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.
"My husband and I spend most summer days working in our gardens, so I like dinner dishes that are healthy and easy," explains Virginia Arendt of Green Bay, Wisconsin. "I created this salad when cilantro was taking over our herb garden."
"Why eat a plain carrot when this super salad is such a snap to make?" asks Evelyn Schwartz (at right) from Quincy, Illinois. "The coconut makes this salad taste like a tropical treat. It keeps meals interesting to fix something special for yourself once in a while."
"My grandma frequently fixed the salad when she was asked to bring a dish to a family gathering," writes Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. "Now I make it often since it's a favorite of our kids. It's a fun way for them to get a fruit and vegetable."
This colorful traditional salad is one of my mother-in-law's favorites. It's fun to eat because of its crunchy texture, and the raisins give a slightly sweet flavor. Plus, it's easy to prepare. —Denise Baumert, Dalhart, Texas
This is a refreshing salad that adds a little zip to a festive dinner. Our state is second to Florida in production of oranges, so this recipe truly represents my area. I hope you get the chance to try it soon.
With the sunflower kernels and a peanutty dressing, this is a new twist on carrot-raisin salad. My family loves this delightfully different combination, and I'm positive your family will, too.—Tami Escher, Dumont, Minnesota
Diane Molberg of Emerald Park, Saskatchewan tosses together sweet raisins, bright carrots and crunchy apple chunks to create this fresh-tasting side dish. "This creamy salad is a breeze to prepare and a nice accompaniment to any meal," she relates.