What is a rainbow salad?
A rainbow salad is one of those salads we make in here and got its name from when the children were small and were fascinated by the rainbow. You know kids and vegetables... not always the best of friends, so it had to be linked, to kind of make them consider eating it. It did get to the point where they were saying 'mummy, our salad is missing yellow today' ;-), so they were actually checking on the colours to make sure they were all in.
We had to eat the rainbow colours every day and slowly, slowly they did get into the habit of actually checking whether they do the colours whether was from a salad or other foods - they became conscious of what they were eating. They are in their teens now and really good with what and how they eat which makes me really proud. My hard work has paid off.
When can you have a rainbow salad?
Clearly, every day if possible. A rainbow salad like this one containing so many powerful and healthy ingredients like red cabbage, broccoli sprouts, celery, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, red onions beets, tuna fish, boiled eggs, it can only be good for you. It is a nutritional gem, a real energy booster!
Make it your own, add your favourite ingredients, why not? It can be made into totally vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian versions. Add meat, whatever and however you would enjoy it. The sky is the limit, or, okay, maybe just the fridge then. It can easily accompany a BBQ, it can be taken to a garden party or potluck, it can be made for any occasion. It will be very appreciated, I am sure of it. It can be also served on its own as a beautiful lunch or a dinner with a slice of bread or as a side to some roast meat.
I'll leave it up to you to decide but however, you decide to mix it, it's a real joy to anyone's taste buds!
- Can I make it advance? Yes but not for that long as vegetables will release water and it will not look that fresh and airy/fluffy. If you make it for a party or to take away, make it as a last-minute and do not add any seasoning or vinaigrette, add these just before serving.
- Can I freeze it? Its not a greatd idea so I would just say categorically not, just keep it fresh and prepare as much as you can eat.
- What if I have any leftover? If you feel you made too much, place as much as you think you will be able to eat into a bowl and the remainder put into an airtight container in the fridge.
Other booster salad recipes you may like :
- Salmon AND crudités salad with coconut blossom nectar and umami salt vinaigrette
- Skinny tuna salad
- Kidney beans, avocado and coconut salad
Let me know how you found it!
Booster rainbow salad
- ½ large red cabbage
- 1 red onions
- 1 pepper red or yellow
- 200 g broccoli sprouts
- 1 medium cucumber
- 250 g cherry tomatoes
- 4 sticks celery
- 2 carrots
- 2 beetroots grated, raw
- dill to taste
- parsley to taste
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1 large lemon juiced
- 2 tuna fish (canned) optional
- 4 eggs (boiled) optional
- Grate the carrot and the beetroots. When done, place in a large bowl.
- Finely chop the remainder of the vegetables and place them over the grated ones.
- I have added the canned tuna but you may skip this if you wish to keep it vegan.
- Place the broccoli sprouts, chopped dill and parsley, salt, pepper to taste and stir well.
- Freshly squeeze the juice from a whole lemon and pour it all over this delicious and super energising salad.
- Add the cut boiled eggs on top if you wish and serve.