From-scratch French-style dressing is a bold topping that suits the hearty ingredients in this salad. When I make it to share at a get-together, I never have any left over. I take the salad and dressing in disposable containers and come home happily empty-handed.
-Myra Innes, Auburn, Kansas
"I came up with my hearty main-course salad to take to picnics instead of lugging along a grill. It's perfect for potlucks, too," reveals Pat Briggs from Sarasota, Florida. "Feel free to substitute other meats for the steak, such as leftover roast beef, grilled pork or chicken.
My Italian grandma grew all of her produce in her backyard garden, so many of her recipes made good use of her bountiful fresh vegetables. This salad is refreshing with any main course and one of our favorites because of the flavors of my Italian heritage.
-Rosalie Rizzolo-Wright, San Jose, California
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
The tangy dressing for this refreshing salad has the right sweet-tart balance to suit my taste—and others who try it agree! Orange sections are a pretty contrast to the greens, and the bacon adds a crisp accent.
Oswego, New York
"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."