June is LGBTQ Pride Month, which celebrates, commemorates and honors the June 28th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. In this historic turning point, patrons of a gay bar (called the Stonewall Inn) fought against a police raid. As law enforcement officers aggressively hauled customers out of the bar and onto the streets, their actions sparked retaliation from community members in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan that lasted six days. This incident was crucial to catalyzing decades of civil-rights fights in the pursuit of equal love for all, to move us to where we are today.
In 2015, same-sex marriage was (finally, FINALLY!!) legalized by the Supreme Court on June 26, and in 2016, former President Obama made a Presidential Proclamation officially declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Month. He also declared the Stonewall Inn the country’s first monument to the gay rights struggle. But why the rainbow? In 1978, San Fransisco artist Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow LGBTQ flag as representation of love for all, and commitment to the fierce fight for equal rights. The image stuck.
Today, especially with curfews, quarantine and little to do at home but cook and workout, it only makes sense that you should celebrate Pride Month with some of the best DIY technicolored treats and meals out there. Here are our favorite rainbow-colored recipes to honor Pride Month. Put on your party pants and let’s do this. Love for all, AROO!
Rainbow Recipes to Celebrate and Honor Pride Month
1. Rainbow Veggie Skewers
Recipe by Give Me Some Oven
Bust out the kebobs and get your grill on with these veggies skewers. Chock-full of vitamins and minerals, these skewers are a great way to get nutrients without going overboard on the oils or fats you need to cook on the stovetop or oven. Get creative with what kinds of vegetables you use, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to serve.
2. Rainbow Fruit Cup
Recipe by Pass the Challah
Curb your sweet tooth with a delicious, juicy rainbow fruit cup. Mix melon, berries and more in a layered fashion and serve up to the whole family. (Kids—even the stubborn ones who don’t love fruit—will dig this recipe, too!)
3. Rainbow Salsa
Recipe by Skip the Salt
Spice things up with Rainbow Salsa. This pico de gallo recipe (with black beans, for a little extra protein!) is super simple to make, or adjust. Make it hot with habaneros, or keep it cool with cucumbers. The options are endless.
4. Everyday Rainbow Salad
Recipe by Savory Lotus
Load up a bed of lettuce with fresh veggies and fruit—and top it off with an easy-to-make orange vinaigrette dressing. This rainbow salad recipe is packed full of flavor and dynamic enough that you could (and probably should!) eat it everyday.
5. Rainbow Popsicles
Recipe by The Loopy Whisk
Cool down this summer with a refreshing, healthy, all-natural rainbow popsicle. (No artificial dyes or food coloring here.) Savor it layer by layer, or take a big bite and get the full-flavor effect.