I figured citrus soda would give my ordinary melon cup sparkle. To keep dessert on the lighter side, I added a dollop of yogurt. Take advantage of seasonal fruits and add strawberries, watermelon and blueberries to the dessert.—Janet Twigg, Campbellford, Ontario
Packed with zest, this raisin salad from Marshfield, Missouri reader Bernice Morris is a lively addition to a country meal. "It's easy to prepare and good for you, too. The walnuts and broccoli add lots of crunch," she notes.
You can pep up all sorts of events with the pretty salad Jennifer Mottashed of Simcoe, Ontario shares. "It's easy on the cook, too," she notes. Not only is it ideal for mixing up ahead of time, it can be size right for any gathering.
My salad dressing calls for on-hand ingredients and complements any king of greens—from pre-bagged salad to fresh lettuce from our garden. What's more, it stays tasty for several days in the refrigerator.—Karalee Reinke, Omaha, Nebraska
A great way to use lentils is in this satisfying salad. Besides the combination of textures, the tasty ingredients blend well with the creamy dressing. It merited a blue ribbon and praise from all the tasters at our church fair.
Meet the Cook: Back in the 1950's, I was a home economist for the electric company, which is how I came across this recipe. During spring and summer, when it is hot here, my family especially likes it. (My husband and I have two children and a pair of granddaughters, all grown.)
I've also found this chicken salad is good for women's luncheons and covered-plate meals since it's so different.
-Johnece Stuard, Mansfield, Texas
All of my favorite salads are topped off with this homemade dressing. I use this sweet poppy seed concoction to drizzle over fruit salads with strawberries, grapes, oranges and bananas...or over spinach and toasted pecans.
"Everybunny" at your Easter meal's bound to love this smooth medley—take it from Gail Kuntz. "I have to admit, anything containing cream cheese is automatically a winner with me," the Dillon, Montana cook laughingly confides. "With that ingredient plus tangy oranges, gelatin and fluffy marshmallows, this salad is always a hit with others who try it, too."