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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.

Italian Zucchini Salad

Italian Zucchini Salad

Italian Zucchini Salad

My husband, Robert, doesn't care much for zucchini, but even he likes this salad, so it's one I make often. The dressing is generous—it can be used on other green salads and even to marinate meats for the grill. I'm always trying new recipes, and I have lots of eager tasters with three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. I've entered recipe contests many times before, but this is the first time I've had a recipe picked. It's the nicest feeling!

Fresh Apple Salad

Fresh Apple Salad

Fresh Apple Salad

This salad is a perfect fall dish that always gets rave reviews. I clipped the recipe out of a newspaper years ago. Now I find myself preparing it whenever company is coming over—or anytime that my husband asks for it. Besides cooking, I also enjoy gardening and needlework.

Party Potato Salad

Party Potato Salad

Party Potato Salad

This salad has been a staple for the family for years. A friend and I prepared enough to serve 200 at my oldest son's wedding reception.—Dona Sundsmo, Tacoma, Washington
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Festive Potato Salad

Festive Potato Salad

Festive Potato Salad

Every member of my family (my husband and I have two grown sons and a grandson) likes creamy-type potato salads. So I make mine often for many occasions. It's usually partially eaten before I can even announce, "It's ready"!

Lazy Days Potato Salad

Lazy Days Potato Salad

Lazy Days Potato Salad

For a colorful and simply delicious side dish, try Margaret Wilson's Lazy Days Potato Salad. The Hemet, California cook cuts the prep time to almost nothing by using canned potatoes! Slice in some crunchy veggies and diced dill pickles, drizzle with a light creamy dressing seasoned with garlic and mustard—and supper is served!

Quick Creamy Coleslaw

Quick Creamy Coleslaw

Quick Creamy Coleslaw

My mother made this classic coleslaw for my wedding. The big bowl was emptied in no time!

Grilled Veggie Fettuccine Salad

Grilled Veggie Fettuccine Salad

Grilled Veggie Fettuccine Salad

This is my mother's favorite meatless meal. It is great either as a side dish for dinner or the main course for lunch. It is so colorful and is also delicious.—Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad

Field editor Traci Wynne writes from Denver, Pennsylvania, “I adore shrimp, so to have it sneak into a pasta salad is a real treat for me. The combination of lemon-dill sauce over chilled pasta is a refreshing taste in the hot summer.”

Easy Sirloin Caesar Salad

Easy Sirloin Caesar Salad

Easy Sirloin Caesar Salad

A tangy sauce that combines bottled salad dressing, lemon juice and Dijon mustard flavors this filling main-dish salad. You save on cleanup time because both the steak and bread are cooked on the grill.

Tangy Watermelon Salad

Tangy Watermelon Salad

Tangy Watermelon Salad

The refreshing blend of watermelon, red onions and a splash of citrus always does me proud at picnics and potlucks. I like to prepare it a day ahead so the flavors have a chance to blend, and I use the rind as a colorful serving bowl. If you're short on time, simply substitute any bottled citrus vinaigrette. —Alisha Duncan, Blanchard, Oklahoma

Red-White-and-Blue Berry Delight

Red-White-and-Blue Berry Delight

Red-White-and-Blue Berry Delight

Loaded with fresh strawberries and blueberries, this luscious JELL-O is perfect for any Fourth of July celebration! —Constance Fennell, Grand Junction, Michigan
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