This chopped salad has been in heavy rotation in my kitchen lately.
It’s super refreshing and satisfying. And, it literally has my kids grabbing for veggies.
I’m a huge fan of serving meals in a “deconstructed” style, like this, where everyone can pick and choose what ingredients they want to put on their plates. Sometimes I’ll put all the ingredients in separate little bowls. But, it looks so much prettier on this big platter, don’t you think?
My kids sure agree.
Keys to making a salad that everyone in your family will like:
- Don’t stress about it. Use whatever you have on hand. The sky’s the limit.
- Make sure there are at least two ingredients that each family member will like. The goal is to make everybody happy. (For some kids, this might just be lettuce and croutons. That’s okay.)
- Try to have foods from 3 different food groups represented (e.g. protein, vegetable, fruit, dairy, grain).
- Aim to include foods representing at least six different colors for maximum visual-appeal.
- Vary textures and flavors. Try to include something crunchy (croutons, nuts, seeds, bacon), creamy (avocado, cheese), bright (apple, pineapple), etc. Lots of variety is the best way to really “wake up” a salad.