Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Rainbow Salad

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We love salads at our house and we eat them almost everyday. Some of our favorites include a spicy Chinese chicken salad, our best pasta salad and or a tasty green salad with avocado olive oil dressing.
And this week I made this creation...Rainbow Salad.
It's full of all the stuff that is good for you with veggies in all the colors of the rainbow!
And I will let you in on a little secret... you see my husband and son are not fond of cooked vegetables.
So one of my little tricks to get them to eat more veggies is to make a fresh salad almost every day.
And guess what? It totally works.They love a fresh, crunchy salad.
This recipe was totally inspired by grocery day. You know...when you get home from shopping for groceries and there is all this delicious-looking produce?
I noticed the beautiful colors of everything that I was putting on the counter and decided right then and there that it needed to be made into a salad.
To make this salad, start with fresh veggies in every color.
{And if they happen to come from your garden, you lucky duck!}
Rainbow Salad
{makes a big bowl}

-one head fresh romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
-one cup shredded carrot
-one zucchini squash, diced
-one English cucumber, diced
-one red pepper, quartered and cut into small strips
-one yellow pepper, quartered and cut into small strips
-one bunch green onions, chopped
-3-4 tomatoes, chopped
- Add or subtract any veggies you like. Fresh green peas/green/yellow beans/radishes would also work well!

To make:
1. In a large bowl, add the romaine lettuce.
2. Toss in the rest of the vegetables. 
3. Add salt & pepper to taste.
4. Serve with your family's favorite dressing. I served it with a balsamic vinaigrette, but you could also serve ranch or Italian or whatever you like! I often leave a salad 'naked' and let each of my family choose the dressing they would like and add it directly to their salad bowl. I find it keeps everyone happier this way!
I served this salad with grilled burgers on night when it was sweltering outside, and this cool, crunchy salad hit the spot perfectly. 
And if you leave a salad 'naked', it can refrigerate beautifully for the next day without going soggy!
And leftovers for lunch are always awesome!

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This post is linked to:
Inspiration GalleryI'm Lovin' It, Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons, The Weekend Re-Treat The Party Bunch,  Tatertots and Jello, Link Party Palooza,  Block PartyTake A Look Tuesday,

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