A simple rice salad in a café inspired thoughts of adding Indian spices and chutney to this dish. To fire things up, mix in a small amount of hot chili oil, tasting carefully as you go. —Brooke Martin, Greenfield, Minnesota
Dried cranberries add color and cashews bring fun crunch to this pretty salad. “It’s great for a covered-dish dinner, but can also be served at luncheons with the girls,” writes Darlene Hoffman of Augusta, Georgia. “I like to serve it with crusty rolls.”
So much flavor for so few fixings! "This family favorite of ours has a great fresh taste, lots of different textures and can be tossed together in a heartbeat," says Chris DeMontravel in Mohegan Lake, New York. "For variety, change up the dressing to honey mustard or any other favorite."
I saw a cranberry chutney recipe that used sugar, oil and other flavors I didn't care for, so I made this combination with sugar substitute and eliminated the oil. Now it's a family favorite. —Gloria Wiech, Frontenac, Minnesota
I combined some different ideas from several recipes to come up with the ingredients for this salad. In deference to a dear friend's craving, the recipe had to include balsamic vinegar in the dressing. It was a satisfying hit.
Company was on the way, and I realized I'd forgotten to buy salad ingredients—epic fail! I scavenged the kitchen to come up with the right blend of ingredients, and created an instant favorite. You can use any type of apple but Galas are my favorite. —Kelly Walsh, Aviston, Illinois