Vegetarian Recipes: Colorful Caribbean Salad

Posted on Sep 4 2012 - 11:30pm by Susan Bewley

For the past few days, I have been having a bad craving for a salad.  My husband, most of the time, isn't that much of a salad fan, since he eats them at work when I don't pack him a lunch of healthy leftovers. I was actually quite surprised when I found that most people don't eat salads, since I grew up having them at least once a week for dinner, and typically ate them when I was living with friends as a single lady.  To me, a good vegetarian salad recipe meant a night of relaxation and healthy eating when I just didn't feel like cooking.

I think part of the reason is that salads have earned a reputation of being bland, or downright unhealthy if you get them in a restaurant.  Actually, most of the salads I have seen at a restaurants do look rather disgusting. Part of the reason is that people just don't know what vegetables to put in a salad. Everyone just assume that a salad is throwing a bag of lettuce in a bowl and drown it in salad dressing.  Personally, I think that is part of the problem too -if you make a salad right, it should have a great deal of flavor, with the dressing being a nice compliment, NOT the main ingredient!

One of my most favorite vegetarian dinner recipes is my fruit salad. I have never really been sure what to call it – some consider it a Caribbean salad, some a tropical salad, but to me, it's just plain yummy! Like most foods, a salad should always look appealing. Don't just get a bag salad, throw some dressing on it, and call it done. A good vegetarian dinner salad recipe will incorporate a variety of different vegetables and fruits into the salad, creating a very colorful dish that is appealing to not only your stomach, but your eyes.

Personally, I am very big into experimenting with different types of salads, but this by far my most favorite vegetarian dinner salad recipe.  With the combination of vegetables and fruits, you are going to have a very nutritious salad that will be far from bland! Even better, top it with my favorite honey lime dressing, and you will be ready for a fun, relaxing movie night on the couch! Who knew that a salad could really be so delicious and appealing?

Colorful Caribbean Salad Recipe

  • Yield: 2 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 Bag Garden Salad lettuce, carrots, radishes, and greens
  • 1/3 Cup Dried Cherries
  • 1 Medium Orange Wedges cut in quarters
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries Cut in quarters
  • 1 Bundle Scallions
  • 1 Medium Tomato (optional)
  • 1/3 Cup Raisins

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly wash your bag of lettuce. After I have washed the lettuce, I put it in a salad spinner to get all the access water off. This will keep your salad from getting soggy! Note: If you are cutting up your own veggies, I recommend romaine lettuce, endives, radishes, carrots, and spinach.
  2. Once the salad green are dry, cut up all of your fresh fruit and place in the salad greens. Mix everything well, but don't damage the fruit. This will allow the extra fruit juices from your fruit to coat the salad.
  3. Cut up your scallions. I usually buy them in a bench of about three or four scallions. Clean thoroughly and cut up. Throw away the bottom root. (or use if you prefer. I don't in this recipe)
  4. measure your dried fruit and place in the salad.
  5. Cut your tomato and place on top of the salad. I cut my tomatoes in small slivers to make them easier for eating. Note: I do not have tomatoes in the picture since Daniel hates tomatoes. When I make this for lunch, however, I always put tomatoes in the salad )
  6. Portion salad into your preferred dish. Serve with your favorite dressing (we recommend our honey lime dressing) or fresh fruit juice.

About 

Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

30 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. diane September 5, 2012 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Erica Ardali September 5, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I've been considering going meatless on mondays. This sound deelish! 

  3. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas September 5, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

    This sounds really good, and I know my son and husband would love it. Anything with fruit is a favorite around here! And i love the idea of including lots of colors. Thanks for sharing!

  4. julieann r September 5, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Would love to see a photo of the salad you made….and I agree that salads in restaurants are downright unhealthy and goes against the whole purpose of a salad in the first place.

    • Susan Bewley September 5, 2012 at 11:16 am - Reply

      I’m hoping to get a picture up this week 🙂

  5. Rachael Monaco September 5, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe! I share it on my The Reluctant Vegan facebook fan page.

  6. Melinda Dunne September 5, 2012 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I love salad! Thanks for posting the recipe I love trying new things. 

  7. Tamara September 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    I Love salads, I eat one every day. Thank you for sharing an idea to change it up a little.

  8. Jessica P September 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    This sounds delicious! I am passing it on to my best friend who is an avid vegetarian. She is always looking for new recipes to liven up her diet.

  9. Angie September 6, 2012 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Sounds delicious! Thank you!

  10. Brooke September 6, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Sounds like the perfect summer salad!! I'm thinking this would taste great with the blueberry dressing I picked up on vacation last week!

  11. Alaina Bullock September 6, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I cannot wait to see thepictures…I bet it is a beautiful salad!  Just reading about it has made me crave a yummy salad, and I am adding this recipe to my recipe book! Thanks!

    • Susan Bewley September 6, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

      I am hoping to get it made tonight or tomorrow. So frustrated that my original pictures got deleted 🙁

  12. Sue Invegas September 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I eat a lot of salads. This sounds good! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Susan September 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    This looks good. I will have to try it.

  14. Patty A September 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I love salads. Yummy

  15. Michele September 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Oh I have to make this next summer.

  16. Malia September 9, 2012 at 12:45 am - Reply

    I love salads!  Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  17. MamaBreak September 9, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate the last days of summer! We are always looking for more salad ideas. 

  18. Shan September 10, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    oooo, sounds AWESOME!
    I LOVE salad and love to mix things up! I love strawberries too!

  19. Melissa September 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Im always looking for new things to do with salad  thanks

  20. Melanie September 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Great recipe and super easy!  I have always been hesitant to try a traditional salad mixed with fruits, but I am going to have to try this one!  Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Ashley S September 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    OOO I was so want to try making this. Sounds like a really great salad 🙂

  22. Ali Brie September 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    That looks so yummy! I really need to start adding mroe fruit to my salads. It gives it such a unique taste.

  23. Candy Olivares September 12, 2012 at 12:56 am - Reply

    What a fantastic looking salad! I'll have to add more fruit to mine too. Bet it was delish! 

  24. Angie September 16, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Great recipe! Thanks

  25. jheylo September 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    looks yummy, i think i can eat this…. i'm not a salad person 🙁 but i think i can eat this. looks inviting

  26. Maria Iemma June 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I love salads and this one looks so beautiful and appetizing. Thank you for posting.

  27. Tiffany R December 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I love dried cherries or cranberries in my salad!!!

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