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
No one will guess this eye-appealing cashew salad from Amy Balenzano of Spokane, Washington comes together in minutes. The homemade dressing with a hint of ginger gives it so much flavor, they’ll think you spent all day in the kitchen.
Nancy MacLeod of Boynton Beach, Florida turns garden-fresh tomatoes into a sensational summer meal when she fills them with this creamy chicken salad. “I came up with this recipe when I had a lot of fresh tomatoes on hand,” she relates.
“It’s great for lunch or dinner with a side salad and some crusty bread.”
With juicy tomatoes, feta cheese, onions and olives slightly marinated in a red wine vinaigrette, this light and refreshing salad is just right for those hot spring and summer days. —Jill Bowers, Huntington, Indiana
“I first tasted this delightfully different salad several years ago at a pool party and begged the hostess for the recipe,“ recalls Joan Hallford of North Richland Hills, Texas. “Since then, I’ve served it many times and have always gotten rave reviews.“
This salad is a favorite of my three sons. I took it to a luncheon honoring our school district’s food service manager, and she asked for the recipe. I like to make the dressing the day before so the flavors blend together. —Linda Ashley, Leesburg, Georgia
“My family always asks for and enjoys this salad when we have special gatherings,“ shares Patricia Mallon from Yakima, Washington. “It also works great for potlucks since it's so quick and easy to prepare.“ TIP: To turn the Veggie Tortellini Salad into an easy stand-alone meal mainstay, try adding grilled chicken strips, pepperoni or Italian salami. Serve with slices of crusty bread and iced sun tea.