Rainbow Salad

Your little girls will love making this rainbow salad recipe with you because they get to pick out the ingredients. This colorful rainbow salad is perfect on a spring day, and it’s refreshing on a hot summer day.

Rainbow salad
Rainbow Salad for Kids

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A Little Chef Story

I was one proud grandma that my Little Chef grand was excited about cooking and wanted her own cookbooks. My daughter said one day Little Chef picked out a recipe from one of the cookbooks and they went to the store to get the ingredients. That evening Little Chef made dinner with only a little help from her mom.

Order kids cookbooks that you think your little one will love.

Taking Little Chef to the Grocery Store

So Little Chef and I went to the grocery store the second day her parents were on their trip. Little Chef said she wanted to make this salad because it had all the rainbow colors and is healthy. She already knew most of the ingredients she wanted to use.

Produce Section

We headed to the produce section as she picked out every item that she wanted for her recipe. The ingredients needed to be as close as possible to the order of rainbow colors.

Rainbow Colors

  1. red
  2. orange
  3. yellow
  4. green
  5. blue
  6. indigo
  7. violet

Little Chef liked choosing the red and green vegetables the best. Like strawberries and watermelon. Lettuce, grapes, and avocado (her fav).

The picture below shows that the indigo and violet colors were stacked pretty high. Blackberries, blueberries, grapes, cabbage.

Fresh Fruits and Raw Veggies

  • Red, orange, yellow, and green bell peppers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Kiwi
  • Red, yellow, or green apples with the skin on
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew melon

Feel free to change these ingredients to your choices for the rainbow salad recipe.

Rainbow salad
Rainbow Salad for Kids

You will love making this beautiful rainbow salad with your little one as I did with Little Chef. You may need to do prep work, like washing and slicing veggies. However, little girls can find fun in the prep work as well.

Rainbow Salad Prep
Rainbow Salad Prep

She arranged the salad.

Rainbow salad
Rainbow Salad for Kids

We served our rainbow salad in a large rectangle glass dish. However, it would look pretty on any large platter.  That’s because it’s easier to spread out.

I like to use simple disposable white trays sometimes. No need to worry about them being broken by little hands.

But it’s fun to use different colors for a more decorative look. For instance, the copper tray and platters shown here are bright and colorful. And you will make your little girl’s day by letting her use your best dishes.


Rainbow Salad
Rainbow Salad for Kids

This turned out to be a delicious and absolutely fun meal with the kids. Serve in fun bowls, white bowls, or whatever bowls the little chef would like to use.

Rainbow Salad Served

If you and your little chef make the rainbow salad, I would love to know how yours turns out. Use our recipe  or ask your little chef to choose the ingredients.

Rainbow Salad for Kids

healthy fruit and veggie rainbow salad for kids

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword salads
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup Sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup watermelon slices
  • 1 cup sliced oranges
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 sliced yellow summer squash
  • 1 cup small sliced celery sticks
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup green grapes
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 sliced cucumber
  • 1 large avocado slices
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup shredded red/purple cabbage
  • 1 cup purple grapes
  • 1/2 cup blackberries


  1. Wash the fruits and vegetables.

  2. Organize them in rainbow color order on the counter of table.

  3. Place the fruits, veggies, and the cheese in order into a dish or onto a platter.

  4. Serve in bowls.

  5. Serve with crackers if desired.

Recipe Notes

The ingredient measurements in the recipe are approximately what Little Chef and I used but maybe not exactly. Use the amount you prefer. 

Little Chef and her siblings have a most favorite food they often ask me to make. Pancakes. Check out the mini pancakes below.

Other Foods for Kids

Easy Breakfast for Kids 

Mini Pancakes

Pancake Foldover

pancake sandwiches
Blueberry Pancake Egg Foldover

Homemade Bread

I made this bread for my grandkids, and they liked it so very much. We had different breakfast meals out of this one. Oh so yummy good.

homemade bread
Homemade Yeast Bread

Thank you for visiting Kitchen Southern Hospitality. I love cooking with my little grandchildren. When I showed Little Chef this blog post being published, she took it all in and said “Wow!”

The effort you put into teaching your children and grandchildren how to cook from a young age will pay off. Some day, they’ll be the one in charge of the meals and invite you as a guest.

This rainbow salad is in Full Plate Thursday. Visit to see all the beautiful food and recipes.


  1. What a cutie! This is such a fun idea for preschool snack too!

    1. Author

      Thank you. She and I had the best time grocery shopping for her rainbow salad (totally her creation). And she loved making this beautiful salad.

  2. Such a fun platter to make. I know my daughter would love to get hands-on with making this! Especially since she can pick all the fruits and veggies she likes most.

    1. Author

      Yes, for sure. My little granddaughter had so much fun through the whole process of creating her rainbow salad.

  3. This salad looks great and definitely seems like something everyone will enjoy making and eating. Love it!

    1. Author

      Thank you. It was delicious. I loved the variety of the rainbow salad. Such fun.

    1. Author

      Jacqueline, yes, it is. I had the best fun watching my little granddaughter choosing all the ingredients and designing it carefully as she made the salad. A great kitchen recipe activity for kids.

  4. This rainbow salad is so pretty and so simple to make! Thanks for this recipe!

    1. Author

      Thank you! My little granddaughter had fun making it!

  5. Love a rainbow salad. My salads tend to be just two colors, some greens and tomatoes and it makes a meal quite sad. To be fair, when times get busy, it’s hard to make a plate look beautiful, but I’ll put more effort in after this recipe!

    1. Author

      I’m glad that the rainbow salad could bring some inspiration.

  6. Such a great recipe! I love how kid friendly this is and letting the kids help is always such a fun experience!

  7. Love it when I can have my kids cook with me! This looks so fun!

    1. Author

      It was so much fun. I love cooking with my grandkids. They get so excited when they get to help in the kitchen.

  8. Gosh look at all those beautiful, bright colors! Perfect salad and so pretty too!

    1. Author

      Thank you, yes, it was my granddaughter’s idea to make a rainbow salad. The outcome was fun!

  9. Brilliant idea! Seriously, this salad is such a great way to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. But also… now that I’ve made this, I’m arranging all my salads and vegetables in rainbow patterns. 🙂 Thanks for such a great idea!

    1. Author

      Rebecca, thank you for your comment. Okay, I’m ready now to see your creative rainbow dishes. Isn’t it fun?!

  10. We sure enjoyed featuring your awesome post this week on Full Plate Thursday,550!Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Author

      Oh my, I was in the hospital with Covid pneumonia and didn’t realize the Rainbow Salad for Kids was included in the 550 feature. Sweet.

    1. Author

      Nart, thank you! I agree. I just love how pretty the rainbow salad is and love eating it.

  11. I’m always on the lookout for salad recipes. I make them daily, either for lunch or for dinner, specially in the summer. Yours is so colorful and looks so refreshing! This recipe is a keeper!

    1. Author

      Thank you so much. It is totally grandkid-designed. My six-year-old granddaughter chose the ingredients and made the salad herself.

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