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12 Top-Rated Creamy Salads for Summer Picnics

These 5-star salads are bound for glory! A bound salad is simply a salad, any kind of salad -- potato, pasta, chicken, egg, tuna -- that's held together, or "bound", with a thick, creamy sauce. Typically, mayonnaise aids in binding ingredients. Not just delicious and creamy, a bound salad also holds its shape when you scoop it out onto a plate at picnic time.

1. All-American Loaded Baked Potato Salad

"This is a great twist on two all-American favorites -- the potato salad and the loaded baked potato. A crowd-pleaser," says spicejenmom. "Even people who don't normally love potato salad seem to love this!"


2. Fruity Curry Chicken Salad

"A healthy and tasty chicken salad with a fruity twist," says Karen. "Great on a croissant or in a honey pita."

Fruity Curry Chicken Salad

Fruity Curry Chicken Salad | Photo by DIZ#9829;

3. Barbie's Tuna Salad

"This is a really great tuna salad," says ANAQUIL. "The secret ingredients are the curry and Parmesan cheese! It has been my favorite recipe for tuna salad for many, many years."

Barbie's Tuna Salad

Photo by Melissa Goff

4. Grandma's Reinvented Potato Salad

Shredded Cheddar cheese, Miracle Whip dressing, and crumbled bacon add delicious flavor to a classic potato salad.

Grandma's Reinvented Potato Salad

Photo by Kraft

5. Awesome Ham Pasta Salad

"This recipe is delicious," says court381. "I made this for a potluck and everyone loved it. It stayed moist and tasty for several days. You will get a ton of salad but it's perfect for lunch or just a snack."

Awesome Ham Pasta Salad

Photo by Molly

6. Alyson's Broccoli Salad

"Confirmed broccoli haters have changed their minds after tasting this salad," says JJOHN32. "It is great for potlucks or buffet meals. Make a day or so before you wish to serve to meld the ingredients."

Alyson's Broccoli Salad

Photo by cookin'mama

7. Bacon Pea Salad

"This salad was my aunt's go-to at summer picnics. I was so excited to find this recipe," says Nealy's Kitchen. "Bacon adds a wonderful smokiness."

Bacon Pea Salad

Photo by Sugarplum

8. Bean and Bacon Salad

"Great taste combinations," says lucibello. "It was a great fresh, cold cabbage recipe."

Bean and Bacon Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

9. Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

"This is a wonderful-tasting egg salad sandwich that you will devour," says wifeyluvs2cook. "It's really good on rye."

Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

10. Creamy Cauliflower Egg Salad

"Delicious and much easier and healthier than potato salad," says SusieL.

Creamy Cauliflower Egg Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

11. Shrimp and Pasta Shell Salad

A beautiful and simple seafood salad, this easy shrimp and pasta salad stars a creamy mayonnaise-based dressing, with cayenne pepper, Dijon, ketchup, and dill.

Shrimp and Pasta Shell Salad

Photo by naples34102

12. Ham Spread

"This recipe uses leftover ham with onion and dill pickle relish for a delicious sandwich spread or dip for crackers," says Pat Schwarz. "You can substitute green olives with pimentos for the dill pickle relish."

Ham Spread

Photo by Melissa Goff

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