Boost Nutrition with Color
Color is nature’s way of showing us what fruits and vegetables are good for us. These recipes mix and match fresh hues and textures to ensure both nutrients and flavor.
You’ve heard it before: in order to get all of the nutrients that you need, it is necessary to eat a wide variety of foods of different colors. In other words, eat the rainbow (not the candy kind). That can feel like a chore, if you think about it in the wrong way. But SL is here to help! We’ve compiled a bunch of easy, healthy recipes that make healthy eating feel like a joy, instead of a chore. Healthy vegetable recipes abound; we’re pretty fond of our roasted asparagus salad. But easy, healthy recipes aren’t confined to just vegetables; try our three-fruit smoothie tomorrow morning to start the day off right. Need a great, light lunch recommendation? Try a sweet salad with fresh pears and Asian sesame dressing–you won’t find an easier healthy recipe. Dinnertime? Baby carrot soup spiked with a smoked adobo sauce has our vote. Whatever your palatal preferences, we have a colorful, easy, and healthy recipe for you.
Roasted Asparagus Salad
Recipe: Roasted Asparagus Salad
Serve a plate full of goodness with the veggies in Roasted Asparagus Salad: Bibb lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and bell pepper. Save time by tossing it with bottled vinaigrette.
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas
Three-Fruit Yogurt Shake
- Recipe: Three-Fruit Yogurt Shake
Baby Carrot Soup
Smoky adobo sauce gives this creamy soup a subtle touch of heat.
Recipe: Baby Carrot Soup
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas
Grilled Rainbow Peppers
- Recipe: Grilled Rainbow Peppers
Dawn’s World-Famous Greek Salad
- Recipe: Dawn’s World-Famous Greek Salad
Grilled Eggplant With Sweet Pepper-Tomato Topping
Grill and top eggplant with a pepper-tomato topping that combines fresh basil with salty olives and sweet raisins. Serve with a French bread baguette for a meatless entrée or as a side to grilled chicken.
Fresh Pear Salad With Asian Sesame Dressing
Green Bean, Grape, and Pasta Toss
If you like broccoli salad, you will love this red-and-green salad. Bacon and pecans add texture and saltiness to the creamy-dressing-coated dish.
- Recipe: Citrus Gazpacho
Family time sure is sweet.
Summer Vegetable Kabobs
Chilled Zucchini Soup With Fresh Vegetable Salsa
- Recipe: Broccoli-Squash Slaw
Peach-Blackberry-Yogurt Fruit Cups
Mix fresh peaches and blackberries with Greek yogurt, honey, and granola for a quick, nutritious breakfast. Sit down and savor the fresh fruit, or pack it in a container to take on the go with you.
Heirloom Tomato Salad With Fresh Lady Peas
Layered Lebanese Salad
- Recipe: Layered Lebanese Salad
Roasted Beet-and-Sugared Walnut Salad With Orange Vinaigrette
Roasted beets and sugarcoated walnuts provide a warm complement to the sweet Orange Vinaigrette and orange sections tossed into this colorful salad.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
For a simple, fresh appetizer, wrap mango slices and arugula in paper-thin slices of prosciutto. For a slightly different flavor, substitute another fruit, such as pear or cantaloupe, for mango.
Reminiscent of traditional potato salad, Power Salad blends the healthful yet candy-like flavors of sweet potatoes, Granny Smith apples, and raisins in a light dressing. Walnuts and apple slices provide a crunch to each bite. Make this salad several hours in advance to let the flavors blend.
- Recipe: Power Salad
Photo: Jennifer Davick
New Ambrosia With Buttermilk-Coconut Dressing
The citrus goodness we love in ambrosia meets immune-boosting green veggies in this dish. Garnish with toasted sweetened flaked coconut to complete the flavors.
Recipe: New Ambrosia With Buttermilk-Coconut Dressing
Warm Purple-and-Red Potato Toss
Eating potatoes doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice color and nutrients; buy red and purple-skinned varieties for this warm rendition of zesty potato salad. Test Kitchen Tip: Cook the potatoes whole with their skins to retain shape and color.
- Recipe: Warm Purple-and-Red Potato Toss
Recipe: Tomato-and-Watermelon Salad
This surprising salad combination will please your palate. The bright hues and refreshing flavors make Tomato-and-Watermelon Salad the perfect summer side dish.
Confetti Pasta Salad
Pack veggies into a picnic or luncheon spread with Confetti Pasta Salad. Toss a colorful mix of red tomatoes, green spinach, and yellow bell pepper with shell pasta, fresh lemon vinaigrette, and crumbled feta cheese.
Recipe: Confetti Pasta Salad
Photo: Van Chaplin; Styling: Buffy Hargett