I got this delicious recipe from my salad-hunting sister. She's always coming up with a new recipe. This particular salad struck the whole family; it's become a standby for us all. —Anita Beachy, Bealeton, Virginia
Our family spent 15 years in Vermont, which is known for its delicious maple syrup, and that’s where I found this recipe. Maine also has beautiful maple trees, so we continue to enjoy this salad made with locally produced syrup. Combined with cream cheese, dates and walnuts, the salad complements many meals.
With its red and green ingredients, this salad is perfect for Christmas meals. Local cranberries and blue cheese make a great combination with salad greens, apples, walnuts and a simple cranberry vinaigrette. It’s a family favorite.
This always-popular salad makes use of lots of convenience items, but it’s still healthy and nutritious. I created it one Mother’s Day and received rave reviews. It’s perfect for a fancy lunch and comes together in no time flat! –Sara Dziadosz, Olathe, Kansas
This salad reflects the Caribbean culture here in South Florida. The combination of black beans, tomatoes and onions with a vinaigrette is great alongside pork or chicken. It’s perfect for picnics and convenient, too, since you can make it a day ahead.
You won’t miss the oil in this tasty dressing. People have told me it’s so good, they wonder why I haven’t marketed it! I enjoy cooking and have worked in food service, at schools and elsewhere, for most of my life.
Draped in a light vinaigrette and sprinkled with almonds, this pretty salad is a variation of a recipe that's been passed around at school and church functions and even birthday parties. Everyone wants the recipe.
-Toni Borden, Wellington, Florida
I grow lots of the ingredients needed in this recipe. Fresh-tasting and crunchy, it's a perfect summer salad. Try leaving out the chicken and mixing the veggies with the couscous for a fun side dish.
—Tari Ambler of Shorewood, Illinois