Salads

August 30, 2018

Simple Rainbow Salad

Eat the rainbow for dinner tonight with this plant-based, vitamin-filled, protein-packed, filling, and nutritious Simple Rainbow Salad.

Simple Rainbow Salad

I don't know about you, but I always feel so much better after eating a salad. I know that God wants me to nourish my body with good foods. And when I eat something filled with vitamins and minerals, I feel good afterwards.

I'm not saying we need to eat a salad every day, but there's something to be said for eating a variety of colors, which are filled with tons of nutrients, and fueling our bodies with healthy foods.

I hope the name gives away the awesomeness of this salad.

It's simple. No weird ingredients and easy to prep ahead of time.

It's rainbow. All the pretty colors you can imagine, providing the different antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals found in a variety of foods.

It's a salad. You know, greens, veggies, dressing. Yum!

Simple Rainbow Salad

Ingredients

Spinach and/or Mixed Greens: Part of the simplicity of this salad is that you don't have to make it exactly as the recipe calls for. So if you're feeling romaine, go with that. Or if you want all kale, go for it! Personally, I love to get packages of mixed greens and add in some spinach.

Vegetables: Carrots, bell peppers, beets, onions, etc.  Remember that we're eating rainbow salad. So that means red onions, orange carrots, yellow carrots, purple carrots, orange beets, purple beets, red pepper, green pepper, and whatever else you want!

Beans: This salad wouldn't be protein-packed without the addition of some legumes. My favorites include chickpeas, white beans, and black beans. If you're really into the rainbow, you could do some red or yellow lentils.

Balsamic Vinegar: So many store-bought dressings are filled with tons of sodium, sugar, and (unhealthy) fat. No thanks! My favorite, and the easiest, way to enjoy salad is with balsamic vinegar. Of course, you can get normal balsamic. A good balsamic is the best. But you can also get raspberry balsamic, or pear balsamic, or key-lime balsamic. Whatever you're feeling, you can get it. And many of these balsamic vinegars are sweetened with fruit!

Seasonings: Just a sprinkle of salt and pepper can go a long way to enhancing the flavors in this salad. You can also add any other dried herbs or spices that you'd like.

How to assemble a Simple Rainbow Salad

Step 1. Chop the carrot, bell pepper, beet, red onion, or whatever vegetables you're using to your desired shape.

Step 2. Add the spinach and mixed greens to a medium bowl.

Step 3. Add the chopped vegetables to the bowl. Then top with beans.

Step 4. Drizzle on balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!

Simple Rainbow Salad

Recipe Prayer

Jesus thank you for giving us food that helps us feel good. You come to us through food for a reason, and we recognize this with each meal we consume. Use this food to work through us. Amen.

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Simple Rainbow Salad

Eat the rainbow for dinner tonight with this plant-based, vitamin-filled, protein-packed, filling, and nutritious Simple Rainbow Salad.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

1

Prep:

10

min

cook:

0

min

total:

10

min

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Handfuls Spinach or other greens
  • 2 Large Handfuls Mixed Greens or other greens
  • 1 Medium Carrot
  • 1 Medium Bell Pepper
  • 1 Medium Beet
  • 1/8 Cup Red Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Bean of Choice chickpeas, black beans, white beans, etc.
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar, for dressing
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop the carrot, bell pepper, beet, and red onion to your desired shape.
  2. Add the spinach and mixed greens to a medium bowl.
  3. Add the chopped vegetables to the bowl. Then top with beans.
  4. Drizzle on balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!
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August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography