Salad

Everyone remembers a special salad that showed up at family gatherings year after year. Maybe in your family, it was a classic Waldorf studded with celery and crunchy apples, or a bowl full of iceberg lettuce drizzled with blue cheese - or perhaps an eccentric aunt always brought a Jell-O mold studded with pineapple and cottage cheese. Salads are an integral part of most meals. Fresh veggies and crisp greens provide balance to rich foods like mac and cheese, while creamy mayonnaise-based salads and slaws give great contrast to roasted and barbecued meats. Lunchtime calls out for some of your favorite salad recipes: potato salad, chicken salad, pasta salad, macaroni salad, egg salad - wouldn't your life be bleak without them? Consider learning to make your own salad dressings instead of defaulting to store-bought bottles - it's not only cheaper, but much more flavorful. Most, including basic vinaigrette, take only minutes to put together.

Spring Chicken Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, this easy chicken salad is so delicious your family won't realize how good it is for them.

Total: 35 mins

Light 'N' Tangy Asian Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

This salad bowl special, complete with chicken, toasted ramen noodles, and peanuts, is a meal in itself.

Zesty Three-Bean Salad

Midwest Living

Sweet soybeans, kidney beans, and garbanzo beans combine to make this tasty salad recipe that's perfect for your next potluck.

Red Hot Pepper Vinaigrette

Diabetic Living

Spinach-Apricot Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Make this side dish salad into a main dish or low calorie lunch by adding grilled chicken.

Total: 20 mins

Bacon Salad Dressing

Diabetic Living
Total: 15 mins

Fruity Pasta Salad

Midwest Living

Save last-minute preparation time by hulling and quartering the strawberries ahead; store them in a separate container. For the salad, choose a white or clear poppy seed dressing to show off fresh colors.

Green Apple Slaw

Diabetic Living

Chicken and Nectarine Salad

Diabetic Living

Caribbean Couscous Salad

Diabetic Living

Asian Coleslaw

Diabetic Living

Skip the mayonnaise base and swap in a light sesame ginger salad dressing instead.

Sesame Chicken Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

For this European-style main dish salad recipe, mix strips of cooked chicken, crisp radishes, baby corn, and green onions. Toss with a dressing of sesame oil, rice vinegar, and sesame seeds.

Total: 20 mins
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