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.
Loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, this easy chicken salad is so delicious your family won't realize how good it is for them.
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.
Skip the mayonnaise base and swap in a light sesame ginger salad dressing instead.
Marsala wine, an Italian fortified wine, has a higher alcohol content than most wine. Much of the alcohol cooks off in this quick and easy dish, but the flavor remains.
This main-dish chicken, pecan and bacon salad makes a spectacular dinner to serve guests, especially when it's topped with the bright orange mango dressing.
This fresh side salad recipe, perfect for a potluck or cookout, uses lots of basil. Make it when basil is in full supply, in the garden or at the market, during the height of summer.
Homemade dressing is super easy and super delicious. Sweet peppers add crunch to this classic dressing.
Bok choy, a Chinese cabbage, has a mild flavor and substantial crunch. It substitutes for celery in this fresh apple salad recipe.
Heap the chicken in a bowl or put it in a flavored tortilla. Kids will love the tropical twist to this 10-minute meal.
Use slightly firm pears for this recipe. The fruit should give a little under thumb pressure and be juicy when you cut into them.
Mixed nuts and peanut brittle turn a basic chicken salad into a flavor feast. Pile it onto flatbread for an open-faced sandwich for lunch or picnics.