This refreshing salad is excellent for a summer cookout. Since you mix it ahead, the flavors have time to blend and there's no last minute fussing. My friends ask me to bing it every time we get together for a meal.
—Teresa Fischer, Munster, Indiana
Chock-full of color and crunch, this salad is the cherished family recipe of 85-year-old Opal Shipman in Levelland, Texas. “It always goes over real well with all ages,“ Opal says, “and it's a good way to get kids to eat squash.“ OPAL'S TIP. “When fixing this salad for myself or other seniors who are also diabetic, I simply substitute my sweetener for the sugar.“
Pasta provides a base for this tongue-tingling make-ahead salad. It has lots of fresh and satisfying ingredients topped with a flavorful dressing. It's terrific to serve to company or take to a potluck.
— Joyce McLennan, Algonac, Michigan
"We're always looking for ways to use our garden produce in the summer, and this salad is great because you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand. You'll love the dill dressing,."—Mari Roseberry, Dunning, Nebraska
This light, multicolored salad is an original. When I serve it at potlucks, I', always asked for the recipe. It's also a standby for the "snowbirds" who gather with us in Arizona each winter. —Kathy Crow, Cordova, Alaska
I always like to bring this healthy option to parties and potlucks, and people seem to really appreciate that. No oil is necessary for this salad: the lemon juice combines with the feta to lightly coat the bright, fresh ingredients. —Camille Parker, Chicago, Illinois
A fun combination of good-for-you ingredients makes up Zucchini Bean Salad from Carol Waugh of Bellingham, Washington. It's fresh-tasting and tangy, thanks to the light coating of vinaigrette. You can make this salad ahead and chill for a few hours before serving.