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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.

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

Fresh Italian Veggie Salad

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 10
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!

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

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 Facts
Fresh Italian Veggie Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 33 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 51mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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

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