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
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
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.
"Tomato Zucchini Salad is a crisp, colorful salad tossed with a delicious Dijon-tarragon vinaigrette," notes Suzanne Kesel of Cohocton, New York. "Try it in summer, too, when you can use fresh items from your garden."