Although salad generally contains lettuce, marinated vegetable salad is all vegetables without any lettuce. Instead, the vegetables marinate in an oil-free, tangy dressing overnight. As a result, the marinated vegetable salad is saturated with intense flavors!
But, what is different about my marinated vegetable salad is a combination of PARTIALLY cooked vegetables and raw vegetables. What are partially cooked vegetables? Personally, I don’t like raw broccoli. As a matter of fact, I think some vegetables are better when partially cooked in order to absorb the flavors of the dressing. Not only does partially cooking vegetables allow for better absorption of the dressing, but it also makes the vegetable crisp, less bitter, and easier to eat and digest.
SO, WHAT DOES PARTIALLY COOKING MEAN?
In order to partially cook the cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots, I simply roast them for half the time (15 minutes)of the recommended roasting time (30 minutes). Therefore, the vegetables are softer and more porous. Then, allow the partially cooked vegetables to cool completely.
RAW VEGETABLES FOR MARINATED VEGETABLE SALAD
The raw vegetables, on the other hand, are cut into bite-sized pieces and remain raw. Since the salad is dressed a day before eating, I removed the seeds from the cucumber to avoid excess water to prevent the marinated vegetable salad from becoming soggy.
RAW VEGETABLES IN MARINATED VEGETABLE SALAD
- Red Onion
- Grape Tomatoes
- Baby Bell Peppers
Next, I combined the cooled partially cooked vegetables with raw vegetables and dressed the salad in advance.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR THE OIL-FREE DRESSING?
- Red wine vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Garlic, minced
- Maple syrup
- Fresh rosemary
Once dressed, stir the salad to coat all the vegetables, cover, and place in the refrigerator overnight. Stir again a few times throughout the day, making sure the dressing is absorbed.
Serve as a side salad or an entree salad. Not only is marinated vegetable salad easy to make, but it also is great for a party or potluck. And, let’s not forget it can be made ahead of time, making meal prep easier. So, the next time you are looking for a salad loaded with vegetables without any lettuce, choose the marinated vegetable salad.
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