No more boring iceberg lettuce! My Mom’s Marinated Vegetable Salad is a simple, nutritious, and flavor-packed way to enjoy summer’s fresh produce. Make it in advance and you have a cool, crisp, and refreshing side dish for just about any summer potluck, picnic, or weeknight dinner.
My mom was recently cleaning out her files in the kitchen and she came across her old collection of recipe cards. Since Mom isn’t one to typically cook from recipes (she’s the “improvising type” if you catch my drift), she didn’t really have much use for the old handwritten notecards anymore. So guess who scooped them up?
I have had so much fun sifting through these old recipes, so many of which bring back childhood memories. You can expect to see even more “retro” recipes on the blog in the coming months, but we’ll go ahead and start with this simple marinated vegetable salad.
You can really use just about any combination of vegetables that you prefer, and then toss them all together in this simple red wine vinaigrette. The dressing is really what reminds me of my mom…I’m pretty sure that she poured this stuff (or some variation of it) on many other dishes throughout my youth! And, thanks to the old recipe cards, now my kids have been enjoying it, too!
I just had to include the photo below, which made me laugh when I uploaded my pictures and started editing them for this post. Do you see how unglamorous my photo “studio” is?! On this particular afternoon, Spencer was by my side playing with Matchbox cars as I was quickly snapping some pics. He often tries to grab the food and eat it, or he likes to push his toys along the table or board that I’m using. More often than not, I can manage to keep him out of my actual shot. But not this time! Do you see that little baby finger and the wheels of his John Deere tractor on the side of the salad? That’s just an average “work day” around here!
I hope that you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as we have. Vegetables and side dishes aren’t always glamorous, but they’re a nice component to most parties, picnics, and dinners, and a change from the typical green leaf salad is always welcome!
- ¾ cup sliced mushrooms
- ¾ cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
- ¾ cup sliced zucchini
- ¾ cup peeled, chopped carrots
- 1 small sweet bell pepper, chopped
- ½ cup broccoli florets
- ½ cup cauliflower florets
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon chopped fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Place all vegetables in a large bowl.
- Place remaining ingredients (garlic through olive oil) in a jar with a lid and shake until completely combined.
- Pour dressing over vegetables.
- Refrigerate salad for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
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