When you need a toss-together pasta dish, this is just the ticket. Tart marinated artichokes enhance the tomatoes. The sauce is so flavorful, no one will miss the meat.—Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York
Baby spinach, mandarin oranges and avocado are teamed in this refreshing springtime salad from Margaret O'Bryon of Bel Air, Maryland. You can also substitute fresh orange slices for the mandarin oranges.
Fresh ginger, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil provide a nice blend of flavors in this Asian-inspired recipe for fresh sugar snap peas. This quick-to-cook recipe will complement most any spring entree be it ham, lamb, chicken or fish. Best of all, it's easy to double for large crowds.
The light green, fresh-tasting dressing is the perfect accompaniment for steamed artichokes. CW's test kitchen staff liked the dip so much, they suggested making a double batch and thinning it down with a little milk to use as a regular salad dressing.
Do you like asparagus, but want something beyond plain, steamed asparagus? Try this refreshing new salad idea from Laurie Jackson of Falcon, Colorado. The black beans, red pepper, cilantro and cumin give it a Southwest twist. Laurie likes to serve this salad with chicken or cheese enchiladas, as well as take it to potlucks.
What’s a family gathering or summer potluck supper without at least one pasta salad? This mouthwatering meal mainstay from Karen Hentges of Bakersfield, California can be served hot or cold. “It’s great freshly made or for several days after.“—Karen Hentges, Bakersfield, California
This colorful entree from Helen Phillips of Horseheads, New York has a lot going for it. It has afresh-from-the-garden taste, it's filling, but not overly high in calories and you can make it ahead of time. Good enough for company, too.k
Whether it's health or taste you're after, it doesn't get any better than this --bulgur, beans, tomatoes pine nuts and olive oil team up in this vegetarian main dish salad. CW's food editor, Wendy Stenman, created this just for The Healthy Kitchen.
Here's an easy dip perfect for your nutrition-conscious guests. The pineapple in the salsa makes for a nice, smooth flavor profile. Beverly Smith from Ferndale, Washington serves this with low fat chips or fresh veggies.