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Marinated Vegetable Salad

This crunchy salad is easily made from those last bits 
of fresh vegetables in your fridge.
Prepare the salad the night before you plan to serve it.
Refrigerated, it will keep for several days, 
although it is always the best the first day after you assemble it.

  • 1-2 cups bottled vinaigrette dressing such as Italian, Creamy Italian, Roasted Red Pepper or Italian Parmesan. Or use your own favourite recipe.
  • Vegetables: Use whatever vegetables you have on hand.  Cutting them into uniform sized pieces will make the most attractive salad.
In the salad pictured above, I used the following vegetables:
  • Baby carrots, Cauliflower florets, Broccoli florets, celery, snow peas,
  • Red, green and yellow bell peppers, baby corn (from a can)
  • Cucumber, zucchini and fresh mushrooms
Other veggies that work are:
  • water chestnuts, whole grape tomatoes,  
  • blanched asparagus or green beans, canned or frozen corn,
  • and canned beans of any kind, drained
  1. Prepare vegetables, cutting them into uniform sized pieces and place them in a large bowl.
  2. Toss vegetables with your choice of vinaigrette dressing.  I prefer some variety of Italian dressing. You can also use a homemade dressing but I find there are lots of good bottled dressings available.  Use just enough to lightly coat all the veggies.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.
You can adapt the amounts to the number of people you are serving.  It is a very filling salad so count on 1/2 to 3/4 cup salad per person.


  1. YUM that is great I just made a bean salad the same way and it was fantastic this looks like a keeper too:) Thank you :)

  2. I really enjoy this kind of salad. It is a good make ahead dish for taking to a potluck, or just keeping one in the fridge and enjoying it for a few meals. It has been awhile since I have made this, thanks for the reminder Bev.

  3. Looks like a good recipe. Many times I just have a little bit of a lot of different vegetables and not enough to do much with. Together----a salad. Thanks.

  4. Along the same lines, check out this: This is so something my grandma would have made.

  5. Everything I have looked at seems to lean toward Italian dressings; wanted something that will keep for days and since I cook for one, most recipes make too much and it is also nice to pull something out of the fridge. Remember trying one years ago and the cucumber and mushrooms became slippery after a day or two. Has anyone else had this problem?