Updated: Sep 5, 2021
I call it the "Kid Proof"garden salad because it's very easy to ask children 7 and above to help you put it together. Instead of telling them what to do, have them read it and put it together. It get's some reading in too!
This concept of getting kids to put a simple salad together is no brain surgery but I think that sometimes I forget to get the help that is available because I don't think about it. When I hear it from someone else, it's just a helpful, "Oh, right. I should do that" kind of thing. So, I thought I would share.
It's really easy to put together with triple washed salad bags. Plus, it's not too hard to cut Persian cucumbers into half moons with a butter knife or even a plastic knife. If you have a younger child who may find it frustrating to halve cherry tomatoes, then leave the tomatoes whole! And, depending on you family, it's super easy to add shredded carrots or freshly grated parmesan to customize. Children LOVE to have the agency to decide!
If you have a couple of different options of salad dressings, it really becomes a salad for all.
Pre-washed lettuce mix
3-4 persian cucumbers
shredded carrots (optional)
Freshly grated parmesan (optional)
Salad dressings (balsamic, ranch, italian, honey mustard, etc.)
Take out the salad ingredients and gather in one area.
Get a salad bowl that to put the ingredients in.
First, start with putting the lettuce in the bowl.
Then, go to the cherry tomatoes. Read the label. If the tomatoes are not pre-washed, put them in a bowl and wash them.If you feel like it, cut each tomato in half. If not, juts place them whole on the lettuce.
Next come the cucumbers. Definitely wash them. After washing, cut the cucumbers into slices. If you feel like it, cut each slice into a half. Place on top of the tomtatoes.
If you are adding shredded carrots, spread that on.
If you are adding cheese, that goes last.
Once the salad is assembled, cover it with clip wrap and put back in refrigerator if you are not eating right away.
When you are ready, let people serve themselves and choose the salad dressing of their choice!
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