I partially put this salad together and take the remaining ingredients (candied nuts, seeds, rice noodles and dressing) to mix in at the potluck. Works perfectly every time. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
"Whenever I get asked to potluck parties, this salad usually gets an invitation, too," chuckles Joy Polito Young of New Bern, North Carolina. "Since it takes a little time for the flavors to meld, I sometimes toss it together a day ahead, then add the fresh peppers just before serving."
Kathy Hawkins of Gurnee, Illinois turns grilled tuna into something sensational with her zippy marinade featuring raspberry preserves and Thai chili sauce, a spicy staple in Thai cuisine. Serve on Romaine lettuce, garnish with fresh veggies and this entree is special enough for guests.
TASTY TIP: Add baked potatoes or a crusty loaf of bread and fresh fruit cups for dessert…and dinner is served!
Being from the South, I love salads, especially fruit salads. I also try to cook healthier foods, since everyone is trying to watch what they eat. I found a similar recipe to this one a few years ago and have revised it to make it a lot healthier. April Lane - Greeneville, TN
Brighten up your winter meals with this crisp and colorful salad. Tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms and red onions mingle with crunchy water chestnuts, all draped in a zesty bottled dressing. Dorothy Myrick of Kent, Washington shared this recipe.
Horseradish adds a special “kick” to this mouthwatering salad that Lesley Pew fixes at home in Lynn, Massachusetts for her family and friends. “It’s creamy, crunchy and always popular,” she promises. No one guesses that she lightens it up with low-fat sour cream and fat-free mayo!—Lesley Pew, Lynn, Massachusetts
Dill and mustard pep up the tangy dressing that coats this combination of crunchy vegetables and tender potato chunks. We try to eat healthy, and recipes like this one fit right in with our goals.
—Janis Plagerman of Lynden, Washington
Refreshing mint gives the gorgeous salad an unusual twist. It's a "must" on my brunch buffet. Even people who aren't big fruit eaters devour this colorful combination...then ask for the recipe.
—Becky Murdock of Hernando, Mississippi
Notes Janne Rowe from Wichita, Kansas, "I start this salad by poaching chicken breasts in a mixture of white wine, garlic and lemon juice. It gives them great flavor and helps keep them moist." The cubed chicken, veggies and cooked rice are tossed with a tasty homemade dressing.
I invented this refreshing fruit salad one sultry afternoon while my friends were gathered around my pool. It was quick and easy to prepare and disappeared from their plates even quicker. Even the kids loved it! —Antoinette DuBeck, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania