Garden Medley No-Lettuce Salad

by CruiseReady

Recipe: Prep time is about five minutes for this garden medley no-salad salad that gets even picky eaters to gobble up their veggies.

Need a quick, easy, and tasty alternative to regular lettuce and tomato salad? Here's a little dish that's a sort of a fresh vegetable medley. I came up with it one day when I was out of lettuce, and it was an instant hit. My husband immediately gobbled up the little test portion I'd served him, and went for seconds. I've been calling it a garden medley, but he just calls it "that good stuff."

Not only is it a healthy eating choice and a nice alternative to salad, but it's a snap to make, and if your family is like mine, they'll really like it.

We had guests for New Years Day dinner, and served this instead of a tossed salad. It was the first time I'd served it to company. The results: Compliments all around!

One of them even said, "Finally, a salad that doesn't taste like rabbit food!"

Fresh Vegetable Medley

A Salad Alternative Your Family Will Eat


Fresh Vegetable Medley is a Salad Alternative Your Family Will Eat


Try this on your picky eaters.


People who don't like greens may like this no-lettuce salad. 


Even the kids I've tried it on liked it!




All images on this page are the author's own 



Pre-Chopped Vegetables

Are My Secret Time Saver

I don't think anyone will nominate me for a cook of the month award.  Unlike some others, I see cooking as a necessary evil, NOT an enjoyable endeavor.  


So, if I can find something good to eat that's quick and easy to make, it's a good thing.  And it's even better if I can add a short cut to it.  It's not cheating, it's effective time management!


So, here's my cheat time management tip for this.  At my grocery, they sell several different varieties of pre-chopped fresh produce.  It's a real time saver, and I use them sometimes to make this particular "no-salad" salad.  Check for them in the fresh produce section.


Ready Chopped Veggies from the grocery stpre


The two I use for this dish are:


(a) Chopped Celery  and   (b) Tomato Trinity.


Tomato Trinity is chopped tomato, onion, and green pepper.  (I suspect you may be more likely to find it if you live in the South.)




Preparation time for Garden Medley using already diced vegetables:  


Just under five minutes!

Ingredient List

For Serving Two to Four


  • Diced Tomato

    Just over 1/4 cup

  • Diced Green Pepper

    About 1/4 cup

  • Diced Onion

    Just under 1/4 cup

  • Diced Celery

    Just over 1/4 cup

  • Dried Cranberries

    The special touch that makes this dish come alive. Use a good handful or two, to taste.

  • Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing

    The brand I use is Ken's Steak House, the "Lite" variety.

  • Cilantro

    You can use either fresh from the product department, or the dried kind that comes in a jar from the spices section of the grocery

  • White Pepper

    Best: fresh white peppercorns in a grinder

  • Chopped Walnuts (Optional)

Garden Medley No-Salad Salad

Garden Medley Ingredients

Quick Directions.  

1 - In serving bowl, add together the diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, celery and cranberries.   Mix to distribute evenly.

2 - Drizzle with Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing - just enough to moisten and add a little flavor.  (You don't want your veggies swimming in it.)

3 - Season to taste with white pepper and a liberal amount of cilantro.

4 - Mix, adding in chopped walnuts if desired,  and refrigerate until serving time.   

Additional Notes

Or, Hints and Tips, If You Prefer

Garden Medley on a Dinner PlateNOTES:  

1) The amounts in the above list of ingredients make enough Vegetable Medley No-Salad Salad for dinner for the two of us, with enough left over for lunch the next day.  It keeps fine in the fridge until then.   For a larger group, increase  the amount of each vegetable amount accordingly.

2) Make ahead of time, and refrigerate while you prepare the remainder of the meal.

3) Vary the ratios of vegetables to your own taste.  For example, I like to add a little extra celery.

4) I use a single small plain glass Pyrex storage dish for mixing, serving and storing.  (The fewer messed up dishes, the better!)

How Do You Dice Veggies?

When you need to chop or dice several different vegetables, how do you prefer to do it?
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Being the lazy cook that I am, I prefer either the first or the last option!
Updated: 04/01/2017, CruiseReady
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CruiseReady on 07/20/2015

Last night, we tried something new with this mixture - we added a bit of fresh spinach, and it was quite tasty, but I still like it without anything leafy.

blackspanielgallery on 07/18/2015

This looks good. I personally like lettuce, but not everyone does, so an alternative salad is nice.

CruiseReady on 07/16/2015

We had some of this salad again jut yesterday, and I'm happy to report that hubby asked for seconds.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/14/2015

CruiseReady, Thank you for sharing. Everything looks and sounds great! In particular, I always like recipes that include cranberries, walnuts, and white pepper. It seems appealing to me both with and without shredded lettuce since I'm someone who also tends not to turn down fresh cabbage or lettuce.

CruiseReady on 06/04/2015

We've done it both ways, but like it better without. We found shredded lettuce to be the best match for the smaller chopped ingredients.

MBC on 06/04/2015

Looks delicious but I would go ahead and add the lettuce.

CruiseReady on 06/03/2015

Oooooooh! That sounds good! Thanks for the idea. I am going to try that.

AngelaJohnson on 06/03/2015

I love salads but they have to have lots of "extras" so there aren't too many salad greens. I usually use hard boiled eggs like candy47 does.

Sometimes I add canned mandarine oranges to my salads That might taste good in your dish, too; perhaps cutting the slices in half to match the size of your other ingredients.

CruiseReady on 05/11/2015

Interesting thought. I may have to try that. Thanks for the suggestion!

candy47 on 05/11/2015

My salads are always without lettuce, I just don't see the point of eating lettuce!! I love all the ingredients that you've incorporated in your salads for flavor, texture and color. I might add hard boiled egg too!

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