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Main Dish Salad Recipes

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Salads are the meal of choice when our Texas temperatures hover in the 90s. In this one, I use locally grown strawberries, fresh greens and chicken strips. It makes a light and colorful lunch on a hot summer day.
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Northwest Salmon Salad

Northwest Salmon Salad

Northwest Salmon Salad

I love that I can use my favorite Northwest ingredients—fresh salmon, blueberries and hazelnuts—all in one recipe. The salmon and sour cream dressing are just as scrumptious in a sandwich. —Davis Clevenger, Dexter, Oregon

Creamy Cashew Chicken Salad

Creamy Cashew Chicken Salad

Creamy Cashew Chicken Salad

Served on a bed of garden greens or on a croissant, this all-time favorite salad is loaded with chicken and cashew. The nuts add a pleasant crunch and make it company-special. I thought of the recipe immediately when planning my garden theme luncheon. —Sara Laker Loda, Illinois

Cantaloupe Chicken Salad for Two

Cantaloupe Chicken Salad for Two

Cantaloupe Chicken Salad for Two

“I found this recipe several years ago, and my son and I enjoy it often. It’s just right for a cool-me-down lunch.” Ginger Sullivan - Cutler Bay, FL
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Tropical Fusion Salad with Spicy Tortilla Ribbons

Tropical Fusion Salad with Spicy Tortilla Ribbons

Tropical Fusion Salad with Spicy Tortilla Ribbons

Fresh fruits and veggies pair up for a fantastic summer salad that's savory, sweet and spicy all at once. Make the tortilla strips with your pizza cutter—so easy! —Jennifer Fisher, Austin, Texas

Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad

You'll find this salad makes a nice addition to any brunch buffet. The robust Caesar dressing adds some "zest" to the mild flavors of chicken and vegetables.

Tater Tot Taco Salad

Tater Tot Taco Salad

Tater Tot Taco Salad

"Since I love potatoes and my husband and I both enjoy the flavor of tacos, this fun dish is a tasty meal-in-one for the two of us," comments Eleanor Mielke (left with her husband, Tom) of Mitchell, South Dakota. "It's not as messy as eating tacos...and the recipe can easily be doubled."

Tuna-Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Tuna-Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Tuna-Stuffed Jumbo Shells

These light, fresh-tasting stuffed shells really star as part of a luncheon menu. I came up with this distinctive combination of ingredients by accident one day using leftovers from other recipes. It's a cool summer main dish. — Phy Bresse, Lumberton, North Carolina

Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

I’ve tried many chicken salad recipes over the years, but this is my very favorite. It’s fresh, fruity and refreshing, and the cashews add wonderful crunch. Every time I serve it at a potluck or picnic, I get rave reviews…and always come home with an empty bowl! —Kara Cook, Elk Ridge, Utah

Deli-Style Italian Pasta Salad

Deli-Style Italian Pasta Salad

Deli-Style Italian Pasta Salad

When I'm having weekend guests, I make this salad the day before they arrive. The flavors blend wonderfully when it is chilled overnight, and it keeps well for several days. It's also a great dish to take along to a picnic or potluck. -Jill Evely, Wilmore, Kentucky

Chicken Chopped Salad

Chicken Chopped Salad

Chicken Chopped Salad

Lime dressing gives lively flavor to this crunchy salad tossed with peaches, peppers and peanuts. The unusual combination is a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey and packs well for lunches or picnics. It's also terrific with the addition of grapefruit sections or pineapple tidbits. -Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

Glazed Salmon Salad

Glazed Salmon Salad

Glazed Salmon Salad

Honey and smoked paprika lend delightful flavors and a bright color to this beautiful dish. It’s special feeling, but quick enough for weeknights, too. —Elizabeth Dehart, West Jordan, Utah
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