The Best Marinated Vegetable Salad

This easy marinated vegetable salad recipe is perfect for any type of gathering and is so easy to make using the Foodsaver Quick Marinator or just in a bowl! It’s gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and loaded with flavour! 

Easy Marinated Vegetable Salad Recipe

An Easy Marinated Vegetable Salad 

 

There’s always room for a good salad when it comes to gatherings whether it be a birthday, bbq, baby shower, or holiday gathering and this marinated vegetable salad fits the bill.  It’s easy to make, loaded with flavour, crunchy, bright, and totally delicious. 

I love making salads ahead of time that can sit in the fridge and soak in all the flavour without getting soggy and that’s what makes this recipe great for prepping in advance. 

Another great way to enjoy this salad is in the summer at a picnic or going camping as you can make it a day or two in advance and it will last for a few more days chilled in the fridge. Like a fine wine, the flavours get better with age!

Easy Marinated Vegetable Salad Recipe

Making the Vegetable Salad Marinade

 

The marinade for this salad is very simple to make and you really just need a handful of ingredients and a jar to shake it all up in. Once you’ve mixed up the ingredients you pour this flavourful dressing over the mixed vegetables in the salad and let it sit for a few minutes (using the Foodsaver  quick marinator) or for a few hours in the fridge. Here’s what you’ll need for the dressing/marinade:

  • Olive oil
  • White wine vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Honey (or granulated sugar for vegan)
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Greek herb mix 
  • Capers 

You can find a Greek Herb Mix at most grocery stores in the dry herb and spices section! The mix should have salt included, if it doesn’t, you’ll want to also add salt to the marinade separately. 

Easy Marinated Vegetable Salad Recipe

Easy Marinated Vegetable Salad Preparation Options:

 

To make the salad you have a couple options. You can either marinate the salad using a Foodsaver with the Quick Marinator vacuum attachment, or you can add the salad ingredients to a bowl and pour in the marinade and allow it to sit and soak for one to several hours in the fridge. I like the Foodsaver as it makes for a quick way to marinate the salad and enjoy it within minutes. 

It’s totally up to you and how much time you have to make the salad! 

If I have the extra time or am planning to take the marinated vegetable salad to an event or gathering, I’ll prepare it a day or two in advance and just leave it in the fridge. But if I want to enjoy this salad that day and still want all the flavour, the Foodsaver Quick Marinator is the perfect option! 

 

Easy Marinated Vegetable Salad Recipe

Vegetable Options for the Salad

 

When it comes to choosing vegetables for this easy marinated vegetable salad I go with a mix of firm and crunchy raw veggies and a few other vegetables that might have a little bit of a different texture. My ultimate combination is as follows:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Bell pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Baby corn
  • Carrot
  • Celery

This is my personal favourite combination for the salad, but really…the sky’s the limit. You can use mushrooms, snap peas, cucumber, zucchini, onion and more! Whatever you choose, just be sure to stick with crunchy and hearty vegetables to make the bulk of the salad. 

 

 
The Best Marinated Vegetable Salad

The Best Marinated Vegetable Salad

Yield: Serves 6-8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This easy marinated vegetable salad recipe is perfect for any type of gathering and is so easy to make using the Foodsaver Quick Marinator or just in a bowl! It's gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and loaded with flavour! 

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 heaping cup chopped cauliflower florets
  • 1 diced bell pepper
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped baby corn
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery

Marinade/Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Greek herb mix (with salt)
  • 1 tablespoon jarred capers

Instructions

    1. Add veggies to Quick Marinator container or a large bowl.
    2. In a jar add all dressing ingredients, close tightly and shake vigorously until well mixed or emulsified (you could also use an immersion blender).
    3. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, close the lid to the Quick Marinator, and shake to coat all the veggies with the dressing.
    4. Place in the fridge to marinate for a minimum of 1 hour. Stir once again before serving.
    5. If using the Foodsaver Quick Marintor follow the instructions to marinate using the vacuum attachment depending on the FoodSaver model you are using.
    6. Once marinating time is up (as indicated on the Foodsaver), turn the dial on the Quick Marinator to release the air and open the container.
    7. Transfer salad to a dish to serve or chill as preferred in the fridge.*

Notes

*I used cold veggies from the fridge to make the salad so it was already chilled when done marinating and ready to serve!

Do you make your own version of a marinated vegetable salad? I’d love to know what your favorite vegetable combination is! Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below to save this recipe for later. 

 

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One of the easiest and most popular salad recipes, this marinated vegetable salad is cold, fresh, crunchy and loaded with raw chopped vegetables marinated in a healthy and delicious tangy dressing. It’s gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and totally nutritious!

 

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Have a wonderful day,

Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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