Summer vegetable party salad

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15 min


15 cups (3.75 L), for 10 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 6 minutes, Refrigeration Time: 360 minutes


  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 1 small bunch broccoli
  • 4 large carrots
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 thin green or yellow zucchini
  • 284-mL can whole mushrooms , drained
  • 398-mL can artichoke hearts , drained and quartered
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives , pitted
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Core cauliflower, then cut into bite-size pieces. Cut broccoli florets into bite-size pieces. Peel stalks and thickly slice. Slice carrots diagonally into 1/4-inch (0.5-cm) pieces. Slice celery into bite-size pieces. Core and seed peppers, then slice into thick strips. Cut zucchini lengthwise into quarters, seed if you like, then cut into 2-inch (5-cm) pieces.
  • Fill a large saucepan with 2 inches (5 cm) water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Fill a large bowl with ice water and place close to saucepan but not on heat. Add broccoli to boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Using tongs, carefully remove broccoli from water and immediately plunge into ice water. Add carrots to boiling water, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Do not remove carrots but add cauliflower, celery, peppers and zucchini. Cover and continue cooking until vegetables are brightly coloured but still crisp, from 1 to 2 minutes. Immediately drain vegetables and place in a large bowl. When broccoli is cool, gently squeeze out excess water and pat dry. Add to vegetables along with mushrooms, artichoke and olives.
  • In a small bowl, whisk vinegar with water, oil, sugar, salt, oregano, basil, garlic and pepper. Pour over vegetables and stir until mixed. Refrigerate salad immediately. When cool, cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. Drain vegetables before serving. Salad will keep well, refrigerated, for several days but broccoli may darken slightly.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 122,
  • Protein
  • 3.9 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.7 g,
  • Fat
  • 5.6 g,
  • Fibre
  • 5.5 g,
  • Sodium
  • 646 mg.

Here’s the perfect crunchy salad to pack for a picnic, potluck or buffet– no need to worry about lettuce wilting while it sits in dressing. And since it’s made with little oil, it’s great for the calorie conscious.