Boost Nutrition with Color
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.
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
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
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.
Tired of steamed asparagus? Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, and lemon in this pesto make the veggie into a tasty coating for pasta or crostini.
Recipe: Asparagus Pesto
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
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
Recipe: Edamame Succotash
Edamame is just a fancy word for heart-healthy soybeans—used here in place of traditional lima beans. Look for them in the frozen vegetable case.