When it’s springtime in the South, cabbage is plentiful and we use it. One of our favorite recipes is this combo of Asian slaw and barbecue chicken. Plus, it's easy to halve or double the servings as needed. —Paula Todora, Fort Worth, Texas
We wanted something cool for lunch one summer day, so I tossed together whatever I had in the refrigerator. This wonderful salad was the result. Guests enjoy the sweet grapes, tender chicken and crunchy almonds...and the always ask for the recipe.
In the summer, I make a big batch of these delicious slushy fruit cups and store them in the freezer. They make great snacks and are wonderful to have on hand when friends stop by. We also like them with blueberries, raspberries, muskmelon and cherries.
My sister-in-law introduced me to this colorful salad with a delicious homemade dressing. I reduced the oil and salt and switched to light soy sauce. Sometimes I substitute toasted sesame seeds for the nuts.
-Renee Heimerl of Oakfield, Wisconsin
I help teach a healthy lifestyles program and often share this recipe. Instead of mandarin oranges you can add fresh chopped oranges...or replace the peas with diced cucumber or green pepper.
-Debbie Anderson of Hillsdale, Michigan
Not only is this change-of-pace salad good served cold, but it is absolutely fantastic when it's warmed a tad. The recipe came from my daughter, who likes to use lime juice and lime peel for a unique flair.
-Angela Accorinti of Okeana, Ohio
Some people call me the "Queen of Wheat" because I'm always telling them how to use it in creative ways. This tasty salad was a hit with my family. I often add cooked chicken or seafood to turn it into a main dish.
-Brenda Tew of Shelley, Idaho
This lovely salad adds a special touch to any meal. The juicy pear slices, toasted pecans and mixed greens are coated in tangy vinaigrette dressing that's a pleasant complement to a sweet and crunchy combination.
When my husband and I were invited to a barbecue, I threw together this broccoli salad. I tossed in whatever I had in the fridge, and the crunchy colorful combination that resulted was a hit. It is a nice change from lettuce salads.