Rainbow Vegetable Kabobs
Topic: edibles, nutrition
Time to Complete: 30-45 minutes
Grade Level: Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Location(s): Indoor, Outdoor
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
vegetable kabob
Celebrate the garden with colorful kabobs of seasonal vegetables.


  • At least one vegetable representing the colors red, orange/yellow, green, blue/purple, and white
  • Kabob skewers (wooden or metal)
  • Italian dressing (or marinade combination of your choice)


  1. Collect a variety of fresh vegetables in a rainbow of colors. If possible, choose locally grown and harvested produce so your young gardeners begin to understand the seasonality of fruits and vegetables. Here are some suggestions for a fall harvest-inspired rainbow kabob:
    Red: beets, red potatoes
    Yellow/Orange:carrots, squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes
    Green:broccoli, zucchini, cabbage, green onions, Brussels sprouts
    Blue/Purple:purple cabbage, purple onions, purple potatoes
    White: turnips, potatoes, cauliflower, white onions
    Additional rainbow vegetable ideas include:
    Red:tomatoes, peppers
    Yellow/Orange:peppers, corn


rainbow vegetable kebabs on wooden cutting board

These rainbow kabobs include purple-blue beets, green Brussels sprouts, yellow pear tomatoes, orange peppers, orange sweet potatoes, red grape tomatoes, and white onions. (View larger image.)

  1. Clean all vegetables in cold running water and rinse/dry. Remove peel if applicable.
  2. Cut vegetables into bite-sized pieces and then skewer them onto wooden or metal kabob sticks. Note: Vegetables will cook more evenly if you place one type on each skewer, as shown.
  3. Place kabobs in a dish and brush with the Italian dressing (or other marinade of your choice – there are lots of great recipes out there).
  4. Roast in the oven or grill until tender.
  5. Enjoy your harvest! Talk about the benefits of eating a rainbow every day!

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