During my undergrad years, my roommate taught me how to cook vegetarian dishes like brown rice with pintos. It's so versatile; you can turn it into a wrap or casserole. —Natalie Van Apeldoorn, Vancouver, BC
"Nothing could be easier than stirring up this refreshing salad," confides Ruth Andrewson of Leavenworth, Washington. "The tangy honey mustard salad dressing is a wonderful complement to the different fruit flavors."
"The light dressing Craig Miller serves over his crunchy combination of colorful salad fixings contains just a hint of sweetness. "I like to make the dressing ahead to let the flavors blend," remarks the Torrance, California cook.
"While the meat is browning, I chop the vegetables for both the sandwich and the Easy Veggie Salad," she says. "If I'm especially short on time, I'll buy sliced vegetables from the salad bar at the grocery store.
"The light, flavorful dressing whisks together in a snap and tastes better than bottled dressing. Since this recipe makes a lot, we can enjoy the salad the next day, too.
In Skellytown, Texas, Jennifer Harris perks up her fresh-tasting tuna salad with flavorful salsa. Bright corn and green pepper add pretty color to the mixture. Served on a bed of lettuce, it makes a great light lunch.
From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Jane Viliky shares this wonderfully versatile dressing that's a snap to whisk together. "It adds refreshing flavor when drizzled over a seasonal fruit assortment," she reports. "And it's equally tasty if you serve it over lettuce or spinach."
This tart and tasty salad goes so wonderfully with lots of different meals. Folks will think you slaved over it, but with less than five ingredients, preparation takes only minutes! Crunchy walnuts, celery and apples are special way to dress up canned sauce. —Lucille Foster
"This colorful confetti salad was served at my youngest son's summer wedding reception," writes Linda Dow of Bradford, Pennsylvania. "The hearty blend soaks up refreshing flavor from easy bottled dressing and tastes even better when it's made ahead of time and chilled overnight."
"For as long as I can remember, I've eaten this pretty salad in the summer when fresh tomatoes are so good," recalls Carla Browning of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. "Brimming with a crunchy filling, it makes a wonderful light lunch or can replace a green salad at dinner."