California Vegetable Salad

Total Time
15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

A quick, healthy salad with lots of flavor and crunch...and endless possible variations! (Adapted from the salad my family ate when I was growing up in San Diego--plus all of the salad bars I've been to ever since.) Note: Optional items not included in preparation time.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 cups lettuce leaves, chopped (red leaf or romaine)
  • 1 tomatoes, chopped
  • 12 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced diagonally
  • 10 radishes, quartered
  • other bite-sized raw vegetables (chopped avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, etc.) (optional)
  • bite-sized cooked vegetables (beans, corn, peas, chopped artichoke hearts, etc.) (optional)
  • nuts (pistachios, walnuts, pecans, etc.) (optional)
  • seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.) (optional)
  • bite-sized pieces cheese (diced or shredded cheddar, feta, jack, etc.) (optional)
  • chopped hard-boiled egg (optional)
  • crouton (seasoned croutons, tiny crackers, Chinese noodles, etc.) (optional)
  • salad dressing (Italian, Thousand Island, Ranch, etc.)

Directions

  1. In a salad bowl, toss together chopped lettuce, tomato, and cucumber, sliced carrot and green onions, quartered radishes, and any desired optional items.
  2. OR: Arrange chopped lettuce on salad plates; then top with chopped tomato and cucumber, sliced carrot and green onions, quartered radishes, and any desired optional items.
  3. Serve with salad dressing on the side.
Most Helpful

5 5

I did this recipe up as a salad bar, since I really wanted my guests to include what they most enjoyed eating! Besides the regular ingredients listed, I included peas, corn, cauliflower, broccoli, red & yellow bell peppers, pistachios, almonds, pumpkin seeds, hard-cooked eggs, colby-jack cheese, sharp cheddar, feta, AND some homemade winter & cracked wheat croutons, as well as an aray of dressings! A bit of work (though enjoyable) & a big success, with the final bonus ~ The 2 of us had healthy salads for several days! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick-A-Chef]