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
My mother came up with this lovely salad when she lived in Anchorage, Alaska, and I modified it to make it lower in fat. Instead of buying small shrimp and chopping them, I often use salad shrimp.
—Adrienne Barbe of Litchfield, Connecticut
“I lived in Venezuela for several years, so this Caribbean-style salad is a favorite of mine,” says Rosemarie Forcum, a field editor from White Stone, Virginia. “I came across the recipe about 10 years ago and changed it to suit my taste.”
Start any meal with Avocado Shrimp Salad from Patricia Collins of Imbler, Oregon. Patricia made a delightful cilantro-lime dressing that lightly coats the romaine, avocado and shrimp. The tart dressing has a bit of a jalapeno kick, but feel free to cut back on the peppers, if necessary.
I enjoy cold pasta salads and rice salads, so I decided to make one with orzo, a rice-shaped pasta. Feel free to add other favorite veggies—like asparagus and green beans—and serve with rolls or pita bread.—Valonda Seward, Coarsegold, California
Here's a deliciously different salad that blends grilled shrimp, a lean source of protein, with the low-calorie crunch of cucumber and onion. It's tossed and dressed with Thai flavors of sesame, cilantro, lime and refreshing mint.
Annette Traverso - San Rafael, California
For a delicious change of pace, try this zesty shrimp mixture spooned over fresh salad greens. The blend of herbs provides plenty of zippy flavor. Serve it with thick slices of Italian or garlic bread for an easy supper.
-Judith LaBrozzi, Canton, Ohio
“My husband and I and our six children—and now their spouses—are seafood lovers, and this combination of ingredients never fails to get “wows.” It’s great for summer picnics accompanied by a fresh baguette,” says Maryalice Wood of Langley, British Columbia.
This summery medley of spicy shrimp, fresh asparagus and pasta is subtly splashed with lemon. It adds a touch of elegance to any outdoor gathering or luncheon. If you make it ahead, add the basil just before serving. Serve with frosty glasses of iced tea. --Laureen Pittman, Riverside, California
"I prepared a similar version of this seafood salad years ago for my daughter's graduation," notes Mary Ann Berquam from her home in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. "Since then, I've substituted low-fat ingredients, and I still get many requests for the recipe."