Living in California, the “salad bowl” of the United States, I’m inspired to cook nutritious meals like cioppino. Whenever my friends and I get together, it's the main request. —Cleo Gonske, Redding, California
"You can stir up this colorful bean salad in no time," assures Dixie Terry Goreville, Illinois. Two kinds of canned beans and a jar of artichokes pick up fast flavor when tossed with prepared salad dressing.
"I found this recipe in a magazine years ago," recalls Rachel Balsamo of Lewiston, Maine. "If you're looking for a vegetarian meal, it's wonderful as the main course. We like to serve it with hot dinner rolls and a salad."
I put together this fast five-ingredient salad after sampling a similar mixture from a salad bar. Bottled Italian dressing gives robust flavor to this simple treatment for canned artichoke hearts. It is a snap to make as a last-minute side dish.
-Elizabeth Birkenmaier, Gladstone, Missouri
Tomatoes and roasted sweet red pepper pair up to create a fabulous base for this herb cream soup. Serve it as a first course at holiday dinners and you'll be amazed at the compliments you receive.—Doty Emory, Jasper, Georgia
Angie Smith of Clarksville, Tennessee modeled this colorful and festive salad after one she and husband Bob first tasted in an Italian restaurant. “It’s so fast, fresh and goes with almost any pasta meal I make,” she says. “It takes only minutes to prepare, and you can vary the recipe by substituting different cheeses or Italian ham. ”
Since my mother went to college in California, she introduced the family to artichokes and we all became fans. My baby sister developed this recipe so we could enjoy artichokes out of season. This recipe pairs well with Gallo® Family Vineyards Barrellli Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.—Taste of Home Cooking School
Santa himself couldn't resist sampling these savory bites chockfull of artichokes, onions and cheese. They're at the top of my family's list for every holiday gathering. And whether I serve them hot or cold, there are never any left!
The refreshing taste of these Mediterranean-flavored bites will have guests going back for seconds. But they can do so without guilt because this great appetizer is so healthful.
Joy Shind - Smyrna, Tennessee