Meet the Cook: Every time I take this sweet orangy salad to a potluck, I pass around the recipe, too. My husband and I have three children, ages 22, 18 and 10. He's a beef and poultry farmer, and I'm an elementary school teacher.
-Cathy Lavers, Scotsburn, Nova Scotia
I'm always watching for delicious new recipes to try, and when I found this salad, I knew it would taste as good as it looks. Although similar to a traditional taco salad, this recipe adds tasty extras like broccoli and carrot. It's stunning on the table.
-Dianne Esposite, New Middletown, Ohio
People can't resist digging into a salad made with colorful summer fruits. The unique dressing is what makes this salad a crowd-pleaser. I get compliments whenever I serve it, especially when I put it on the table in a melon boat. It's a warm-weather treat.
-Terry Saylor, Vermillion, South Dakota
For a beautiful salad with an unbeatable combination of flavors, you can't miss with this recipe. We love the mellow avocado together with sweet mandarin oranges and crisp cucumber. The tangy dressing makes this dish special. It's a great summertime salad to serve with grilled meat.
-Latressa Allen, Fort Worth, Texas
The first time I made this salad it was with two others for a Fourth of July party years ago. This one disappeared long before the other two! It's great for feeding a hungry crowd. At our house, there's never any left over. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
-Judy Barbato, N. Easton, Massachusetts
My daughter gave me the recipe for this hearty, zippy salad. I've used it many times and received compliments. When it comes to bean salad, most people think of the sweet three-bean variety, so this is a nice surprise.
- Lila Jean Allen, Portland, Oregon
As pork producers, we're proud to cook and serve the delicious product we raise. This tempting salad is refreshing and colorful. It's a succulent showcase for pork. I know your family will enjoy it as much as we do.
-Sue Cunningham, Prospect, Ohio
To come up with this dish, I used a number of different recipes, plus some ideas of my own. It's great for a potluck because it's made the night before and the flavor keeps getting better. Whenever I serve it, I'm inundated with recipe requests. —Ruth Lovett, Bay City, Texas
This refreshing salad is my most requested recipe. A touch of cinnamon makes it taste like fresh peach pie. My father-in-law is an especially big fan of this fruity salad, and I know you'll love it, too.
-Karen Hamilton, Ludington, Michigan
A few years back, I found this easy, light salad recipe and made it for a picnic for my boyfriend and myself. Now that guy is my husband, and we still enjoy going on picnics and dining on this satisfying salad.
I make this salad for all occasions—it goes well with any kind of meat. I often take this salad to potlucks, and there's never any leftover. The celery, carrots and dry mustard are a special touch not usually found in traditional German potato salad. —Betty Perkins, Hot Springs, Arkansas
I do some catering, so I'm always looking for good new recipes. I love to take this deliciously different potato salad to potlucks and cookouts. Even folks who are reluctant to try it at first come back for more!
—Marlyn Woods, Lakeland, Florida