How To Make 8 Vegetable Salads You Will Love

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Today I am sharing how to make 8 vegetable salads you will love to make and enjoy eating. I hope you have a great chopping board and some sharp knives to start with. With the start of a new year some of us, including me, are looking for several ways to eat more vegetables. I am talking eating vegetables three to five times a day, if possible. I am not a nutritionist, but I know the value of eating lots of vegetables. I can hardly wait until I can plant some seeds for my garden because it saves me so much money and I can pick something fresh every day once the plants are mature enough to produce. Has anyone started planting yet? It’s too cold here. I am going to plant some peas in a few days.

Here are some items I suggest you have for making salads, of course, there are more, but let’s start with these:

  1. Chopping board: one that is just for veggies not used for meats. I prefer a wooden one, but it’s just me. This is the one I have had for many years. I oil it once a month to keep the wood protected: Totally Bamboo Butcher Block, Large
  2. Potato or vegetable peeler: I have this one: OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler
  3. Sharp vegetable knife, like a gourmet vegetable chopper: I never knew there was a knife just for vegetables until I worked at a fancy kitchen store. They make a difference, BUT you will ruin the blade if you cut on anything but a wooden chopping board. Just giving you the heads-up here. If you take a good knife and cut it on a plastic, granite or marble chopping block, you will dull the blade more quickly. Wusthof Gourmet Nakiri Vegetable Knife with Hollow Edge
  4. Bowls: all different sizes, from small to large.
  5. Colanders: I love stainless steel because they are rust free and clean up easily. ExcelSteel Stainless Steel Colanders, Set of 3
  6. Salad washer/spinner: I love these because they wash all the leaves and spin the water out. Buy a good one the first time and it will last for years. OXO Good Grips Green Salad Spinner
  7. Salad tongs or salad servers
  8. Small Whisk like this one: OXO Good Grips Nylon Balloon Whisk, I use these for salad dressing, eggs, etc.

Vegetable Salads

Seven Layer Salad

Seven Layer Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Ingredients
  • 1 medium head of lettuce
  • 5 ounces of fresh spinach
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs sliced
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 1/2 pound of cooked bacon crumbled or chopped
  • 1 small package of frozen petite peas thawed
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients above in a salad bowl
  2. Dressing, ingredients, and instructions:
  3. 1-pint mayonnaise
  4. 8-ounces of sour cream
  5. 1/2 pound of grated Swiss cheese
  6. Combine the mayonnaise and sour cream and pour over the salad. Sprinkle the cheese on top. This is truly one of my favorite salads!

Fresh Veggies Supreme Salad

Fresh Veggies Supreme Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup minced or finely chopped radishes
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
Instructions
  1. Combine all the veggies above and pour 1/4 cup of Italian dressing over the ingredients and then stir.

Green Bean Salad

Green Bean Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 can green beans drained
  • 1 can wax beans drained
  • 1 can kidney beans drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell peppers
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine the oil, sugar, and vinegar in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Chill a few hours before serving. Overnight is even better.

Marinated Veggie Bowl

Marinated Veggie Bowl
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cubed zucchini
  • 1 small head cauliflower broken into flowerets
  • 2 medium tomatoes cut into wedges
  • Dressing:
  • Hidden Valley salad dressing packet
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
Instructions
  1. Combine the dressing ingredients in a salad bowl, whisk until smooth. Add the vegetables and stir. Refrigerate until chilled.

Marinated Vegetable Salad

Marinated Vegetable Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Ingredients
  • 1 cup diced green onions
  • 4 cups chopped celery
  • 4 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 2 cups frozen peas thawed
  • 2 cups chopped radishes
  • 4 cups shredded carrots
  • Combine the vegetables above in a large bowl.
  • Marinating Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and refrigerate 24 hours, drain and serve.

Raw Vegetable Salad

Raw Vegetable Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower chopped
  • 1 bunch broccoli chopped
  • 2 green peppers chopped
  • Combine the above veggies in a large bowl.
  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • 4-1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Combine the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar and salt and blend them together. Pour over the vegetables above and refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.

Cabbage-ColeSlaw

Cabbage-ColeSlaw
Prep Time
15 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 people
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cabbage shredded or chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 6 stalks celery chopped
  • Combine the vegetables above in a large bowl.
  • Dressing:
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
Instructions
  1. Combine the mustard seed, sugar, salt, celery salt, and vinegar. Whisk until smooth. Pour over the vegetables above and stir.

Kathleen’s Fresh Vegetable Side Dish

Kathleen's Fresh Vegetable Side Dish
Prep Time
20 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 people
Ingredients
  • 3 cans black beans drained
  • 2 cans of corn drained
  • 3 to 4 four tomatoes chopped
  • 3 chopped avocados
  • 1 bunch Cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 purple onion chopped
  • juice from 2 limes
  • vinegar and oil to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine everything in a bowl and chill. Great as a side dish or with tortilla chips.

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5 thoughts on “How To Make 8 Vegetable Salads You Will Love

  • January 13, 2016 at 7:29 am
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    I love how I find value in every single one of your posts! My husband and I are on a rather famous 24 day challenge to revamp our eating habits and I’m already burnt out. I WANT CARBS! And chocolate. Oh, chocolate.

    We are trying our hand at gardening this year and I want to start the seeds early, but I have NO idea where to start. We for sure want tomatoes, cucumbers, various peppers, onions and try some beans. Do you have any recommendations?

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    • January 13, 2016 at 10:49 am
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      Savannah, you always make my day! I wrote this post to help get people motivated about eating more veggies! I am trying so hard to eat a whole lot more vegetables! I buy my seeds from: They are organic and have GMO free. They have a blog as well. Also, my friend Julie has a great blog: Let the gardening begin! I would check with your local nurseries as well. Happy Wednesday! Linda

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  • January 13, 2016 at 8:23 am
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    Great post! Our family switched to a “Nutritarian” diet after seeing a program by Dr. Fuhrman on PBS last year and then reading his book, ‘Eat to Live’. Veggies now make the bulk of our diet and we grow a ton in our small backyard. Thanks for the recipes! I’ll be sure to share your post.

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    • January 13, 2016 at 10:51 am
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      Hi DP, Now I need to go check out the PBS show and see if it’s available to watch! I have a small backyard but I can produce a lot of produce! Thanks for sharing my post! Linda

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  • January 13, 2016 at 11:20 am
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    If you type “Dr. Fuhrman” into Youtube, the videos will be on the first page of results. He has several that are an hour long or greater.

    Also…

    https://www.drfuhrman.com/weightloss/8steps.aspx

    My sister went to the doctor over Christmas and her blood pressure was sky high. I immediately told her about Dr. Fuhrman and his book.

    I talk about Dr. Fuhrman and the Nutritarian lifestyle everywhere I go. When someone helps you change your life for the better…you want to tell everyone about it!

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