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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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Sweet 'n' Sour Coleslaw

Sweet 'n' Sour Coleslaw

Sweet 'n' Sour Coleslaw

Barbara Keith’s Sweet 'n' Sour Coleslaw comes together in just five minutes and brings bright flavor and crunch to the menu. “This was my mother’s recipe, and I’m always asked to share it,” she writes from Faucett, Missouri.

Viva Panzanella

Viva Panzanella

Viva Panzanella

Add some white beans, and suddenly the traditional Italian bread and tomato salad is filling enough to stand on its own. It’s a great way to use fresh tomatoes from the garden or farmers market. —Patricia Levenson, Santa Ana, California

Judy's Macaroni Salad

Judy's Macaroni Salad

Judy's Macaroni Salad

After finding this vintage macaroni salad years ago, I tweaked the flavor and bumped up the pickles. Tuck it inside your picnic basket. —Elizabeth Kirchgatter, Maysville, Kentucky
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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

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.

Chopped Garden Salad

Chopped Garden Salad

Chopped Garden Salad

This recipe is always requested by my children for their birthday meal or any other get-together. The flavor combination is so yummy.—Anna Sutherland, Camp, Arkansas

Contest-Winning Strawberry Chicken Salad

Contest-Winning Strawberry Chicken Salad

Contest-Winning Strawberry Chicken Salad

This salad is similar to one I loved at a local restaurant. When we moved away, I created my own version. It goes together in minutes and is perfect for picnics. But it makes a wonderful main dish salad anytime. --Michelle Hallock, Warwick, Rhode Island

Mom's Chopped Coleslaw

Mom's Chopped Coleslaw

Mom's Chopped Coleslaw

For Friday dinners, my mother made coleslaw to go with our fish. It’s still a family tradition, and the tangy dressing even works on a tossed salad. —Cynthia McDowell, Banning, California

Tangy Four-Bean Salad

Tangy Four-Bean Salad

Tangy Four-Bean Salad

Canned beans makes this colorful salad easy to fix, while a no-fuss dressing lends sweet-and-sour flair. Green pepper and mushrooms help it stand out from other bean medleys. Sharon Cain of Revelstoke, British Columbia shared the recipe.

Grilled Steak Bruschetta Salad

Grilled Steak Bruschetta Salad

Grilled Steak Bruschetta Salad

You'll want to fire up the grill just to make this impressive entree. The steaks cook quickly, and the salad prep takes almost no time at all. —Devon Delaney, Princeton, New Jersey

Three-Pepper Coleslaw

Three-Pepper Coleslaw

Three-Pepper Coleslaw

“There are never any leftovers when I make this dish for a picnic, barbecue or any social gathering.” —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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