One of my childhood friends moved to Italy 20 years ago. During a recent visit to see her, I enjoyed a scrumptious salad made with tortellini and fresh vegetables. I fell in love with the dish and have been trying to recreate ever since. How'd I do? —Kelly Mapes, Fort Collins, Colorado
Ground beef turns an ordinary spinach salad into a main dish. Minced garlic adds just the right amount of zip. You can easily substitute any type of lettuce for the spinach. - Rita Goshaw, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
An envelope of salad dressing mix gives this salad a jump start. Basil from my herb garden boosts the fresh flavor of the dressing when drizzled over colorful salad fixings.—Deb Morrison, Skiatook, Oklahoma
I created this salad when I needed a crowd-pleaser for an event at a community charity drive and it was a huge success. I have been asked repeatedly for the recipe and asked to please make this at least six events this year. This salad keeps very well if you keep it refrigerated.—
In Grand Blanc, Michigan, Brenda Lancaster tosses together this pretty medley of greens, mushrooms, red pepper, onion and oranges. She uses raspberry vinegar in the homemade dressing, but cider vinegar works nicely in a pinch.
Just reach for this recipe when you want a nicely tangy change of pace form ordinary salads. Everyday ingredients come together is a delightful dressing that enhances the greens, vegetables, oranges and walnuts.
THIS salad is surprisingly flavorful and light, a refreshing change from a mayonnaise-based dressing. There is a nice contrast of textures and it's very easy to make. It can be adjusted to the number of people served.
Puree some leftover strawberries, add a little oil and white wine vinegar and you'll have strawberry vinaigrette.
Some grocery stores do carry strawberry vinaigrette, which can be used in place of raspberry vinaigrette.
"I'm a cook on a tour boat for a month at a time and never leave home without this recipe," writes Rita Evans of Evansville, Indiana. "This marinated salad is a snap to serve when you're rushed."
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