Shredded Rainbow Salad

Sometimes I feel guilty when I come home from work and I don’t want to make dinner for my family.

I don’t think I’m alone.

But then I find a recipe that reminds me that food doesn’t have to be complicated. We can just shove stuff into a food processor to make a salad. And how dang easy is it to dump stuff in a jar and make salad dressing. Dang EASY.

Getting my picky almost 4 year old to try shredded beets? That is the opposite of dang easy.

We can add buttery toast and we can call it a meal. We can add grilled meat and call it a meal for my husband.

We’re eating rainbow colors on a weeknight as we should be. Now, what’s for dessert?

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering! We’re gonna learn about colors today.

To prevent the whole lot from turning purple, we process in the following order. Purples?! CHECK!

Orange?! Check. This feels like juicing. Weird.

White Cabbage is up.

Apple last!

Look at all of that shredded stuff. It took me like 2 minutes and that includes taking too many photos of it.

Lay it all out on a platter. A rainbow plate.

Dressing time. You can easily omit the Worcestershire & yogurt if you wanna go vegan.

Dressing in a jar. Lid on a jar. Shake the jar. Dressing is born.

Top with chopped mint & parsley. This is the bright green component.

Dressing time!

Put it in the anthropologie bowl you’re obsessed with.

Don’t forget bread. We hafta have carbs.

oh and avocado!

Shredded Rainbow Salad


serves 8

recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver via Everyday Food Magazine

  • 2 raw medium beets (any color) trimmed, scrubbed & quartered
  • 1/4 red cabbage, quartered
  • 2 large carrots, scrubbed & trimmed
  • 1/4 white cabbage, quartered
  • 1 apple, quartered
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly bashed
  • 2 handfuls Italian parsley and mint, chopped

for the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt & ground pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • hot sauce

Put a coarse grater attachment into a food processor and push ingredients through in the following order (to stop the beets from staining everything): beets, red cabbage, carrots, white cabbage and apple. (If your food processor is small, do this in batches.) Turn vegetables out onto a platter so get a pile of rainbow colors. Mix the yogurt, mustard, vinegar, and oil, then season with salt, pepper, Worcestershire, and hot sauce.  Add walnuts and herbs and toss everything together until you get a big, beautiful plate of dressed vegetables.

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  • Cláudia Trindade

    I agree with you … is not always easy, get home from work, tired, and having to make dinner for the family …
    This salad was with very good aspect and the colors are wonderful… good choice!!

  • Erica {}

    This looks pretty & delicious!

  • Edith

    This looks so colourful I just wanna dig right in!!! Sometimes, healthy food just has to look pretty and I am hooked 😀

  • Ali

    Such a good salad! I made this on Monday when we had friends over. Everyone enjoyed it, even my 3 year old. (She will eat anything though. At two, she cleared my cousin’s plate of calamari.)
    The only thing I would do differently is use less olive oil in the dressing. I find JO’s dressing a little too oily for my taste.

    • Tracy

      I didn’t find the oil to overwhelm! I wonder if the mayo added that? I used yogurt!

      • Ali

        Great idea! I will try it again with the yogurt. I’ve been making my own thanks to inspiration from Annie’s Eats so I’ve always got some on hand.

  • Val

    wow Im so happy this doesnt have mayo!


  • Valerie

    You are a better woman than I! Last night I got home late from work and school when I looked over at the beau and said, “I can spend 20 minutes cooking or we can walk down to the burrito place and have food in our belly’s in less than 10!”

    Some days I can coerce myself to fire up the stove but last night was not one of them! I need to remind myself it takes just about as much time to cook than it does to pile into the car, drive to a restaurant and put an order in!

    That salad looks FAB with all the colors of the rainbow! Lovin’ it!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Eating the rainbow is awesome – especially this kind of rainbow. The dressing also sounds delish!

  • Diane

    What a happy salad! And this: “We can add grilled meat and call it a meal for my husband.” Seriously, what is it with even the very modern, enlightened dudes being unable to consider a protein-less meal a “real meal”?

  • Jill @ Sincerely Jill

    I needed a reminder that cooking doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time. So thank you for that. Plus this salad looks incredibly refreshing.

  • Kayla

    I love these quick/easy recipes for the weeknight. I also love those bowls.. anthro wins again.

  • Megan

    This looks so good! And I love edible rainbows. They’re just the best! And now I’m craving buttered toast like you wouldn’t believe.

  • jenny

    the prettiness of this salad just makes me happy. plus, I can tell it’s delicious.

  • kickpleat

    This is totally my kind of meal, and always with buttered toast!

  • Ellen

    Wonderful. Seems as though I’ll need to keep my food processor, after all. :-)

  • Eileen

    Ok, who *does* want to take on more work after a long day at work? Even if it’s cooking something delicious! This salad is a great plan–why not let the food processor do the work for you? :)

  • Lisa | With Style and Grace

    I make a salad just like this and pre-pregnancy, I loved it! A salad made in the food processor is kind of genius.

  • Amanda Barkey

    saw this in this months issue and KNEW you would make it! yours looks even better than Jamies… I only have a mini chopper- thinking I need to get me a big mother food processor pronto.

  • natalie@thesweetslife

    I saw this in Everyday Food and thought it sounded awesome–definitely going to try it…I could use more 5 min meals :)

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  • aida mollenkamp

    We love rainbow salad in our house. It’s our go-to for potlucks with kids because they’re always into it. I love your version!

  • Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    I don’t have a gorgeous food processor like yours sooo I might just be ultra lazy and buy preshredded. Now if only I had dishwasher I would have it made in the shade!

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag

    aaaaah this is so pretty! I like pretty. I like to eat in pretty bowls as well. I love your site. makes me happy!!!

  • Clara

    Tracy- you are my salad soul mate.

  • Clara

    Also, can we discuss the fact that AIDA Mollenkamp comments on your blog!!! This definitely needs to be reviewed in an upcoming podcast.

  • MaryBeth

    I’m eating salad for dinner right now, and was perfectly happy with until I got to the buttered bread part of your post, now all I want is some dang grilled garlic toast!

  • Nicole @ The Dirty Oven

    Lovely post! The colors are just beauty. Gotta love that bowl. Perfect size. Now I want some avacado toast.

  • Leslie

    Too amazing. Looks delicious. Your best recipe ever.

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

    Gotta agree with Cooper…not so much a fan of beets. BUT I’m sure I could find something fun to substitute. Such pretty colors!

  • Rachel

    I’ve been thinking about this recipe all night…and how to make it without a food processor (well, I have a mini one in our small house) and certainly no grater attachment. Any ideas??? Might take the easy part out of it…

    • Tracy

      Do you have a box grater? Might take some elbow grease but it most certainly can be done!

  • Danielle

    Oh Tracy, I like your style! This salad looks amazing! I love that it’s healthy and only takes a few minutes to prepare! If I can get my 5 year old to eat it I’ll be so happy. And like you, If add some grilled chicken and maybe my husband will eat it too!

    Love your blog!!!


  • Jill

    I feel guilty for not wanting to make dinner for my family too, and I don’t have a job. Well my two year old keeps me busy. I never want to make dinner. I feel overwhelmed to make a list then shop then cook and clean…..sigh. It can be done! Great looking salad.

  • Jayne

    Shuts! I’m going to make this tomorrow for my gathering. This is going to be awesome. Will remember to report back on the response. Probably will add some raisins to this and switch up with toasted pine nuts instead of walnuts because that’s all I have in my pantry.

  • Jayne

    I only wonder if I do this ahead of time. Probably stick it in the fridge and only dress it on the table.

  • Kate @eatrecyclerepeat

    that salad – swoon! now if only someone would make it for me – perfection :)

  • Kristi Rimkus

    I can think of many times I wasn’t in the mood to cook for my family. It’s often exhausting trying to please everyone, but this recipe looks like a real winner.

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  • Melissa

    Where do you get all your colorful napkins/ placemate? i love them!

  • Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

    This is such a genius idea! I don’t eat near enough veggies, but a shredded salad actually sounds delicious. Definitely doing this for some lunches!

  • Judi

    I made this the other night and it was A HIT!!! Thanks for such a wonderful fresh recipe!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Tracy, this looks fabulous! I love the colors and flavors! Fresh!

  • Dottie

    Thank you for the amazing lunch at home! I’ll be making it again tomorrow. And Sunday. And possibly Monday….

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  • Jamie

    I can totally see this with some edemame or garbonzos too – YUM!

  • Lise

    This was the 1st of 3 recipes I made from your fab site in just over 24 hours; the other being your simple greek salad and thai beef salad – we’ve had the first sunshine in what feels like a hundred years in Cardiff Wales, so it’s now salad o’clock! They were all totally delicious and am loving your pics too. Thanks!

  • JackieJ

    When you say ‘coarse’ grater attachment what actual size is the ‘coarse’ grater you’ve used here? Most processors have varying size of blades and my Magimix only has 2mm & 4mm blades (grating/slicing) as standard but you can buy a 6mm blade separately, so it would be good to know what you’re using, and ideally what you use most often for these types of salads. Thanks

    • Tracy

      Oh, I’m sorry. My food processor only came with one size grater and when I look on it, it says Medium. It’s a Cuisinart so I don’t know how it compares to your Magimix. I would think that the 2mm/4mm would be standard since it comes with your processor.

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