While I love salad, I have struggled to figure out how to get my kids to share that feeling! They still frown on “combination” foods, which I define as anything with a bunch of stuff mixed together. One way I can skirt this issue involves using all of the same ingredients, but instead of tossing their salad together, I arrange the ingredients in piles on their plates with the dip in the middle.
On these hot summer days, having a lunch or dinner that requires little or no cooking and that I can adjust for both grown-ups and kids is priceless! Adding a side of bread and fruit really make this an appealing meal!
Find some salad ideas below. These are flexible in that you can substitute ingredients and dressing based on what you have on hand, and your family’s favorite foods.
California Chop Chop Salad for Kids
Turkey or chicken, bacon, avocado, cucumber and tomatoes with ranch dressing.
Taco Time Salad for Kids
Taco beef, steak or chicken, beans, tomatoes, olives, cheddar cheese with guacamole. Leave out the meat for a hearty vegetarian salad.
Italian Salad for Kids
Salami, provolone or mozzarella cheese, olives, cucumber, bell pepper with Italian dressing.
Garden Fresh Salad for Kids
Sugar snap peas, cauliflower, carrots, chick peas with creamy avocado dressing.
Catch of the Day Salad for Kids
Crab or shrimp, hardboiled egg, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, radish with Thousand Island Dressing.