"The recipe came from a neighbor who invited us for lunch after church," Kathy recalls.
"I bring it to potlucks and family get-togethers. It's very versatile. You can substitute lettuce for the cabbage and add almost any fruit. Almonds, peanuts or sunflower kernels can be used in place of the pecans," she adds.
"After working all week, my husband and I like to spend a lot of time with our two kids on weekends," says Linda Emily Dow of Princeton Junction, New Jersey. "That's when this recipe comes in handy. We marinate the meat in the fridge overnight, then grill it quickly for a fast, filling meal."
Santa himself might find it hard to resist this hearty, colorful chicken salad packed with veggies, pasta and flavor. Our Test Kitchen added just the right touch of heat to warm and welcome friends and family in from the cold!
TIP: This versatile recipe can be varied for all seasons of the year by adding hard-cooked eggs, different meats, such as turkey, ham, tuna or shrimp…even by changing the nuts and vegetables to whatever you have on hand!
"This refreshing medley is a good way to get broccoli into your meals," notes Bea Ramirez of Kansas City, Kansas. Just three simple ingredients create the tangy-sweet dressing that coats this crunchy combination.
"The area we live in grows lots of cranberries, and we really like them," comments Barbara Taylor of Ocean Park, Washington. Her tasty gelatin salad has lovely orange and apple flavors that accent the tart cranberry sauce.
I jazz up zucchini, yellow squash and tomato with cheese and seasonings. The no-fuss skillet side dish is perfect for using summer's bounty. Plus, the veggies are great alongside grilled chicken, fish and most other warm-weather fare.—Chris Schmidt, Clarksville, Tennessee
In Washington Court House, Ohio, Clara Coulston stirs sweetened walnuts into this colorful salad that includes oranges, grapes and strawberries. "It's easy to remove the skin from the kiwifruit with a vegetable peeler," she suggests."I also use a mango instead of a peach when available."