Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest Winners and Finalists―Salads and Sides
See the top recipes from past contests, and learn how to enter yours.
November 02, 2008
1 of 13Becky Luigart-Stayner
2009 Category Winner: Fresh Mediterranean Salad
"The key to enjoying food is to slow down, take a sip of wine, linger. As an artist, I think presentation is just as important as taste. I like to take the time to plate things nicely―if the salad looks beautiful, it just tastes better." ―Michele Zanta, Plantation, Fla.
2 of 13Becky Luigart-Stayner
2008 Category Winner: Braised Baby Artichokes
"I simply love the taste of this unique little vegetable. The recipe has a bit of lemony tang, and I opt for a Vidalia onion to complement that flavor. The easy preparation ensures that the dish comes out the same every time you make it. " ―Nikki LoRé, Rochester, NY
3 of 13Becky Luigart-Stayner
2008 Finalist: Monday Morning Potato Rolls and Bread
“I make a fairly traditional Sunday meal of chicken and potatoes for my family. I hated to see the leftovers go to waste, so I used the mashed potatoes to create these delicious rolls. I experimented with 10 variations before settling on this version. My kids and husband love the rolls so much that they never last until Tuesday!” ―Catherine McMichael, Saginaw, Mich.
4 of 13Becky Luigart-Stayner
2008 Finalist: Black-Eyed Pea Salad
"Organic tomatoes bring the best flavor to this vegetarian dish. I pick them straight from my garden, but you can substitute canned diced tomatoes." ―Judy Holder, Elk City, Okla.
5 of 13Howard Puckett
2007 Category Winner:Oatmeal Knots
"I am continually looking for ways to incorporate more omega-3s and whole wheat into my diet. Making yeast breads has always been an important tradition in my family, and I enjoy working with more nutrient-rich ingredients for this part of our meal." ―Melissa Hinrichs, Omaha, Nebraska
"My husband doesn't like mayonnaise, so I created a potato salad with a vinaigrette. I experimented and realized how little oil I need. Add the dressing while the potatoes are still hot. It really helps the vinegar permeate the potatoes." ―Elsie Gonto, Savannah, Georgia
"This hearty soup has a wonderful flavor because the vegetables are roasted first, which caramelizes and intensifies the taste." ―Bev Jones, Brunswick, MO
12 of 13Howard Puckett
2005 Finalist:Colorful Quick Quinoa Grecian Salad
"I worked at a natural foods market and discovered all kinds of new grains. Since then, I have been experimenting in the kitchen and came up with this recipe during the peak of summer's harvest." ―Margee Berry, White Salmon, WA
13 of 13Howard Puckett
2005 Finalist:Asian Coleslaw
"I think recipes should appeal to a wide range of tastes. This one is excellent in the summer." ―Christina Keyes, Española, NM