We continue our backyard barbecue theme this week with a refreshing salad that is perfect for outdoor entertaining because it is mayonnaise-free. Irma Cruz of New Port Richey shares this bean and zucchini salad recipe that has a light dressing, allowing the flavors of the vegetables to shine. When I read that it must chill for 4 hours, I was concerned that the kidney beans and zucchini would get soggy or soft. That was not the case at all. Both held up well. I was able to find small zucchini that sliced nicely into bite-sized rounds. If you can only find larger zucchini, I would suggest slicing it into half rounds. Irma said she sometimes uses a yellow pepper for more color or substitutes cider vinegar for the white vinegar.
Sarah Stork of Crystal Beach is looking for some new frosting recipes and, in particular, a really good buttercream icing. She would also like a recipe for peach cake using fresh peaches.
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