Build Your Own Salad Bar

Get kids to eat their veggies with a build your own salad bar

Getting your entire family involved in food prep is one of the easiest ways to get them to dig in. My favorite way to involve everyone is by compiling all we need to create a salad bar. We chop, sort separately, and dig for all our faves. Children feel empowered, hubbies feel in control, you save both time and the headache, … everyone’s happy!

When my son was little, I would chop all the salad bar toppings ahead of time and put them in the separated areas of a party tray with a lid. Almost every night my family used those prepared vegetables for something and after a few days, I would toss them into a skillet and sauté the rest with a meal.

These days, my son stands beside me to chop, dice, sort, and serve.

Some of my favorite ingredients include:

  • Organic blend of greens (washed again, even though it proudly states washed 3x)
  • Organic Roma, beefsteak, or colorful Heirloom tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Chives
  • Avocado
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms
  • Shredded or finely chopped carrots
  • Green, red, or yellow peppers (or all three!)
  • Shredded rotisserie chicken
  • Jalapeños
  • Parmesan, fresh grated is best
  • Or Feta
  • Almonds or walnuts
  • Grapes or chopped apples
  • Dressing of choice
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Salads can be spicy with hot peppers and salsa or fun with pepperoni and mozzarella. Try adding fresh herbs like basil, parsley, or cilantro.
  • Raising my son this way has kept him comfortable with foods that help his body to thrive and grow healthy. He’s one of the few preteens I know who will choose salad over meat at a restaurant any day.
  • What are your favorite salad ingredients or toppings? Do you have a home made dressing you love to have drizzled on top? I’d love to read about it!
  • Xxoo
  • Tammi
  • P.S. If you enjoy tips like this, you’ll love the easy recipes and apothecary basics guide in my book Lessons for MomPositive Living – a journal and guide that walks you step by step toward healthier living for you and your whole family!
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