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12 Summertime Salads

These salads are fresh, delicious and gorgeous enough to brighten up a picnic table all by themselves.

Herb-Lovers' Salad

Herb specialist Rosemary Divock of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, tosses edible flowers and greens with a homemade vinaigrette, then adds snipped fresh tarragon, marjoram and chives. "The nice thing about making your own dressing is having some fresh-from-your-garden flavor," she says.

Herb-Lovers' Salad

Coleslaw with Creamy Salsa Dressing

Add corn, tomatoes, sweet pepper and salsa to shredded cabbage for a Mexican-inspired coleslaw variation.

Coleslaw with Creamy Salsa Dressing

Surdyk's Greek Orzo Salad

Greek purple-black kalamata olives and feta cheese blend with rice-shaped orzo pasta for this salad at Surdyk's Cheese Shop. The full-flavored dish holds its own at a barbecue with grilled meat.

Surdyk's Greek Orzo Salad

Midwest-Style Cobb Salad

Credit for the original Cobb salad goes to Bob Cobb at his Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles back in the 1920s. We gave it a Heartland twist, with steak instead of chicken. Maytag blue cheese stands in for Roquefort. Use cantaloupe for the avocado, if you like.

Midwest-Style Cobb Salad

Deep-Dish Salad Pizza

This is one yummy and surprising salad in a pizza. We used purchased puff pastry to form the crust that's finished with meat, veggies, cheese and sorrel greens or spinach. Throw it all in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese and wilt the greens.

Deep-Dish Salad Pizza

Garden Slaw with Spicy Asian Dressing

Crisp and crunchy, this side-dish salad can be paired with burgers or spooned inside a wrap sandwich. Turn the slaw into a main dish by tossing in shredded chicken or chopped cooked ham.

Garden Slaw with Spicy Asian Dressing

Tuna/Pasta Bliss

Fun three-color pasta, cubed cheese, albacore tuna, roasted sweet red peppers and more blend for a pasta salad with a summer freshness from the basil and Romaine. We sprinkled the salad with cashews for crunch.

Tuna/Pasta Bliss

White-on-White Pears with Gorgonzola

You can't go wrong mixing tangy cheese with juicy, fresh pears. Add sprinkling of toasted pine nuts and a splash of olive oil with red wine vinegar, and it's divine. ToSa Euro Cafe in Indianapolis shared this recipe.

White-on-White Pears with Gorgonzola

Pommery Chicken Salad

This version of chicken salad made with two styles of mustard (Pommery and Dijon) gets its crunch from celery and pine nuts. We like the main-dish salad on croissants or slices of sourdough.

Pommery Chicken Salad

BLT Salad

We took a summertime staple (a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich) and made it a main-dish salad. Creamy mustard dressing makes the perfect topping.

BLT Salad

Honey of a Fruit Salad

We added a whole new flavor to fruit salad by sneaking some chili powder into the honey-papaya dressing. If you're not quite ready for that kind of adventure, omit the chili powder from the honey/lime/papaya dressing.

Honey of a Fruit Salad

Herb-Lovers' Salad

Herb specialist Rosemary Divock of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, tosses edible flowers and greens with a homemade vinaigrette, then adds snipped fresh tarragon, marjoram and chives. "The nice thing about making your own dressing is having some fresh-from-your-garden flavor," she says.

Herb-Lovers' Salad

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