Deciding to start eating healthy, I took a classic carrot and raisin salad recipe and lightened it up, then added apples for extra flavor. I took this dish to a weight-loss group meeting...and they loved it!
—Kim Jones of Collinsville, Illinois
"Carrots and pineapple give this fluffy gelatin salad its refreshing taste," says Jean Smith of Crossville, Tennessee. "A friend gave me the recipe. I serve this side dish often, whether I'm entertaining guests or my family. Lovely and light, it's perfect with almost any menu."
IF YOU like carrots, here's a great recipe. It's easy to prepare and healthy. My mother made it every holiday, using either regular or golden raisins.
This was one of the first recipes I tried on my husband when we were newlyweds. He was skeptical because he didn't like raisins, but now this is one of his favorite salads.
-Marlene Reilly, Nescopeck, Pennsylvania
We love going to the farmer's market on summer Saturdays to by homegrown lettuce and fresh produce for salads. I hope you'll try my special dressing, made with pureed vegetables. I've received compliments on its flavor and pretty color.
Full of fruity sweetness, this fresh-tasting salad tosses together grated carrots with mandarin oranges, apple celery and raisins- all coated with tangy lemon yogurt. Field editor Shirley Glaab of Hattiesburg, Mississippi shared this fun side dish.
I got this recipe in a "swap" with one of my sisters. People usually aren't too familiar with lentils, so they'll at first try only a little. Before long, though, they'll ask to have the bowl passed back down so they can take a "real" helping!
We live on a small livestock farm—raising goats, rabbits and chickens—and I've found this salad's an ideal dish to take out to the field. My husband and I have four children, ranging in age from 6 years to 6 months.
Hasel King from Nacogdoches, Texas combines spinach tortellini and carrots to bring color and variety to this tasty chilled pasta recipe. Italian dressing and fragrant basil add lively flavor with minimal effort.
"Anytime I find a recipe full of vegetables that my family will eat, I'm a happy mom," write Colleen Edelsward of Woodinville, Washington. "My husband comes back for seconds when I serve this." Tip: "The carrots and beans are great finger food for young kids," she adds.