Rainbow Picnic Salad



If you're thinking that we took the saying “eat the rainbow” way too seriously, you are probably right! In case you're not familiar with the proverb, health professionals often advise to incorporate eating fruits and vegetables of different colours. By eating different fruits and vegetables, one is able to cover a wide range of nutrition in their diet along with vitamins and minerals.


There is definitely something special about summer and fresh and colourful food. There is a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables available during this time of year. The bright and long days call for fresh ingredients that can be easily tossed together without too much effort. And if you're not yet impressed by a salad named after a rainbow, wait till you see the end result of this vibrant, colourful beauty!

“You are what you eat. Eat a rainbow!”

How do you feel about fruits in your salad? I was formerly a tad sceptic, but my boyfriend (Kris) has managed to completely change my opinion on this! They've become so much of a regular in our household, that it's rare to come across a salad without any fruits nowadays. And there are endless possibilities of good salads with fruit!


How to make the most of this recipe? You could whip up this salad for lunch, dinner, or share it with a group of friends on a picnic. This simple recipe only requires about 20 minutes of preparation time for the ingredients. Throw the ingredients all together or pack individually and assemble later during the picnic. There is plenty of food to go around, and this vegan friendly, gluten-free dish will surely be popular among different diet types!


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Ingredients


Serves 6 portions


For salad:

Salad greens (100g)

Quinoa (200g)

Tomatoes (200g)

Olives (110g) canned &drained

Cucumber (1)

Feta cheese (100g) (*use vegan feta if needed)

Bell pepper (2)

Avocado (1)

Cherries (200g) pitted & halved

Oranges (2)

Cashews (30g)

Salt (1/2 tsp)

Pepper (1/2 tsp)

Olive oil (1 tbsp)


For creamy avocado salad dressing:

Avocado (1)

Olive oil (2 tbsp)

Lime juice (1 tbsp)

Salt (1/2 tsp)

Pepper (1/2 tsp)

Water (2-3 tbsp)

Fresh herb or herb seasoning (1 tsp) chopped

Method

  1. Prepare the salad ingredients by chopping the greens and slicing the fruits.

  2. Place the ingredients in a large bowl and toss together.

  3. Drizzle olive oil on top of the salad and add salt and pepper to taste.

For the creamy avocado salad dressing:

  1. Mash the avocado in a medium sized bowl with a fork.

  2. Mix in the salt, pepper, lime juice and water. Adjust according to your own taste buds! The water quantity should be adjusted according to how runny you want the dressing to be.

  3. Finish by adding chopped fresh herbs or herb seasoning.

  4. Drizzle on top of your salad and enjoy!

Tips

  • In case you're planning to enjoy this salad on a picnic, you could prepare the ingredients beforehand and store them for 1-2 hours in individual containers before putting the salad together.

  • You can also make the salad dressing in a blender or food processor. This also makes things easier if you're planning to make a large batch.

  • Avoid adding cashews in case of nut allergy, you can replace them with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds instead.


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