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.
"I created this salad one weekend to take to a friend's house, and everybody loved it," notes Debbie Graber of Eureka, Nevada. "It's become a much-requested favorite at gatherings." TIP: "Dice up some reduced-fat pepperoni and add it to the salad," recommends Debbie.
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 was getting ready to prepare a Caesar salad with chicken strips when I discovered I didn't have enough chicken breasts in the freezer," explains the Lake Zurich, Illinois cook. "So, I substituted frozen chicken nuggets.
"My family was delighted with the results, "Martha notes. "So I substituted frozen chicken nuggets.
"My family was delighted with the results," Martha notes. "In fact, my husband enjoyed three generous helpings!"
A tart lemon-pepper dressing accents this colorful vegetable combination. Mom doesn’t always add the asparagus spears, but I think the steamed stalks make it twice as good.—Emma Rea, Columbia, South Carolina
Served warm, this satisfying salad combines pasta, chicken, lettuce, mandarin oranges and romaine and is tossed with a slightly tart dressing. From Coos Bay, Oregon, Diane Conrad comments, "My daughter-in-law gave me a basic dressing recipe, and I adapted it to suit our tastes."
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