This rainbow vegetable bowl is sorta a blueprint that you can make with whatever combination of veggie and fruit and whole grain and nuts and seeds you want. Healthy never tasted so darn good!
This rainbow vegetable bowl is all about making healthy taste like exactly what you want. Think of it sorta like a choose-your-own veggie and fruit adventure. (You know, just like those choose-your-own-adventure books?) No kale if you don’t like it. Extra mango if you want. Because maintaining a healthy lifestyle is as much about being satisfied with your choices as it is about cramming something good for you down your throat. And because we’re so serious about indulging your whims, we’re not even including a dressing recipe. We’d rather you drizzle the salad with your favorite vinaigrette or simply dribble it with some lovely extra-virgin olive oil and a splash of vinegar or whatever you prefer, just because. Originally published June 28, 2017.–Angie Zoobkoff
Rainbow Vegetable Bowl
- Quick Glance
- 1 H
- 1 H, 30 M
- Serves 4
- Bunch of colorful raw vegetables (such as rainbow or regular carrots, radishes, chioggia beets, and different colors heirloom tomatoes), cut into 1-inch (25-mm) pieces or sliced
- Olive oil
- 1 cup raw hulled buckwheat or other whole grains such as brown rice or a blend of whole grains
- Handful of cauliflower and broccoli florets (10 oz)
- Bunch of baby or regular spinach (2 oz)
- 1 mango (5 oz), halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
- 3 handfuls shredded purple cabbage (3 oz)
- 2 handfuls of nuts and seeds (3 1/2 oz), such as almonds, pumpkin seeds, or whatever
- Sprouts of some sort (3 1/2 oz)
- Handful of strawberries or other berries (5 oz)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Your favorite vinaigrette
- 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 2. Toss any vegetables suitable for roasting, such as carrots, radishes, and tomatoes with just enough olive oil to coat and scatter them on the baking sheet. Season lightly with salt. Roast until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Thinly slice anything that you choose to leave raw, such as chioggia beets and the purple cabbage.
- 3. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, warm a drizzle of olive oil and cook the buckwheat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add enough water to cover by about an inch and add a pinch of salt, then bring to a boil. Let the buckwheat simmer until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and spread it out on a clean dishtowel to dry for 10 minutes.
- 4. Steam or boil the cauliflower and broccoli until just tender, about 4 minutes. Rinse under cold water, drain, and set aside.
- 5. Divide the buckwheat among 4 serving bowls and top with the rest of the ingredients, either in groups by color or mixed together. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette or dressing and serve immediately.