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You Can Win Friends With Salad With These 22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas

Eating your greens just got a lot more fun with these rainbow salad ideas.

Eating your greens just got a lot more fun with these rainbow salad ideas.

We’ve covered food here before on Girly Design Blog such as Surprise Inside Cakes, Chocolate Sculptures and Wedding Cakes, but none that could be considered healthy.

Let’s take a look at the vegetarian offering and feast your eyes on these beautiful and colourful rainbow salads. You can find all the ingredients and links for recipes below. Go on tuck in!

Mexican Chopped Salad with Spiced Citrus Vinaigrette


22 Colourful Rainbow Salads - Design Mash

Courtesy of Better Recipes

What You Will Need

  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne, optional
  • 1 tsp Minced Fresh Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Orange Juice, plus ½ tsp finely grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice, plus ½ tsp finely grated lime zest
  • 1 Shallot, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Agave Syrup or Honey If You Can’t Find Agave
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Salad:
  • 2 cups Halved Grape Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Peeled & Diced Jicama
  • 1 can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups Peeled, seeded and chopped avocado
  • 1 Each, thinly sliced red, yellow and orange bell peppers, roasted
  • 2 cups Edamame, roasted*
  • 2 cups Corn, fresh or frozen (thawed), roasted*
  • Garnishes:
  • 1 cup Crumbled Queso Fresco
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Scallions
  • *toss Edamame & Corn With Canola or Grapeseed Oil.
  • Spread Out On a Baking Sheet.
  • Roast, at 425 for 10-15 minutes.

 

Skinny Taco Salad


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

What You Will Need

Skinny Taco Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (if desired)
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used the 2% lowfat cheese)
  • 1 cup tortilla strips
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can black olives, drained
  • half of a small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • skinny cilantro lime dressing (see below)

Skinny Cilantro Lime Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (optional sweetener)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

 

Rainbow Detox Salad


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Flavour and Savour

What You Will Need

  • 1 bunch of Lacinato kale, stems removed and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 medium beet
  • 2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons raw almonds

Avocado Cream

  • 1 avocado, peeled and seed removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

 

Asian Quinoa Salad


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Two Peas and Their Pod

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced cucumber

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup lite soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

 

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad withpoppy-Seed Dressing


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

What You Will Need

Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced (or you can double this to 2 avocados!)
  • 4 ounces crumbled gorgonzola or blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • half a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • poppyseed dressing (recipe below)

Poppyseed Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (or any oil, such as olive oil)
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • pinch of ground dry mustard (optional)
  • salt and pepper

 

 

Rainbow Salsa


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

What You Will Need

  • 3 roma tomatoes, cored and diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, stems removed, seeded and diced (add more/less to taste)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely-packed
  • 2/3 cup chopped red onion (about half of a small red onion)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice (about 1 large lime)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small bag tortilla chips

 

Blueberry Smoothie Bowl


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

What You Will Need

  • Frozen blueberries,
  • Bananas
  • Skyr/Greek yoghurt,
  • Pure vanilla powder
  • Water

 

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Garlic Dressing


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of With Food + Love

What You Will Need

  • 1 medium head garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch carrots, scrubbed
  • 1 bunch beets, scrubbed with greens trimmed
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard or beet greens
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup raw, hulled pepitas

 

Rainbow Veggie Rice Noodle Salad


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of My Fussy Eater

What You Will Need

Salad:

  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium courgette / zucchini
  • 1 red pepper
  • palm sized piece of red cabbage
  • 2 tbsp tinned sweetcorn
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 8 stalks tenderstem broccoli
  • 90g dry rice noodles

Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • juice of ½ lime
  • ½ tbsp cold water

 

Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Julia’s Album

What You Will Need

Salad dressing:

    • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon powder ginger
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Salad:

  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves, washed, and dried
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 of a whole red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken, sliced

 

Vanilla Fruit Salad


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Averie Cooks

What You Will Need

  • 3 to 4 cups fruit (I used 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries, 1 cup grapes, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup pineapple)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • about 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional

 

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives & Feta


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Five Heart Home

What You Will Need

Dill & Garlic Dressing:

    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Salad:

  • 1 pound tomatoes (cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half, or about 3 large tomatoes, seeded & chopped)
  • 1 pound cucumbers (approximately 2 large or 4 small), diced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, drained, pitted, & chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, for garnish

 

Watermelon Radish, Orange & Goats Cheese Salad


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Alexandra’s Kitchen

What You Will Need

  • 1 shallot or half of a small red onion
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt
  • 2 to 3 watermelon radishes
  • 2 to 3 oranges, clementines, grapefruit, etc.
  • a handful of walnuts, toasted and chopped (see notes)
  • goat cheese to taste
  • chives, minced, optional, but they add some nice color
  • olive oil to taste

 

Tomato, Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of The View from Great Island

What You Will Need

  • I lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pints mixed cherry heirloom tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • one large handful of small basil leaves
  • several Tbsp fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup spring lettuce mix (for the base of the salad)

Pomegranate Allspice Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Pineapple MangoPico de Gallo Salsa


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of eRecipe Cards

What You Will Need

  • 2 Cups (3 Ripe) Mangos, Diced
  • 2 Cups (1 Ripe) Pineapple, Diced
  • 2 Cups (4 medium) Red Peppers, Diced
  • 2 Cups (2 Large) Sweet Onions, Diced
  • 4 Cups (a Dozen) Firm Roma Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Freshly Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4 Cup Herbes de provence
  • 1 tsp each Salt and Pepper

 

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

What You Will Need

For the dressing:

  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste (ginger would also work)
  • a squeeze of lime juice

For the salad:

  • 16 ounces frozen shelled edamame
  • 5-6 cups baby kale
  • 3 large carrots
  • 2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow)
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 3 green onions
  • ¾ cup cashews (if you can find them, Trader Joe’s Thai Lime and Chili Cashews are the bomb)

 

Linda’s Spicy Rainbow Buddha Bowl


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Linda Wagner

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 bag shredded carrots, about 2 cups
  • 1 large head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 head of purple cabbage, chopped fine
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 Tbs Adobo Seasoning
  • 2 tsps garlic powder – you can also use fresh garlic if you have it
  • sea salt & lots of fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 2 Tbs golden flax seeds
  • 1 avocado as garnish
  • Sriracha as garnish
  • 4 cups water or veggie broth or homemade bone broth

 

Shredded Rainbow Salad with Greek Yoghurt Caesar Dressing


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Scaling Back Blog

What You Will Need

For the salad:

  • 6-7 leaves of lacinto kale
  • 1 small red beet
  • 1 small yellow beet
  • 1 carrot
  • ¼ small red cabbage
  • 1 15-ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

For the dressing:

  • ¾ cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3 anchovies or 1 tablespoon of capers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Damn Delicious

What You Will Need

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Emeril’s Essence Creole Seasoning
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup canned corn kernels, drained
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
For the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeño, optional
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

 

Chopped Thai Salad with Coconut Curry Dressing


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of The Wicked Noodle

What You Will Need

  • 1 can low-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of a lime
  • 1-2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 2 cups chopped napa cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

 

Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Pecans, Avocados


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of Julia’s Album

What You Will Need

  • 10 oz fresh baby spinach (about 10 cups of torn leaves)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
  • 1 Gala apple, sliced
  • 1 or 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 2 whole fresh mandarin oranges, peeled; or 1 can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

 

Israeli Chopped Salad


22 Colourful Rainbow Salad Ideas - Design Mash

Courtesy of The View from Great Island

What You Will Need

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 red, green, orange, and yellow bell peppers
  • 1 Persian cucumber, no need to peel
  • 1 pint small cherry tomatoes, halved
  • about 4 oz feta cheese
  • about 4 – 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Written by Gabriella

Gabriella Sky – I have previously worked as a designer and part-time model, but now work globally as a product buyer for Selfridges & Co

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