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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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Grilled Romaine Hearts

Grilled Romaine Hearts

Grilled Romaine Hearts

Romaine is a great companion for a grilled medium rare steak, but don’t leave it on the grill too long, or the leaves may scorch. —Stuart Pritchard, Commerce, Texas

Grilled Three-Potato Salad

Grilled Three-Potato Salad

Grilled Three-Potato Salad

Everyone in our extended family loves to cook, so I put together all of our favorite recipes in a cookbook to be handed down from generation to generation. This recipe comes from that cookbook. It's a delicious twist on traditional potato salad. —Suzette Jury, Keene, California

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
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Seafood & Shells Salad

Seafood & Shells Salad

Seafood & Shells Salad

“My family asks for this salad often during the summer months. It’s become a favorite.” —Rosalee Ray, Lansing, Michigan

Summer Garden Salad

Summer Garden Salad

Summer Garden Salad

Now’s the time to raid your garden and herb patch and put together this healthy salad. A touch of mint will make your mouth water.—Jessica Reyno-Joseph, Kissimmee, Florida

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

“You cannot beat this light and refreshing salad on hot summer days!” says Bev Jones in Brunswick, Missouri. “The combination of watermelon, cilantro, lime and tasty heirloom tomatoes is just unusual enough to keep folks commenting on the great flavor—and coming back for more!"

Blue Cheese & Grape Coleslaw

Blue Cheese & Grape Coleslaw

Blue Cheese & Grape Coleslaw

Dishes like coleslaw beg for a fresh approach. I update mine with almonds, grapes, blue cheese and bacon for a grand bowl of color and crunch. —Jeannine Bunge, Hartley, Iowa

Grape Pasta Salad

Grape Pasta Salad

Grape Pasta Salad

“This recipe has been very popular in my family!” says Tia Crosson of Las Vegas, Nevada. “It's super-easy and inexpensive to make. Everyone is always impressed.” The grapes and broccoli give a delightful twist to plain pasta salad.

Chicken Pita Salad

Chicken Pita Salad

Chicken Pita Salad

I make this refreshing dish to take to family get-togethers. Its great Greek flavors and crispy chewiness guarantee it will be gone in a blink. —Catherine Slussler, Tomball, Texas

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

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
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