Posted: Jun 07 2009
When it comes to eating a salad, my kids are picky little pickers—pulling out a tomato here, a cucumber there. By the time they finish, it looks as if they have massacred the salad instead of devouring it. That’s why I started making “chopped-up” salads. I cut the pieces so small that it is almost too laborious to even try segregating the vegetables (but that’s not to say that they don’t still try!). By the way, another way to get them to eat more veggies in their salads is to let them help you prepare the dish. If they make the salad, then chances are they will eat it (or at least give it a good try).
1 romaine lettuce heart, chopped into small pieces
5-6 slices cooked turkey or veggie bacon, chopped
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 zucchini, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
salt and pepper
Mix together all ingredients and toss it with your favorite dressing immediately before serving. My kids like blue cheese or ranch, but you can also just make your own with 2/3 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon sugar, lemon juice, and a dash of salt and pepper.
You can also turn this into a complete meal by combining it with some cooked and drained pasta!