Marinated Veggie Salad

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Marinated Veggie Salad

I love how colorful this salad is, which is also an indication of the vitamins and nutrients that you’ll get with each bite.  The salad doesn’t try to hide the veggies but the bright colors and seasoned taste of the Italian dressing help make them more palatable if your kids are not fans of eating vegetables.  This is a great salad for potlucks and picnics because it can be thrown together so quickly.  It is best when it has had a few hours to chill and marinate in the refrigerator.   Growing up my mom always used the Good Seasons Italian Dressing Packet but my family also likes our balsamic vinaigrette.

Marinated Veggie Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4+
The bright rainbow colors and seasoned taste of the Italian dressing help make the veggies more palatable if your kids are not fans of eating vegetables.
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 6 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
  • A squirt of lemon juice, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp powdered parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
Good Seasons Italian Dressing
  • Good Seasons Italian Dressing packet
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
Marinated Veggie Salad
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium head of broccoli
  • ½ a head of cauliflower
  • 1 cup of cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Italian Vinaigrette, to taste
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  1. Mix all of the ingredients except for the oil and the Parmesan cheese in a bowl.
  2. Gradually add the Parmesan cheese and then the oil as you whisk the vinaigrette.
  3. Refrigerate leftover vinaigrette in a sealed container.
Marinated Veggie Salad
  1. Cut the carrots into ½-inch slices.
  2. Break the broccoli and cauliflower stalks into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Toss the vegetables and the vinaigrette.
  4. For the above amount of vegetables I use roughly half of one batch of dressing but you can use more or less depending on your taste. I like having enough dressing to coat the vegetables without making it sloppy.




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