No more sprinkles in my salad, please.

By Lisa Cericola
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We could all use a little more happiness and brightness in our lives, but I can't understand why people wanted to literally eat every color of the rainbow in a single dish this year. If you scrolled through Instagram or Pinterest, you'll know what I'm talking about: unicorn food. Not food for unicorns—this food is inspired by unicorns, rainbows, and all things colorful, sparkly, and magical.

Now, if you're six years old, I can see why unicorn food would have some appeal. Waking up to a bagel artistically ‘painted' with pink and purple cream cheese and topped with golden sprinkles probably seems like the stuff of dreams to a kid.

But why would adults want sprinkles in their coffee? (Yes, unicorn lattes are a real thing.) And the trend doesn't stop there—rainbow hued pizzas, ice cream, sushi, layer cakes, grilled cheeses, snack mixes, and more were all over social media this year. Even we jumped on the bandwagon with Rainbow Dessert Bowls and Rainbow Greek Salmon Kabobs (see above), one example of ‘rainbow food' that actually makes sense and tastes good too.

WATCH: Rainbow Greek Salmon Kabobs

The truth is, most of the unicorn recipes out there have been created purely for social media likes. Covering a dish with mini marshmallows and frosting or adding copious amounts of food coloring might make it more unusual and eye-catching, but it doesn't make it taste better.

And when there are so many naturally colorful foods out there—berries, fresh greens, citrus, melon, peppers, to name a few—why in the world would you want to take on extra work faking the rainbow? That unicorn cream cheese doesn't make itself, you know.