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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.

Carved Watermelon Table Topper

Carved Watermelon Table Topper

Carved Watermelon Table Topper

This easy-to-carve watermelon truly says "summer." Unlike other versions that simply feature a scalloped edge, this includes a unique fruit design on the side and an easy handle at the top. But you don't need to stock up on supplies to make it. Just grab a few basic tools from your kitchen and craft area and start carving. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Colorful Bean & Barley with Almonds Salad

Colorful Bean & Barley with Almonds Salad

Colorful Bean & Barley with Almonds Salad

Jazz up any table setting with this tasty combination of colorful veggies, beans and nuts. Almond Board of California

Contest-Winning Colorful Coleslaw

Contest-Winning Colorful Coleslaw

Contest-Winning Colorful Coleslaw

Although raspberry vinegar may seem like an odd ingredient in coleslaw, it adds fresh, fruity flavor. The recipe can easily be doubled for a larger gathering.—Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana
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Easy Pasta Salad for a Crowd

Easy Pasta Salad for a Crowd

Easy Pasta Salad for a Crowd

Spinach, peppers and onions mingle with tangy feta cheese in this simple pasta salad. Feel free to make it ahead of time, so it’s ready when you are.—Jacquelyn Saintjohn, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Quick Golden Potato Salad

Quick Golden Potato Salad

Quick Golden Potato Salad

What’s a cookout without potato salad? Incomplete, we say. We think Linda’s version will become a summer staple. —Linda Behrman, North Merrick, New York

Bacon & Gorgonzola Potato Salad

Bacon & Gorgonzola Potato Salad

Bacon & Gorgonzola Potato Salad

Dressed in a rich, creamy sauce flavored with Gorgonzola cheese, chives and bacon, this potato salad is sure to be a hit. “I like to make it ahead so the flavors have time to blend.” Barbara Spitzer - Lodi, California

Spinach Salad with Penne

Spinach Salad with Penne

Spinach Salad with Penne

Loaded with fresh greens, this delightful pasta salad fits the season perfectly. Lynnell Lowney - Waunakee, Wisconsin

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Give friends a taste of the tropics on warm summer days with this refreshing fruit blend. For a little extra punch, you might add a splash of coconut rum. —Carol Farnsworth, Greenwood, Indiana

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

Cilantro Blue Cheese Slaw

Cilantro Blue Cheese Slaw

Cilantro Blue Cheese Slaw

“Serve this slaw as a side dish to any meal, or use it to top your favorite fish taco recipe instead of lettuce and the usual toppings.” Christi Dalton — Hartsville, Tennessee

Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

Capturing the fantastic flavors of summer, this refreshing, beautiful watermelon-cucumber salad will be the talk of any picnic or potluck. —Roblynn Hunnisett, Guelph, Ontario
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