Rainbow Garden Salad

Rainbow garden salad

There’s something magical about summer produce, don’t you think? Today, as part of our month of salads, we’re sharing a recipe featuring the most colorful vegetables this season has to offer. Jodi Moreno, author of More with Less, shows how to make it…

Rainbow Garden Salad
From Jodi Moreno’s More with Less

If you come to my house in the summer, chances are that I will serve you this easy-to-throw-together salad. It is a weekly standby in the summer when my garden, the farm stand and the supermarkets are overflowing with eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini. Simply roasted with some olive oil, all in the same pan, the flavors represent the best of the summer season.

Recipe: Rainbow Garden Salad
Serves 4

You’ll need:

For the roasted vegetables:
2 large Japanese eggplants (the long, thin variety), cubed
2 medium zucchinis, cubed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

For the quinoa:
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
Sea salt
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp champagne or white wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper

To serve:
2 large handfuls of arugula

To roast the vegetables, preheat the oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and put the veggies on it. Drizzle the olive oil over the veggies and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until all of the veggies are tender and caramelized.

To make the quinoa, put the quinoa and water in a medium saucepan with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Once the quinoa is done cooking, remove the lid, fluff with a fork and allow to cool. When the quinoa is cooled to your liking, toss it with the olive oil and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

In a large serving bowl, first add the arugula, then the quinoa and finish with the veggies on top. I like to arrange the veggies each in a row, to look like a rainbow.

Thank you so much, Jodi! Your cookbook is beautiful.

P.S. More recipes, including the best chopped salad and a tomato and ricotta tart.

(From More with Less: Whole Food Cooking Made Irresistibly Simple by Jodi Moreno © 2018 by Jodi Moreno. Reprinted in arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Thanks to Franny Eremin for helping with this series.)

  1. Katy says...

    What are the orange veggies in the pic?

    • Karinny says...

      The tomatoes, the light makes them look orange

  2. This salad sounds delicious. Also the way you served it makes me want to try it. May I ask where you got that beautiful bowl from?


  3. Beautiful! I love salads that aren’t all lettuce :) I make a bunch of similar salads (especially in the summer) and call them Big Ass Salads !!

  4. Lesley says...


  5. I’ve been doing a variation of this these last few weeks; buying whichever vegetables strike my fancy at the farmers market (lately it’s been tomatoes, zucchini, and mushrooms) and roasting them with olive oil, salt and pepper. I use them all week mixed into omelettes, pasta, quinoa, tacos – so healthy and so good!

  6. Jennie says...

    Another grill tip! Think of your grill as an oven (really easy if it is a gas one) and try cooking on a sheet pan on indirect heat. Cast iron works wonderfully of course too.

    Girl and the Grill ;-)

  7. Faith says...

    My fiance made a similar recipe last night, but instead of putting it in the oven (because it’s way too hot for that!) we put the veggies in a cast iron skillet on the grill. Worked out perfectly!

  8. Andrea says...

    This summer is all about the main dish salad for lunch! I might throw some marinated bocconcini in here to boost the protein and may swap out the dressing for a balsamic vinaigrette. Looks delicious! I like being able to roast a bunch of vegetables at once and then hold them in the fridge for lunches throughout the week.

  9. maja says...

    dear Joanna and Cup of Jo-team, unrelated to this post, but thank you for this blog. I love to read both your posts and often also other reader’s comments. More and more I feel that the World is becoming such a dark and sad place and so much injustice is happening, and sometimes, I just feel such hopelessness. I’m Swedish and I think that this in part is because I live in such a small country that has little power in the world and I cant do anything to change things or raise opinion in matters such as the separated families at your borders, which makes me feel sick to my stomach. It chills my soul that a modern super power can commit these horrible crimes, with no other World leaders protesting, without the UN raising hell about it, Amnesty international protesting… it has been so silent about this until now when platforms like this one have spoken up. I might be naive but I just never thought this could happen in modern times, in a modern country. As a European I often feel like we are lightyears away from American values and politics and the overall feeling is just “ok but it’s what they want, voted for, what can we do”. Rerading cup of jo reminds me of what I really know but still need reminding, that a lot of Americans are a lot more like us Europeans, that we are closer in more ways than we are not. we all just want to be safe, to live in a democracy, to have basic human rights and for our kids to have an even better Life than us. most of us are mothers and we share our concerns and joys in the same ways. it’s just such a wonderful way to hear the individual voices of the big, and sometimes very distant population in the US. I don’t understand or like everything that you guys do :) but it gives me comfort to know that you’re over there fighting and making your voices heard in ways that I just can’t do (i don’t have a senator to call :)). Please keep fighting so that no child is separated at the border, for abortion rights, for gay rights, for women’s rights… what you do, your politicians do, it affects all of us. The US still sets a tone and a standard in the World in so many ways. We need you – please stay strong!

    • Kim G says...

      Actually, the majority of Americans did not vote for that man.
      Please keep that in mind.

    • sasha says...

      Maja, as an American who very much shares your values, thank you for this. Our electoral system is needlessly complex. In the last election, more Americans voted for the losing candidate than the winner. Many of us share your values, your hopes for the future of our shared planet. It helps my heart in this dark time to know that many people in other countries haven’t given up on us, that you still believe we are mostly good people who want justice and equality for all. I know it must be hard to continue to believe that given the current situation. Our country’s reality is far from it’s ideals, and always has been, but many of us are working hard every day to change that.

    • Andrea says...

      Yet sadly most white women voted for him!

  10. Cheryl says...

    This looks amazing. Unfortunately, where I live, 40 minutes at 400 degrees isn’t exactly summer cooking. The A/C is already running at full bore! Could you grill the veggies instead?

    • Heather D says...

      I was thinking this same thing. Even a 30 minute oven bake heats my house up by about 8 degrees until nighttime. Not worth it! I bet you could grill these and they’d be delicious.

    • Faith says...

      Oops, my reply to your comment didn’t show up! You can totally put the veggies in a cast iron skillet on the grill instead of using an oven. It’s already too hot for indoor cooking in Philly, so I can relate!