We take classic panzanella ingredients like ripe tomatoes, peppers and olives and toss them with hot noodles for a hearty pasta dish. My kids especially like the crunchy croutons. —Ashley Pierce, Brantford, Ontario
It’s hard to believe that tossing a few pantry ingredients with summer’s fresh best can yield such a lovely salad. Pair it with grilled lemon chicken for a light lunch. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
From Heriot Bay, British Columbia, Lynn Gamache shares this delightful chilled salad. "It's great for picnics," she notes. "It can be prepared a day early and goes well with most main dishes. Add cooked shrimp or cheese cubes for a simple one-dish meal."
This chilled pasta salad is pleasing to the eye and the palate. Susan Branch likes to serve it when sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini are in season around her Kalamazoo, Michigan home. Her make-ahead favorite is lightly dressed with tarragon vinegar, olive oil and dill week.
"This refreshing summer salad, chock-full of ham and shrimp, is almost a complete meal in itself," says Andrea Bolden from Unionville, Tennessee. "Served with freshly baked bread and a fruit dessert, it's a great lunch."