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    Hummus Pasta Salad

    This hummus pasta salad is a hearty side dish, but it could be a nice meatless main dish as well. Add the dressing while the pasta is still warm to allow the pasta to absorb some of the dressing. —Michelle Morrow, Newmarket, New Hampshire

    Russian Potato Salad

    1 review

    This Russian potato salad recipe comes from my grandmother, who had written it down in Russian before she translated it...


    Confetti Macaroni Salad

    The bits of bright red and green in this easy macaroni salad remind me of fun confetti. The inspiration for...


    Cheesy Bruschetta Spread

    6 reviews

    Every bite of this cheesy dip delivers tons of flavor. I have been asked over and over again for the...


    Berry Brunch Strata

    I wanted a simple way to use strawberries and blueberries in a breakfast recipe, so I created this strata. It's...

    Minty Picnic Potato Salad

    1 review

    What would a picnic be without potato salad? In this recipe, mint adds a tasty twist on the traditional. Because...


    Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad

    4 reviews

    My family has been fixing grilled mixed vegetables as a side dish for a long time. To make them more...

    Corn ‘n’ Black Bean Salsa

    23 reviews

    I'm a high school football coach who also likes to cook and garden. This black bean and corn salsa is...


    Berry Cheesecake Muffins

    17 reviews

    I adapted this recipe over the years for my family, and they think it’s wonderful. Not only are the muffins...


    Summer Macaroni Salad

    24 reviews

    When we grill, my mother asks me to make this summer pasta salad. To make it extra creamy, I like...


    Hot Pizza Dip

    8 reviews

    You can assemble this effortless appetizer in a jiffy. The pizza-flavored dip goes very fast, so you may want to...

    Bruschetta Melts

    3 reviews

    I made this awesome bruschetta for my daughter’s baby shower, but I should've planned for more. We ran out right...


    Basil Grilled Corn on the Cob

    2 reviews

    Corn on the cob is a comforting and cherished Midwest dish. It's amazing when grilled, and my recipe adds a...


    Dilly Veggie Pizza

    6 reviews

    Always popular at special events and a cinch to prep, this is one of my favorite ways to use leftover...


    Green Bean-Cherry Tomato Salad

    1 review

    My grandmother made a cold green bean salad with potatoes for every family barbecue. Now I bring my own version...


    Easy Pasta Salad for a Crowd

    5 reviews

    Spinach, peppers and onions mingle with tangy feta cheese in this simple pasta salad. Feel free to make it ahead...

    Red Potato Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette

    2 reviews

    At our house, a red potato salad with red onion, Greek olives and lemony vinaigrette is a zippy improvement on...


    German Coleslaw

    5 reviews

    This recipe has been handed down through generations of German families in northern Idaho. Everyone around here makes it. It's...


    Spectacular Overnight Slaw

    28 reviews

    To come up with this dish, I used a number of different recipes, plus some ideas of my own. It's...


    Olive Potato Salad

    My mother shared this recipe with me at my bridal shower more than 45 years ago.
    —Margaret Matson, Metamora,...


    Campfire S’mores Snack Mix

    Two crowd-pleasers, party mix and s’mores, become a sensation when you combine them. No campfire necessary —you can make this...


    Roasted Vegetable Salad

    6 reviews

    For even more flavor, mix field greens and crisp, crumbled bacon into this appealing veggie salad. Or whisk a tablespoon...


    Summer Orzo

    2 reviews

    I’m always looking for fun ways to use the fresh veggies that come in my Community Supported Agriculture box, and...


    Cashew Green Beans and Mushrooms

    1 review

    Savory and earthy, this simple green bean side dish couldn't be easier to prepare, and the cashews make it seem...

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    Lemon Mushroom Orzo

    Sometimes I serve this side dish chilled and other times we enjoy it hot.
    It has a pleasant tinge...


    Strawberries with Chocolate Cream Filling

    12 reviews

    Just a sweet little something to top off any meal and make it special. These party-pretty bites are as easy...


    Provencal Bean Salad

    1 review

    Lightly coated in reduced-fat tarragon mayonnaise, this refreshing three-bean salad perks up summer meals. Every bite bursts with flavor. —Suzanne...


    Sour Cream Potato Salad

    4 reviews

    Italian dressing and horseradish make this creamy potato salad different from most, plus those ingredients really add some zip! It’s...


    Honey-Mustard Potato Salad

    4 reviews

    Whenever there is a picnic or cookout, I am asked to bring my potato salad. It’s tangy and a little...


    Butterscotch Fruit Dip

    If you like the sweetness of butterscotch chips, you'll enjoy this warm rum-flavored fruit dip. I serve it with apple...