Take-out Tuesday, Rainbow Salad

Lighten up your menu with this healthy salad

It’s almost as good as finding a pot of gold!

It’s full of a rainbow of ingredients

You can serve it buffet style

and let everyone choose the ingredients they want

Or you can chop it up and mix altogether

Serve it with this easy Almond Butter Dressing

It has a lovely Asian flavor

Garnish with sliced or Buttery Almonds

Very different and a nice change up!

Rainbow Salad

A rainbow of healthy vegetables and an almond butter salad dressing makes a tasty meal or side dish. Add cooked chicken to make it heartier if desired.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • coleslaw mix
  • Purple cabbage, sliced
  • Red peppers, chopped
  • baby carrots
  • Yellow peppers, chopped
  • Cucumber, sliced and quartered or spiralized
  • Baby Spinach leaves, torn
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Blueberries, washed and cleaned
  • Almond Butter Dressing
  • Buttery Almonds garnish


  • Combine veggies in a bowl and drizzle with dressing
  • Spiralize the cucumber for added interest and sub any ingredient you like, keeping the rainbow in mind. Spiralized pear, carrot, zucchini, yellow squash would be great additions also
  • Dress salad with Almond Butter Dressing and garnish with buttery almonds if desired


Plan on 1/4 cup per person of each ingredient or adjust according to your needs and preferences
Add cheese, such as bleu, white cheddar, fontina, swiss, or meat, such as cooked chicken, ham, turkey, bacon, if desired
Keyword fresh veggies, healthy salad, rainbow vegetable salad, veggie salad

Almond Butter Dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes
Course condiment, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup Justin’s Classic Almond Butter
  • 1/4 cup Tamari or Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice { juice from 1 lemon}
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • 3 T water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 T rice vinegar


  • Combine ingredient in a jar and shake to combine. Stir almond butter into other ingredients, breaking up with a spoon if necessary.
  • You can make the dressing ahead, just let it sit at room temperature before serving
Keyword almond butter, almond butter dressing, homemade salad dressing, salad dressing

Buttery Almonds

These sweet and savory almonds are a wonderful addition to salads, vegetables and party dips. They only take a few minutes to make and can be stored in a jar and will stay fresh for weeks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cool 15 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • brown sugar
  • kosher salt


  • Saute almond slices in a large skillet in butter and Olive oil over medium heat
  • Sprinkle the nuts liberally with brown sugar and Kosher salt.
  • The brown sugar will melt and caramelize on the nuts. Stir often and watch carefully so the nuts don’t burn. Don't walk away, this literally only takes 3-4 minutes
  • When they have begun to brown turn out onto wax paper or foil to cool. Store in a jar in your pantry or freezer. Makes 2 cups.


I buy the almonds in bulk at Costco and keep the big bag in the freezer. I make a fresh jar of these every few weeks to be handy for cooking.
Keyword almonds, buttery almonds, sweet and savory almonds

You can substitute your favorite ingredients,

use tomatoes, strawberries, pears, yellow squash,

anything you like and use any dressing you want

Add meat and cheese if you like

for a complete main dish salad…

Create a rainbow!

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34 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Rainbow Salad”
  1. I also made an almond dressing for my salad some time last month, so I know from the first hand that this was a GREAT salad with lots of flavours, colours and textures.

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    It is said that we eat with our eyes as well as our mouth. This recipe is a treat for both.

  3. A colorful and healthy salad is always a wise choice. It looks delicious and the almond butter dressing sounds amazing!

    Stay warm, Jenna as we experience winter again!

  4. Not only is it beautiful, it’s also healthy. The dressing looks delish too! Have a great week, Jenna!

  5. Marsha says:

    Oh Jenna, The Asian dressing for this lovely salad sounds so delicious. Could I use peanut butter in the dressing instead of almond butter since I don’t usually have almond butter in the house? I fear it may change the entire flavor of the recipe though since almond does have a different flavor or taste. I will just have to find almond butter at the grocery store or order a jar online. I am so glad the recipe uses honey. I love your display of veggies in the pineapple bowl and artist plate. So healthy and flavorful. So pretty too.

  6. Nancy says:

    What a colorful salad as colorful as your beautiful art! And your presentation on the artist palette is outstanding.
    I have to give almond butter dressing a try. YUM!
    Thank you for your creative ways dear friend!

  7. Looks wonderful! Love your palette!

  8. Kitty says:

    What a Colorful and healthy salad, Jenna. The dressing sounds so tasty. I’ve made the buttery almonds and they’re so good.

  9. lghiggins says:

    This salad is so healthy, and I have to try making the almonds. They would be great to have on hand.

  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh this is just what I love eating, any and all salads. This looks delicious and I’ll take mine all mixed together. Already pinned, thanks Jenna……

  11. Mary says:

    A healthy and delicious salad too Jenna, the dressing sounds so good! ♥

  12. Joanne says:

    That sounds so good! I love that you have a whole rainbow of fruits and veggies here and that almond butter dressing sounds divine. Pinned.

  13. Jill Kuhn says:

    I like how colorful it is! A feast for the eyes and the stomach! 😃

  14. Cyndi Raines says:

    Yum! Always love a good salad!

  15. anartfulmom says:

    That looks so good! I wish someone would fix that for me right now! 🙂

  16. I like the idea of “make your own” salad from the rainbow — and the dressing sounds divine.

  17. Miz Helen says:

    We loved featuring your awesome post on Full Plate Thursday, 580. Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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