Fresh Italian Veggie Salad

 

Every summer we look forward to BBQs and potlucks with loved ones but what’s a quick and easy side dish to bring?! Fresh Italian Veggie Salad of course!

 

Every summer we look forward to BBQs and potlucks with loved ones but what's a quick and easy side dish to bring?! Fresh Italian Veggie Salad of course! Whole 30, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian

 

My good friend Kara gave us this beautiful recipe for a veggie salad and I just couldn’t wait to try it. It’s so hard to find side dish recipes for dinner and I often want one that isn’t the same ol’ thing, chopped lettuce with carrots and ranch. I love an easy garden salad, but it does get old all summer long.

 

Every summer we look forward to BBQs and potlucks with loved ones but what's a quick and easy side dish to bring?! Fresh Italian Veggie Salad of course! Whole 30, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian

 

My parents have the most amazing garden in Idaho and they have taught us all to appreciate fresh from the garden, farm to table recipes and I have to admit, this is totally a salad I hopped on because I knew it was something they would love.

 

Do Different Colored Peppers Have Different Flavors?

Yes! The different colors of bell peppers actually do taste different.

Green is the least ripe and the bitterest in taste.

The others are much sweeter, with red being the sweetest.

 

Do Different Colored Bell Peppers Have Different Nutrients?

In both cases, red peppers contain far more beta-carotene and vitamin A than green peppers and even more than yellow peppers — making them the unofficial champion in the bell pepper color spectrum.

In addition to their high nutritional value, red peppers are known to be sweeter because of their ripeness.

 

Every summer we look forward to BBQs and potlucks with loved ones but what's a quick and easy side dish to bring?! Fresh Italian Veggie Salad of course! Whole 30, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian

 

It’s kind of like this summer vegetable salad so I’ll try it next, but our real favorite is this FARMER JOHN PESTO GARDEN SALAD. It is amazing!!!!

 

Every summer we look forward to BBQs and potlucks with loved ones but what's a quick and easy side dish to bring?! Fresh Italian Veggie Salad of course! ohsweetbasil.com

 

It’s mostly chopping vegetables, and as nerve wracking as it can be to give a child a knife, with your supervision this is a great opportunity to get everyone involved. Really, I wont stop pushing it, let your kiddos and spouse cook with you.

 

Once everything is cut up go ahead and blanch (cook in boiling water and quickly add to a bowl of ice water) the beans and carrots. Then throw everything in a large bowl, there’s carrots, beans, tomatoes, snow peas, peppers, yellow squash, and olives, but you could change out anything you’d like. Originally it called for green onions but we didn’t have any so I just left them out.

 

Is There a Difference Between Sugar Snap Peas and Snow Peas?

Snap peas are also known as sugar snap peas, and are a cross between snow peas and garden peas.

The whole pod is eaten and has a crunchy texture and very sweet flavor. 

 

Every summer we look forward to BBQs and potlucks with loved ones but what's a quick and easy side dish to bring?! Fresh Italian Veggie Salad of course! Whole 30, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian

 

Meanwhile, whisk together a simple Italian dressing. It’s one of our favorites to use in a few ways, like our Cowboy Caviar Quinoa, another awesome side dish that’s also good to eat with chips!

 

Dress the salad and chill until serving, making sure to give it a final toss before eating. This is a great salad to make in the morning and serve at dinner, but you can serve it immediately too.

 

Yield: 10

Fresh Italian Veggie Salad

Fresh Italian Veggie Salad

Every summer we look forward to BBQs and potlucks with loved ones but what's a quick and easy side dish to bring?! Fresh Italian Veggie Salad of course!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Thinly Sliced Carrots
  • 1 Cup Fresh Green Beans, chopped in 2" pieces
  • 1 Cup Fresh Sugar Snap Peas
  • 1 Cup Thinly Sliced Yellow Squash, halved
  • 1 Cup Chopped Red Pepper
  • 1 Vine Ripe Tomato, cut in wedges
  • 1 Can (2 1/4 ounces) Sliced Olives

Dressing

Instructions

Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside. In a pot filled with water, add the beans and carrots and cook on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes then quickly drain and add the veggies to the ice water. In a large bowl, add all of the vegetables, including the beans and carrots. Season with salt and pepper, about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 pinch of pepper. In a measuring cup, combine the Italian Dressing ingredients and whisk to combine. Pour over the veggies, and toss to coat. Season with more salt if needed. Chill in the fridge until serving or serve immediately.

Notes

Use any vegetables you like, broccoli, zucchini, etc!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 33 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 51mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Protein: 2g
Every summer we look forward to BBQs and potlucks with loved ones but what's a quick and easy side dish to bring?! Fresh Italian Veggie Salad of course! Whole 30, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian

 

Cowboy Caviar Quinoa

It’s some of our favorites in a whole new way. Cowboy caviar quinoa is a mashup of the classic cowboy caviar salsa and a healthy quinoa side.

It's some of our favorites in a whole new way. Cowboy caviar quinoa and honey mustard bacon brats are waiting to be on your dinner table! ohsweetbasil.com

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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  2. Everything about this looks good! It’s so fresh and bright and clean looking…and I’m starving so I want it right now!