Salad for kids – it isn’t always the most obvious choice, but when it works, it is just brilliant:
- It is usually fairly quick and easy to make.
- It often doesn’t require any cooking.
- You can sometimes use up leftovers out of the fridge
- Then we didn’t even mention the density of nutritional goodness in it!
What is in it?
It is just the greens themselves, it is the lettuce that makes it a challenge for most kids. That is why I think you need to serve it together with things they really do love. Adding pieces of their favourite fruit or favourite nuts, adding lardons and croutons makes the whole dish interesting and appetising to the kids. The lettuce simply becomes part of it. It is just always there, and that is how it will also become absolutely normal.
There are many different types of lettuce, some are easier to like than others. In my opinion lamb lettuce, together with pea shoots and baby spinach are the best choices for raw green leaves for kids. They are all very soft, easy to chew and have a mild, fresh taste.
So do you see? Serving tasty kid friendly salads is a way you teach kids to enjoy leafy greens!
Stopping serving salads because the lettuce is always left is when it goes wrong. Yes, there will be some waste, but isn’t that where mum’s appetite comes in? It is definitely worth it in the long term. If you stop serving lettuce to the kids, it will always be seen as these strange greens that look like you have to stay far away from.
Strawberry and lamb lettuce salad
This particular strawberry and lamb lettuce salad is a popular salad for kids in my house because everything but the lettuce is super popular with the kids. It doesn’t require any cooking and it is super fast to assemble. That makes it ideal for when you don’t feel like cooking at all on a warm summer day.
Yes, some of the lettuce will be left on my kids’ plates, but accepting to have it on their plate at first, having a little bit the 5th (or even 10th) time and enjoying it from the 25th time and then for the rest of their lives is what we are aiming for!
If you are looking for more kid friendly salads have a look at the with mango, avocado, pomegranate and roasted chicken, the one with tangerines or the one with roasted beetroot and sweet potato.