Easy Vegan Rainbow Salad

January 25, 2019Sew White

This quick, healthy and delicious easy vegan rainbow salad is perfect no matter the weather. Crunchy, zesty and with chopped mint for extra flavour.

My Easy vegan rainbow salad is so simple to make and has such a great taste. It works so well with other dishes as a side salad or on it’s own. I use this recipe as a base and add other things from there. Sometimes it accompanies Thai inspired fish cakes, spicy chicken BBQ skewers or even as a simple accompaniment to gammon and mash potato to add a little freshness.

For only 4 ingredients plus some fresh herbs it’s so cheap and quick to make.
Cheap, quick and delicious. Yes please. If you don’t want to make quinoa yourself most supermarkets have some ready made in packets. The Merchant Gourmet packets are really good if you want some ready made.

I used my OXO Good Grips mandolin to slice. It’s super piece of kit which I have loved for years. It’s very sharp and slices so well especially for these types of salads. It also comes in a lovely little box which the lid is where the blade piece fits in the lid to collect what you slice. Easy to clean and store too.

How to make the easy vegan rainbow salad

I love making a large bowl as it will feed 4 hungry adults with dinner but it also works the next day in lunch boxes too. Thinly chop the red cabbage and add it to a large serving bowl. Add chopped plum tomatoes. Thinly slice the carrots into battens and add in. I added 250g of freshly cooked quinoa (I always cook a good amount as it will last a few days in the fridge). The herb which I find work best is mint,. It’s a fresh earthy flavour that adds to the overall salad and it definietly misses it if you don’t use it. You can also add coriander, which works well with chillies and red onion if you add them in too.

Making the Lemon mustard dressing for the salad

My lemon and mustard dressing is so good and packs a good punch. The mustard adds a rich flavour which works so well combined with lemon and olive oil. Simply mix the ingredients together and drizzle over the salad.

The ingredients for making a lemon mustard and olive oil dressing for vegan salad

Easy Vegan Rainbow Salad Recipe

5 from 4 votes

Easy Vegan Rainbow Salad

Servings 8 Servings as side salad
Author Sisley White


Rainbow Salad

  • Quarter Red Cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 200 g plum or cherry tomatoes
  • 200 g cooked quinoa
  • handful fresh mint

Vegan Lemon and mustard salad dressing

  • half lemon
  • half a teaspoon wholegrain mustard make sure it's vegan
  • quarter of a teaspoon rock salt
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Easy Vegan Rainbow Salad

  1. Thinly chop the red cabbage using a knife or mandoline and add to a serving bowl.

  2. Chop the tomatoes and add to the bowl.

  3. Using a knife of mandoline with a julienne attachment thinly cut the carrots.

  4. Chop up the mint and add to the ingredients.

  5. Add 200g of cooked quinoa (now cold) to the bowl and stir it all together. It's now ready to serve.

Vegan Lemon and mustard salad dressing

  1. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon juice. Should be about 2 tablespoons.

  2. Add the other ingredients and stir together or if your pot has a lid give it a good shake.

  3. Taste and add a little more oil, salt or lemon to taste and drizzle a little over the salad. It will last in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Ready to serve… a beautiful and crisp easy vegan rainbow salad

A rich and vibrant easy vegan rainbow salad with red cabbage carrots tomatoes quinoa and mint

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  • Corina Blum

    January 30, 2019 at 11:00 am

    It looks delicious and easy! I’ve actually got some leftover quinoa in the fridge today so although I haven’t got all the ingredients I might well make lunch inspired by it!5 stars

  • Esha

    January 30, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    What a beautiful looking salad. Love how its quick simple and yet so delicious.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      February 7, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Anything that can get meal time prep a little quick I love.

  • Anna | Serving Dumplings

    February 3, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    such a beautiful and healthy salad, I love the colors!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      February 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

      Me too! Who says food is boring when it naturally has these colours.

  • Anna

    February 4, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Such a lovely and gorgeous looking salad! Loving all these crunchy veggies there, everything is so healthy and full of good nutrients! That dressing sounds like a perfect addition!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      February 7, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      I think having salad with a mix of soft and crunchy makes it so much more interesting. A little bit of apples also works a treat.

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