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Favorite Marinated Vegetables

Toss some good-for-you veggies together with a coating of fat-free salad dressing, and you've got this ideal side dish in no time. From Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Sarah Newman writes, “The recipe is so easy, and marinating the vegetables overnight gives them a great flavor and texture. It's perfect for picnics, potlucks or other gatherings!”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1 medium cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup fat-free Italian salad dressing


  • In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, mushrooms, tomatoes and onion. Add dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 48 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable.

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  • Tasteaddicted
    Mar 31, 2015

    Delicious and so easy. I have Made it three times now. The first time I altered it very slightly by Balanchine the vegetables for 30 seconds and then putting them in iced water to stoop them cooking —though actually I thought I'd read to do that in the recipe but i must have either imagined it or read it in another similar recipe somewhere. The second time I just marinated them. Both methods came out well, but I think the blanched ones looked a little more colourful.The third time I blanched as before but forgot to put the, in iced water. Oops! So they came out less crunchy,; they tasted the same but the crunchy ones were better.This recipe has quite reconciled me to the idea/practice of eating my vegetables raw. — this way they still have wonderful crunch but the marinating makes them taste far better.

  • gratefulservant_AZ
    May 4, 2010

    It is good, healthy, and wonderful. I think I will double the fat free Italian dressing the next time