Show Your PRIDE with a Rainbow of Salad Toppings  

By Sarah VanEerden, RDN

Bring the PRIDE celebration to your plate with a rainbow of salad toppings. Gone are the days of basic chef’s salads – mix and match your greens with a colorful batch of plant-forward toppings! Tapping into the ROY-G-BIV spectrum will make your warm-weather creations more interesting, more flavorful and more nutritious.   

Adding more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans means amplifying your plate’s nutrient diversity, and we all know diversity is the spice of life! A broader selection of vitamins and minerals is proven to support the body’s inflammation-fighting efforts. Eating more colorful plant foods also means you’ll get more fiber, helping support your gut and reduce your risk of chronic disease.  

Use this guide to rethink your salads, painting your plate with a rainbow of nutritious – and delicious – topping! For a foolproof plan, check out Vitality’s Rainbow PRIDE Salad for a tasty take on every color.  


Apple. Strawberry. Radish. Tomato. Red pepper. Pomegranate seeds. Sun dried tomato. Roasted red pepper. Red cabbage. Raspberries.   


Mandarin oranges. Orange pepper. Carrot. Sweet potato. Apricots. Cantaloupe. Peaches. Salmon. Shrimp.   


Corn. Yellow tomatoes. Yellow pepper. Summer squash. Pineapple. Starfruit. Asian pears. Hominy.  


Greens. Broccoli. Zucchini. Green grapes. Kiwi. Green beans. Avocado. Okra. Celery. Green peas. Green apples. D’anjou pears. Pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds). Pistachios.  


Blueberries. Kale. Concord grapes. Damson plums. Bleu cheese.   


Red onion. Radicchio. Beets. Purple carrots. Purple asparagus. Purple cauliflower. Purple basil. Figs. Eggplant. Blackberries.   

PRIDE Rainbow Salad  

½ c strawberries, sliced  

½ c shredded carrots  

½ c yellow cherry tomatoes, halved  

2 c romaine lettuce, chopped  

½ c blueberries  

1 c red cabbage, shredded  

¼ c pistachios, crushed  

Creamy Vinaigrette  

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar  

2 tablespoon olive oil  

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup  

3 tablespoons hummus   

2 tablespoons water  

¼ tsp salt  

⅛ tsp black pepper  


Combine the salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Shake the vinaigrette ingredients in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid. Drizzle the dressing over top when ready to serve and enjoy immediately. For a bit of extra fun, arrange the toppings in a pinwheel pattern in rainbow order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple!  

Sarah Van Eerden - Vitality
Sarah VanEerden is a Registered Dietitian and a Marketing Specialist with Vitality. She earned her B.S. at Michigan State University and has a passion for making the healthy choice the easy choice. She’s an experimental cook and a terrible baker, and she loves diving into home improvement projects and music in her free time.

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