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
"I adapted this great-tasting wholesome salad from another recipe," notes Marge Chapko from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. "I serve it to family , friends and even people who don't like barley#151;and they end up asking for the recipe. I sometimes turn it into a main dish by adding leftover meat."
Lime lovers will really appreciate this snappy dressing. The touch of orange in this crisp salad adds a colorful bit of refreshment. What a great way to get a healthy vitamin A and C punch for the day. Edna Lee - Greeley, Colorado
For even more flavor, mix field greens and crisp, crumbled bacon into this appealing veggie salad. Or whisk a tablespoon of honey into the dressing. Guests will love it! —Laura McAllister, Morganton, North Carolina
"If you're tired of the same old green salads, try this medley I cam up with after tasting something similar at a restaurant," suggests Kristen Zayon of Anchorage, Alaska. Tip: "It makes a wonderful meal paired with grilled chicken and steamed rice," Kristen says.
Not only is her salad's fresh flavor great—making it is a lot like putting in a garden, tells subscriber Patty Kile of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. "That's because I 'plant' everything in nice,neat sections," she explains, "just like I do in my vegetable garden."