Living in California, the “salad bowl” of the United States, I’m inspired to cook nutritious meals like cioppino. Whenever my friends and I get together, it's the main request. —Cleo Gonske, Redding, California
Tiny shrimp make this salad something special. Layered with romaine, green pepper, onion, peas, cheese and crumbled bacon, this pretty salad never lasts long when my mom makes it.
-Jacinta Ransom, South Haven, Michigan
I first tried a salad very similar to this when visiting a friend in Florida. When I returned, I was determined to create the same refreshing combination at home. The secret is the coconut-milk marinade—makes the shrimp incredibly tender and flavorful. —Sarah Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire
One of our favorite Korean dishes has always been a Korean Cold Sesame Noodles that my Mom made for us. It was supposed to be served at room temperature, but I like it warm. The shrimp-noodle salad recipe was a result of memories of my Mom's Korean background, and my love of fresh vegetables, packed full of flavor. The gochujang (hot chili paste) is a more savory kind of heat, that really blends beautifully with sesame, soy sauce and garlic. —Karen Bowlden, Boise, Idaho
Field editor Traci Wynne writes from Denver, Pennsylvania, “I adore shrimp, so to have it sneak into a pasta salad is a real treat for me. The combination of lemon-dill sauce over chilled pasta is a refreshing taste in the hot summer.”
"I served this satisfying pasta salad to a group of hospital volunteers who were quick with compliments. It’s brimming with shrimp and imitation crab and accented with dill," shares Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia.