10 Rainbow Vegetable and Savory Rainbow Recipes

Rainbow recipes aren’t just for rainbow desserts. You can also make a savory recipe worthy of your favorite unicorn with a variety of rainbow vegetables.

Whether you’re celebrating Pride or simply wanting to add color to your meals, adding a colorful rainbow of veggies can brighten up any occasion. In this roundup post, you’ll discover all the savory rainbow recipes that are as delicious as they are eye-catching.

four images of rainbow bowls and plates with rainbow veggies on the top left, rainbow salad on the top right, rainbow poke bowl bottom left, and rainbow pizza bottom right.

Vegetables by color

You can create a veggie rainbow either by using the vegetables, raw or cooked, or by using vegetables as food dyes. Here’s are some suggestions for color options:

 

  • Red: bell peppers, tomatoes, red carrots, radishes, beets
  • Orange: carrots, peppers, tomatoes sweet potatoes and squash, orange cauliflower
  • Yellow: corn, yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, yellow carrots, summer squash, beets
  • Green: spinach and other greens, avocado, broccoli, zucchini, cucumber, peas or edamame, celery
  • Blue: Blue corn (though I can never find it) or purple potatoes can appear blue-ish. Just check out my rainbow pizza below!
  • Purple: purple sweet potato, purple cauliflower or carrots, red cabbage, radishes, purple peas (raw), or chive blossoms

Why blue foods are rare

Few vegetables or grains naturally exhibit a blue hue, with blue corn and certain types of potatoes being exceptions. This rarity makes blue foods stand out, but also means they might not always be included in the savory rainbow recipes below unless you mess around with acid-base chemistry.

glass of blue cabbage water next to baking soda, glass of purple cabbage water and purple cabbage, and red cabbage water next to vinegar.

Impact of cooking on vegetable colors

One of the challenges in making rainbow veggie recipes is that some vegetables will lose their vibrant colors when cooked. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve made a rainbow recipe only to find that my roasted eggplant turned brown or my purple peas became green!

You might be able to retain color in your cooked veggies by blanching them or adding a bit of acid like lemon juice or vinegar. If the color is critical, you might do a test of your vegetable to see how it turns out, like the pink-purple cauliflower that I broiled and boiled.

pieces of purple cauliflower on a plate that are raw and pink, a darker broiled purple, and a pale lavender floret.

The savory rainbow recipes

Go simple with a rainbow veggie tray. Pick your favorite veggies you can find and arrange them in rainbow order with your favorite dip like this red kidney bean hummus or golden beet dip.

tomatoes, radishes, peppers, carrot sticks cucumber slices, celery, and purple cauliflower florets arranged in rainbow order with a small bowl of mauve colored dip on a square wood tray.

Take it one step further and make a rainbow salad or grain bowl. Top mixed greens or grains with a variety rainbow vegetables for dinner in a bowl.

bowl filled with foods in rainbow order including purple carrots, tomatoes, red pepper, chickpeas, orange and yellow pepper, broccoli, blueberries, red onion, and radishes.
Rainbow Salad Bowl with Maple Dijon Dressing
This rainbow salad bowl with maple Dijon dressing makes a colorful main course salad. Or serve it on the side with a simple main course.
Rainbow Salad Bowl
poke bowl with sliced seared tuna, sushi crab salad, japanese scrambled eggs, and a rainbow colored array of vegetables.
Rainbow Poke Bowl
This everything-in-a-bowl rainbow poke bowl has seared tuna, crab sushi salad, and Japanese scrambled egg. Eat the rainbow!
Rainbow Poke Bowl
Vibrant Rainbow Buddha Bowl
Vibrant Rainbow Buddha Bowl
A vibrant, healthy, colorful, and fun rainbow bowl recipe. This rainbow buddha bowl is bursting with nutrition and is naturally vegan and gluten-free.
Check out this recipe

Or roll them up and make rainbow rolls and wraps. Use colorful vegetables like avocado, cucumber, bell peppers, and purple cabbage to create stunning rolls.

Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls - Rainbow Rolls!
Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls – Rainbow Rolls!
These cute vegetarian rice paper rolls are bursting with flavour! Stuffed with teriyaki tofu & surrounded by all the colours of the veggie rainbow.
Check out this recipe
Vegan Veggie Rainbow Wraps
Vegan Veggie Rainbow Wraps
Vegan Veggie Rainbow Wraps are made with colorful veggies rolled up in soft spinach tortillas with vegan herbed cream cheese.
Rainbow Veggie Wraps
Photo credit: thecarrotunderground.com

You can also cook your rainbow veggies if you’re careful about colors. Make rainbow veggie skewers by threading red, orange, yellow, green, and purple vegetables onto skewers. Grill or roast for a colorful and healthy side dish.

Roasted Rainbow Vegetables
Roasted Rainbow Vegetables
This Roasted Rainbow Vegetables with Tahini Dressing dish is a sheet pan recipe in a variety of colors. A fun way to eat your veggies!
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Take it a step further with a rainbow pizza. Top a pizza crust with red sauce, then arrange toppings in colorful sections—red tomatoes; red, orange, and yellow bell peppers; poblano peppers; and thinly sliced purple potatoes.

rainbow vegetable pizza on pizza pan with sun-dried tomatoes, bell peppers, poblano pepper, and purple potato slices in rainbow order.
Rainbow Veggie Pizza
Rainbow Veggie Pizzas are an easy and fun twist on pizza night! Perfect for celebrating Pride, kids' parties, or simply adding a burst of color your dinner table, rainbow pizza is a great way to eat the rainbow with a bright rainbow of vegetables.
Rainbow Pizza

You can make other savory rainbow veggie dishes like pastas and tacos by mixing a variety of colorful vegetables into the dish. Personally, I’d love to see that rainbow pasta dish made with rainbow farfalle!

Creamy Rainbow Vegetable Pasta with Lemon and Parmesan
Creamy Rainbow Vegetable Pasta with Lemon and Parmesan
This creamy vegetable pasta recipe is a classic springtime pasta primavera-style dish that is sure to be a crowd pleaser in any season!
Check out this recipe
twelve farfalle arranged in a circle with two sets of rainbow colors.
Vegan Rainbow Tacos | Gluten Free, Easy - The Kitchen Docs
Vegan Rainbow Tacos | Gluten Free, Easy – The Kitchen Docs
These easy vegan rainbow tacos are filled with bomb salsa tofu meat, sauteed vegetables, and a delicious tangy coleslaw.
Check out this recipe

These savory rainbow recipes are perfect for adding color and fun to dinnertime. I personally love experimenting to see if I can turn every meal into a rainbow.

I hope you found something in this list of rainbow vegetable recipes and other rainbow foods to make your life a little more colorful and delicious. Don’t forget to share your rainbow creations with me on your favorite social media platform or in my Facebook group!

Are you an adventurous home cook looking for inspiration in your weeknight meals and weekend baking? Get inspiration here:

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