Rainbow Veggie Cobb Salad - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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It’s been a while since I shared a good salad recipe I’d say.

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Salads are the one thing that I get really carried away with when I start making them. I don’t know, there are just so many possibilities that I end up add everything and the kitchen sink. Please tell me you are like this with something in your life at least so I don’t feel so strange.

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With this salad I started out with plans to make a simple and basic cobb style salad with my favorite toppings. One of those toppings is what I like to call “fakin” because it’s so perfect for all the people that like bacon flavor. Now does it taste just like bacon? Not really.

I’ll be completely honest, I’ve never liked bacon so this is totally great with me. Basically it’s close enough to the taste of bacon to make some people happy but far enough off not to gross me out. That might not make any sense, but it’s the best I can explain. Just try it yourself because it’s good no matter who you are and it’s so easy to make.

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As for the dressing, I was going for a ranch kind of taste. In the past I’ve tried using tahini in a very similar sauce and loved it but I was feeling like changing it up today. Instead of tahini I used some sunflower seed butter and some other basic ingredients. The bulk of the dressing is actually made up of zucchini believe it or not. It’s a similar idea to making Greek tzatziki sauce but using the zucchini instead of the cucumber.

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Anyway, the combination of all these flavors is just a party in your mouth, and speaking of parties!……..

This is definitely a wow salad if you’re wanting to impress your friends and family at your next gathering. It’s so colorful I bet the kids will even be eager to try!

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Rainbow Veggie Cobb Salad


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Take your normal salad to the next level with this flavor loaded, color packed meal!

Ingredients

Sunbutter "Ranch":
1 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
1/2 small onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
1 teaspoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
sea salt & pepper to taste
Coconut "Bacon":
1 1/2 cups thick coconut shreds (coconut chips)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari or cocount aminos)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
Candied Pecans:
1/2 cup whole pecans
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon water
Salad:
4 cups mixed baby greens
2 cups purple cabbage, shredded
1 cup shelled edamame, thawed from frozen
1 large corn on the cob, corn shaved off
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 large nectarine, chopped
1 medium orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

Instructions

Sunbutter "Ranch":
Combine the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Coconut "Bacon":
Stir the liquid ingredients together in a small bowl and add in the coconut. Sprinkle with pepper and toss to coat evenly. Line a baking tray with parchment or silicone mat and spread into an even layer. Bake for 12-15 minutes until toasted (turning halfway through baking).
Candied Pecans:
Stir the sugar and water together in another small bowl to wet it all. Add the pecans and toss to coat. Spread the pecans on a baking tray with parchment or silicone mat and spread into an even layer. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until toasted (turning halfway through baking).
Salad:
Combine all the veggies in a large salad bowl or on a platter. If desired, you can toss to mix evenly for serving or serve as pictured. Top with desired amount of dressing and serve.

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I like the name of this salad.. Healthy food and Rainbow colors is in the salad...

That´s by far the sickest Salad I have ever seen in terms of different Colours and variety of Ingredients. And not to forget a very good photography work.

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Your salad not only look colorful and well-prepared but it is a healthy salad with those goodies with good vitamins and minerals. Thanks for your recipes. I'll try to make like that one day.

Wow, looks amazing! Those colours!

Gosh that looks amazing it’s like eating a rainbow it’s almost shame to mess it up! 😋 can’t my lunch always look this colourful

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@chekohler Haha, yes it can. Eating the rainbows of nature is the best thing you can do for yourself.😀

Recepies with pecan are always very tasty!

Well that's beautiful! All your posts are, but the nutritional rainbow is a sight I'll never get tired of! :)

OMG the colours! This is like a heaven for my eyes. So simple and yet so advanced. I love your photography style too! Amazing.

Amazing!! Very colorful, I loved it. Saludos desde Venezuela.

Yes! Really diggin this salad. Barely any1 else i know uses fruit, specifically blue berries in salad. I for one love them! I’m also a big asian pear in the salad users.

Beautiful colours in this 1, it looks like salad art haha.

It was looking so beautiful...One of the benefits of eating salad is that you can eat tons of it and never be satisfied.

That is a great idea to make people try healthy food.

mmmmmmmmmmmmh, delicious!

i love the colors too! looks awesome!

cheers!

Beautiful wow excellent always unique and delicious thanks to share dear vote by me please did you check my post?

Gorgeous Gringa! I've read somewhere that the more colorful your food is the healthier it usually is too. Well, that is unless is a bag of skittles or m&ms ;) This looks super healthy and delicious. But for some reason I'm still thinking of that 2 year steemit anniversary cake! YUM :)

Have a great day! -Dan

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@world-travel-pro Haha, totally. I think information like that can be all too exciting for those who would love nothing more than to continue bad habits and justify them (i.e. skittles lol). So glad you liked this post AND my cake post. I'm finally sharing that recipe today actually.

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Always good to hear from you Gringa! Will be interesting what you come up with for Halloween. Have a great day!

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@world-travel-pro 😀Haha, totally. I'm excited for the Fall season.

That's so nicely presented kids would eat all of that for sure even if they don't like veggie hahah creative :)

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@blazing Thank you so much. I think kids would love this too.😍

It looks so beautiful. It's the first time I've heard of this salad and certainly one I'm going to try.

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Wow! It looks incredible, and so nutritious, this one which I need it now!!!!

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Wow, Yummy to my tummy. looks delicious and healthy too.

Damn, @gringalicious! Do you do these recipes, shoots and Steemit posts and then sit back and acknowledge how good you are?! I hope you do. Your posts over the last few years haven’t went down in quality at all. They just get better and better. These are so great to just look at. I didn’t realize food could be so beautiful.

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@kommienezuspadt Wow, you complement me way too high but I really appreciate it. You're so kind 😀

It looks very exquisite this salad and the spectacular colors, a true rainbow.

the salad looks very colourful, it is equally a good recipe as they are natural foods.

I want to prepare something like this.

You make eating healthy look intriguing!