Wednesday, 13 March 2013 15:47

Creating Kid-Friendly Salads

Written by  Michael Markauskas, Kid Kulinaire Blog Contributor
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Getting kids to eat salads can be a real challenge. So your best bet is to incorporate things they may like into the salad.

You can add nuts and berries, fruit, and/or thinly sliced vegetables. Try lighter dressings like citrus or lemon vinaigrette. Avoid iceberg lettuce; it has no nutritional value and very little taste. Use baby spinach or a mix of field greens, such as a spring mix.

Kids love the sweet taste of berries, so try this simple strawberry vinaigrette with the following salad:

 

½ cup strawberry preserves
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Whisk together the preserves, vinegar and lemon juice. Slowly pour in the olive oil as you continue to whisk.

Toss some baby spinach with the vinaigrette, use just enough so that the spinach is wet but not dripping. Top the salad with sliced almonds, sliced strawberries and feta cheese.

A lot of kids don't like salads, but with some experimenting, mostly through trial and error, you will be able find things to include in the salad that will help them learn to eat it.

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, feel free to take them shopping with you--let them pick out a variety of nuts, berries, and fruit. Encourage them to choose some of their favorite veggies, too. Make light dressings, you can find ideas for recipes online or use the recipe above and change it slightly. You can use lemon juice instead of vinegar. You can try different oils, like walnut and safflower. The variations can be limitless; just don't let it overpower the salad.

Eating should be a fun experience, so introduce new foods to your children in their salads as well as in any other part of the meal. Don't punish them for disliking some foods--we all have different tastes and theirs will develop more over time as you continue to introduce different types of foods to them.

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