Whenever Mom made this salad, it was the first thing on my plate. With spinach, apples, raisins and a light dressing, this beautiful harvest salad is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
-Darlis Wilfer, Phelps, Wisconsin
Apples and lettuce pair up in this colorful and crunchy salad that you can make ahead for a gathering. The sweet and tangy vinaigrette dressing coats the apple nicely and keeps them from turning brown.
-Marlene Muckenhirn, Delano, Minnesota
Don’t fret over unexpected company. Here’s a refreshing salad that’s ready in 20 minutes. “It’s healthy...and so good,” says Rae Sorensen of Granby, Quebec. “I make sure to have all the ingredients on hand.”
Panzanella is my favorite salad, but made with tomatoes. Since good tomatoes are hard to find in the winter, I created this winter version, using roasted butternut squash, apple and cranberries.—Julie Merriman, Cold Brook, New York
The first time I tasted this dish was 40 years ago, at a Girl Scout dinner. The individual red apples, arranged on the banquet table, were beautiful and so appealing to little girls. Since then, this has been one of my special-occasion recipes. I especially like to make it at Christmastime.
Meet the Cook: Served with fresh bread, this makes a nice light meal. I've also used this recipe for entertaining, and it has always been a success at potluck dinners.
While it's a delicious way to use up leftover beef, I sometimes serve it with cold ham and cheese instead.
The parents of one son, my husband (a good cook who adds his input to my recipes) and I have two grandchildren.
-Audrey Marsh, Arva, Ontario