Eat a Rainbow!

July 1st, 2013 · Lisa · gluten-free, nut-free, raw, Recipes, Savory, Vegan, vegan recipe · Comments

I have been in awe of my city this week. I wandered the streets full of colourful revelers, gazed up at the CN tower lit as a rainbow and overheard cheers of peace, equality and joy.

I know that all sounds a little too “rose-coloured” to be true. But in the years I have lived here I have seen such spectacular shifts in the social mores that it seems anything is possible. This year, when our first openly gay, female Premier joined the festivities I felt incredible proud of my city, my province and my country (Happy Canada Day, friends!).

Celebrations like Pride remind me of the importance of love, friendship, boldness, beauty, pleasure and fun. Life should be colourful!

So after dancing in the streets, I decided to come home and prepare a feast fit for my rainbow-enrobed city.

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Rainbow Salad (serves 4)


  • 4 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1 beet, shredded or spiralized
  • 1 carrot, shredded or spiralized
  • 1/2 cup yellow tomatoes
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 cup purple cabbage
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • Tahini dressing
  • ΒΎ cup tahini
  • 1 cup fresh dill, chopped and stems removed
  • ΒΌ cup fresh parsley, chopped and stems removed
  • ΒΌ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup water, or enough for desired consistency


  1. Add the mixed greens to a large bowl. Add the shredded beets in a row along the left side of the bowl. Add the carrots next to the beets in a row.
  2. Chop the tomatoes into eighths and arrange with the skin-side up, in a row next to the carrots.
  3. Chop the avocado into small cubes and arrange in a row next to the tomatoes.
  4. Finely chop the purple cabbage and arrange in a row next to the avocado.
  5. Add the kalamata olives in a row next to the cabbage.
  6. Serve with your favourite dressing.
  7. For the tahini dressing above, blend everything together until completely smooth.

Wherever you are in the world today I hope you are enjoying good food, friendship and love. Sometimes it comes along easily, sometimes you have to put in the work to create it. Either way…food, friendship and love are always worth the effort. Chop those greens and hug your friends. xo

*Thank you Nicole, for the tahini dressing recipe. We shared it at last year’s Vegetarian Food Festival and I have loved it every since.*


  1. Posted July 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    This looks amazing!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm


  2. Posted July 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    What a beautiful sight πŸ™‚ I love eating the rainbow! The herby tahini dressing sounds so good.

    That’s great that you’re witnessing positive change over in Canada too. It’s easy to just look at the bad and forget that in actual fact there’s so much to be optimistic about.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      I definitely think looking back, even a decade, makes it clear how far we’ve come. I listen to my nephews and nieces talk about relationships, families and love with such big, open minds. It really does fill my heart.

  3. Lisa Stone
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Gorgeous! Totally making it this weekend in honor of so many happy couples I know and love.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Wonderful! I’m so glad I could help bring even more colour to your celebration of love.

  4. Amey
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Yay! Rainbow salads are the best!! Beautiful and full of flavors and colors and joy! Also, that tahini dressing sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to try it. πŸ™‚

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      I will never forget your rainbow potluck. Never. πŸ™‚
      p.s. Congrats on the new business venture!!

  5. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    Posted July 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

    What a gorgeous salad! Love the rainbow effect. And the dressing sounds like a creamy dream. I just found your blog and am excited to follow!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted July 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you Heather! I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying my posts.

  6. Posted July 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Beautiful salad! Here’s to more rainbows of all forms and fashions! πŸ™‚

  7. RockMyVeganSocks
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Beautiful sentiment & salad! Love it =)

  8. Posted July 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    The effort, the risk, the pain, the joy. Always, always worth it. Love you. x

  9. elizabeth
    Posted July 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    looks sooooo good. love your photo, it is just beautiful.
    peace and raw health,

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