50 Healthy Colourful Recipes | olivemagazine

We have plenty of rainbow recipes, including turmeric recipes and lots of super greens, for midweek meals and healthy lunch ideas.

Our top 30 healthy colourful recipes

1. Turmeric and mango lassi

This turmeric and mango lassi recipe is sunshine in a bottle. Turmeric has plenty of health benefits too, making this the ultimate feel-good drink. Ideal for a hot summer’s day to quench your thirst.

Two milk bottles of yellow mango lassi

2. Supergreen smoothie

Our vibrant supergreen smoothie is set to give you a boost inside and out. Super quick to make, this is a refreshing drink to take on the go while getting in those essential nutrients. Cucumber, spinach, lime and kiwi makes a great flavour combination and avocado adds a lovely creamy texture.

3. Breakfast smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are the ultimate on-trend rainbow recipe, and we think our vibrant breakfast bowl is the perfect way to start the day with a whole lot of colour. Unleash your creative side when it comes to toppings. We have plenty more healthy breakfast ideas here.

Acai Smoothie Bowl Topped with Berries and Seeds

4. Gochujang roast sweet potato with mixed grain salad

Pack plenty of texture into this nourishing vegetarian salad with roast sweet potatoes, mixed grains, radishes and cucumber, lifted with a punchy dressing.

Sweet Potato Salad Recipe With Mixed Grains

5. Warm red rice, herb and salmon salad

Try this nutritious, spice-packed rice salad with cucumber and tomato for a healthy midweek meal.

Warm Salad Recipe with Red Rice and Salmon

6. Baked orzo with harissa prawns

Flavour prawns with harissa, dill, garlic and lemon, then serve swirled through orzo for a speedy but sophisticated dinner that’s delicious, filling and rich in protein.

Baked Orzo with Harissa Prawns and Lemon on a Blue Plate

7. Prawn and red cabbage summer rolls with cashew butter dipping sauce

These fresh prawn and red cabbage summer rolls are packed with punchy herbs and crunchy vegetables, a great summertime meal.

Prawn and Red Cabbage Summer Rolls with Cashew Butter Dipping Sauce

8. California scramble

This California scramble is a quick and easy vegetarian meal for one – try for breakfast, brunch or a quick midweek meal.

California Scramble Recipe

9. Spring greens shakshuka

Shakshuka is typically comprised of spices, eggs and tomatoes, but here we’ve decided to mix things up a little… making it green and healthy with asparagus tips and broad beans. This dish is loaded with plenty of gut-healthy fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Green shakshuka in a white pan

10. Pepper, date and harissa tagine

This tagine makes a feature of meltingly soft peppers, but you could add any summery veg to the base sauce – chunks of squash or courgette work great, or why not switch it up according to what’s in season?

Pepper, date and harissa tagine in a serving bowl

11. Vegetable fried rice with turmeric

Try our vibrant turmeric-fried rice. This colourful recipe is packed with crunchy veg and punchy flavours, plus it’s really straightforward to make. See more of our favourite turmeric recipes.

Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe with Turmeric

12. Vegan dhansak curry

Cook aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils for a hearty yet healthy version of a curry house staple.

Vegan Aubergine Curry in a Large Dish with Naan Bread

13. Turkey tikka burgers with light coronation slaw

Check out these punchy turkey tikka burgers with a light yet creamy coronation slaw. These easy burgers are simple to make, and are packed with plenty of flavour. This recipe offers a unique way to include more fresh, raw vegetables into your diet for added fibre and nutrients.

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Turkey Burger Recipe Tikka-Style With Coronation Slaw

14. Lamb and dill meatballs with horiatiki salad

Looking for a light option for lunch or dinner? Prepare a zingy Greek-style salad to serve with healthy homemade lamb meatballs. Lamb is not only rich in protein, but it also offers an impressive nutritional profile including iron, zinc and vitamin B12.

Lamb and dill meatballs with horitaki salad

15. Cajun salmon with rosemary sweet potato wedges

This super-easy salmon recipe packs a punch with its spicy Cajun seasoning and rosemary sweet potato wedges. Providing 39.5g of protein, as well as skin-healthy beta carotene and potassium, this is a great a midweek meal for two.

Cajun salmon with rosemary sweet potato wedges

16. Salmon traybake

Traybakes, the midweek saviours. This vibrant, curried salmon dish is full of omega-3 fats and antioxidants – great for healthy skin and mind. Serve as is or add a nutritious grain like brown rice or spelt.

Salmon Tray Bake Recipe

17. Warm red pepper hummus with coriander chicken breasts

Want an easy midweek dinner that’s high in protein and low in salt? Try our pan-fried coriander chicken with vibrant, homemade red pepper hummus. Hummus is a great way of adding some fibre-rich plant protein to a meal, and the roasted red peppers provide vitamin A, potassium, folate and antioxidants.

Chicken and hummus on a plate

18. Griddled chicken with rice and mango salad

This easy griddled chicken breast with juicy mango dressing is light, high in protein and ready in just 35 minutes. The sweet mango and fresh vegetables offer fibre and antioxidants. The wild rice keeps you feeling full and energised.

Discover even more chicken salad recipes.

Chicken and Mango Salad Dressing Recipe with Rice

19. Spicy peanut butter chicken breast

Serve up a healthy supper for two in just 30 minutes. This chicken dinner sees roasted chicken paired with vegetable-spiked rice and a crunchy peanut butter and sriracha dressing.

Roast chicken breast with spicy peanut sauce

20. Crunchy veg and smoked tofu salad with sesame dressing

Try our vibrant salad recipe with crispy golden tofu and crunchy vegetables. This easy dish is vegan-friendly, high in protein and full of nutrients.

Smoked Tofu Salad Recipe with Sesame Dressing and Veg

21. Roast broccoli with lentils and preserved lemon

This recipe for roast broccoli with lentils and preserved lemon makes for a really easy midweek meal for one. It’s light, vegetarian and ready in under and hour but still delivers big, punchy flavours. You’re welcome.

Roast broccoli with lentils and preserved lemon

22. Roasted veg and feta grain salad

Check out our nourishing vegetable salad recipe with roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes and onions. Ready in 45 minutes, this simple salad will make an easy midweek meal for two.

Roasted Veggie Salad with Feta

23. Red pepper soup

A vibrant and antioxidant-rich red soup recipe, perfect for sunny days. You’ll need plenty of red pepper, garlic and dried chilli flakes for this one.

Several bowls of red pepper soup, with a swirl of creme fraiche

24. Temaki hand roll

Our colourful vegan temaki rolls are healthy and super easy to make, ideal for an easy lunchtime treat. The dipping sauce with soy, fresh red chilli and sesame seeds is a winning accompaniment.

Temaki Hand Roll Recipe

25. Roasted carrots with tahini and pomegranate

Full of flavour with gorgeous fresh colours, this roasted carrot with tahini and pomegranate recipe is a delicious and healthy side dish to complement any meal.

Roasted carrots with tahini and pomegranate

26. Moroccan cauliflower salad

What a way to make cauliflower shine! Roast your florets with ras el hanout, dried cranberries, dates, nuts and pomegranate seeds, then drizzle the whole lot with a tahini and mint dressing for a show-stoppingly colourful salad.

Moroccan Cauliflower Salad

27. Cauliflower, walnut and apple salad

Make your salad so much more exciting with thinly sliced cauliflower florets, cubed apples, raisins, toasted walnuts and a quick mustard dressing.

A cauliflower salad with parsley and apple cubes

28. Ginger chicken noodle salad

Toss nutty soba noodles, shredded chicken, crunchy sesame seeds and fresh aromatic herbs with a zingy ginger dressing for a high-protein lunch.

A wooden table topped with a noodle and shredded veg salad, with a pair of black chopsticks on the side

29. Healthy tacos

Stuffed with smoky courgette, zesty black beans, pickled red onion and creamy avocado, these healthy tacos are bursting with flavour – they happen to be vegan, too.

Taco Topped with Sliced Charred Courgette, Black Beans and Red Onion

30. Healthy cod and rice one-pot

Save on the washing-up with this easy one-pot filled with fragrant basil, sweet tomatoes and plump, juicy hunks of cod.

Ceramic cooking pot filled with rice and fillets of cod, with a green napkin

31. Aubergine chilli

Charred aubergine gives this vegan chilli a delicious, smoky depth, making it a great family midweek meat alternative.

two bowls of veggie chilli with sour cream and lime, and a side of rice

32. Moroccan-style stuffed peppers

The sweet flavour and soft texture of roasted peppers pairs beautifully with chickpeas and rose harissa in this classic recipe.

Moroccan stuffed peppers

33. Broccoli and peanut soba noodles

This recipe for broccoli and peanut soba noodles is really easy to make and ready in 20 minutes or less. The fresh greens are a great combination with the noodles while the roasted peanuts adds a crunchy texture to the dish.

Soba Noodles in a Bowl with Broccoli, Peanuts and Limes

34. Spinach, chickpea and potato curry

Try our lightly-spiced vegan curry for a wholesome midweek meal for four. Make the most of storecupboard ingredients such as chickpeas and chopped tomatoes in this flavoursome dish.

Spinach, Chickpea and Potato Curry in a Silver Pan

35. Salmon poke bowl

This easy salmon poke bowl makes a bright and colourful dinner. Match salmon, red pepper and sushi rice with a spicy dressing made from soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, sriracha and lime juice.

Bowl of sushi rice topped with raw salmon and vegetables

36. Healthy spinach omelette

This healthy omelette is a satisfying vegetarian lunch, topped with creamed spinach and juicy cherry tomatoes – we’ve lowered the fat by replacing cream with light soft cheese and milk.

Omelette Stuffed with Spinach with Tomatoes on the Side

37. Taco bowl

A wholesome dish with plenty of colours and textures, this taco bowl is a riot of homemade salsa, spiced beef, herby rice, corn tortilla chips and plenty of cheese.

A colourful bowl of rice, black beans, avocado, beef and sweetcorn

38. Healthy fried rice

Cubes of chewy, golden paneer are tossed through fragrant fried rice for a healthy twist on a classic, flavoured with ginger, garlic, chilli and curry powder.

A silver pan of rice with vegetables with a serving spoon on a stone board next to wedges of lime

39. Sweet potato and lentil curry

This golden bowl of vegan curry is made with sweet potatoes, red split lentils, coconut milk and plenty of spices.

Sweet potato and lentil curry

40. Aubergine teriyaki bowls

Our 30-minute vibrant vegan recipe is packed with fresh flavours of crunchy radishes, fiery ginger and zesty lime.

Teriyaki Aubergine Bowls with Radishes and Chopsticks

41. Salad Niçoise

A classic French-style salad, piled high with baby potatoes, red onion, eggs, Little Gem lettuce, olives, tuna and capers. Serve with a tangy honey-mustard dressing.

Bowl of tuna Niçoise salad next to honey mustard dressing pot

42. Orzo, bean and tuna salad

Turn storecupboard ingredients into this vibrant, nutritious orzo salad with roasted red peppers, tuna, green beans and black olives.

Orzo, bean and tuna salad with black olives on a plate

43. Chicken satay noodle salad

Check out our easy chicken salad with rice noodles, red cabbage, shredded carrots and roasted peanuts. This vibrant crunchy salad is low in calories and ready in an hour.

Satay Chicken Noodle Salad Recipe

44. Cauliflower couscous salad

Check out our vibrant roast cauliflower salad with giant couscous, crispy fried onions and a punchy zhoug dressing. This easy salad is vegan and low in calories, too.

Cauliflower Couscous Salad Recipe with Zhoug

45. Baked cod and butter beans

Flaky, pearly-white cod with a rosemary parmesan crust, served on a sweet cherry tomato and butter bean sauce. It’s a great midweek meal.

Baked cod and butter beans in a casserole dish

46. Paneer and chickpea curry

This one-pan curry is a quick, healthy and easy midweek meal. Using a tikka paste takes any effort out of dinner but still adds lots of flavour – it’s a great fridge-raider to have on hand.

A white plate topped with a chickpea and paneer curry with two chapatis on the side

47. Vietnamese dumpling noodle bowl

Inspired by Vietnamese bun cha gio, this quick nourishing noodle dish is crunchy from the crispy pan-fried gyozas and the colourful fresh herbs and veg.

A Bowl of Dumplings, Fresh Veg and Noodles with Chopsticks on a Wooden Surface

48. Lamb meatball shakshuka

Take your shakshuka to the next level with cumin lamb meatballs for a hearty family meal. Serve with flatbreads for scooping up the sauce.

Shakshuka Recipe with Lamb Meatballs

49. Hummus, kale and coriander noodles

Check out this easy vegan salad recipe with crunchy kale, fiery ginger and topped with a creamy hummus and peanut butter dressing – an easy midweek meal for two.

Easy Soba Noodle Recipe with Hummus and Kale served on a dark metal dish on a dark blue table

50. Sri Lankan veggie curry

Sri Lankan curries are heavily spiced, chilli-hot and rich with coconut milk. This version is easy, vegan and under 500 calories.

Sri Lankan Vegetarian Curry Recipe

Tracey Raye is the health editor for olive and BBC Good Food. Tracey, MSc, is a registered nutritionist, holding a master’s degree in personalised nutrition. She is passionate about harnessing the power of all things health and well-being in a way that enhances, rather than limits, our lives. She covers our nourishing recipes and collections, oversees our health strategy and stays adrift of the latest health and lifestyle trends in order to bring you the tools and inspiration you need to find what health means for you.

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