Letting Kids Help With: Salad

If you were hoping that this would be about tips to get kiddos to eat salad, you are mistaken. And I'm sorry about that.

But even if they might not eat salad, they can still help make it. And, well, that's a start.

Tonight, I made a quinoa salad, and as I chopped the veggies, I put them in a small bowl and invited my almost-21-month-old to dump them into the salad bowl. He found this quite entertaining.

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It was also an opportunity for him to taste the veggies as they went in. (He likes capers, we learned!)

If you are looking for other ways to involve kiddos in a salad, here are a few ideas:

  • Chopping. As kiddos get older, they can use safety knives to cut veggies. Or you can put veggies into a small food processor and let them push the "chop" button.
  • Choosing. Salads come in all shapes and sizes. Invite your kiddo to pick the veggies (if you don't have our allergy concerns, cheese and nuts!).
  • Go bar. Kids love salad bars because it represents choice. As they get older, there's no reason they can't have a choice in building their own salad.