in the summer to avoid turning on my oven—including this creamy potato salad. My friends have dubbed this ‘The Best Potato Salad You’ll Ever Put in Your Mouth!”—and I love that!” —Gayle Robinson, Carrolton, Georgia
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