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Salads Your Kids Just Might Eat!
Posted By Nava On September 1, 2011 @ 9:55 pm In Easy, Healthy Recipes for Kids and Teens | No Comments
There’s just something about salads that — there’s no other way to say it — many kids don’t particularly enjoy. I found that combining small amounts of raw vegetables with starchy comfort foods like pasta, bread, or potatoes, or adding fresh or dried fruit, helped to entice my kids and their friends to give salads a try. As far as tossed green salads, the best way I found to entice them was to offer a very simple homemade Thousand Island dressing  with it.
Unfortunately, lots of kids and teens who want to be vegetarian or vegan claim that they don’t like vegetables. It’s our job to gently and persistently help them overcome that aversion. If your kids aren’t receptive to salads at any given time, let it go and revisit from time to time. And in the interim, keep serving platters of raw veggies and dip—something lots of kids like—and plenty of fresh fruit.
Other salads that may tempt older kids:
Macaroni Salad with Vegetable Confetti
A mild and simple macaroni salad, this is reminiscent of the kind sold at deli counters, but with more going for it. This simple pasta salad goes well with many types of bean and vegetable dishes, and is good for school lunch as a change-of-pace from sandwiches. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. 
Serves: 6 or more
Cook the in plenty of steadily boiling water until al dente, then drain. Rinse under cool water, then drain again and transfer to a serving container.
Combine half of the vegetables with the cooked pasta. Add the mayonnaise and mustard and stir together.
Season gently with salt, then scatter the remaining vegetables over the top. Serve at once or cover and refrigerate until needed.
Cold Soba and Cucumber Salad
My sons enjoyed this refreshing cold pasta dish even when they were quite young. There’s something enticing about soba combined with cucumber, and dusted generously with sesame seeds. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. 
Serves: 4 to 6
Cook the noodles in plenty of steadily boiling water until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold running water until cool, then drain well again.
Meanwhile, peel the cucumber and quarter it lengthwise. If the seeds are watery, cut them away. Cut the cucumber into narrow strips, approximately 2 inches in length.
Combine in a mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients and toss together. Serve as is or topped with sauce, following.
Fruited Red Cabbage Salad
Adding sweet elements to raw vegetables can be a good way to entice kids to give salads a try. Adults will like this one, too—it provides a nice flavor contrast to spicy dishes.
Serves: 4 to 6
Combine all the ingredients in a serving bowl and mix well. Let the salad stand for 15 to 20 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to mingle.
Classic Carrot-Raisin Salad
Here’s a simple salad that might just be the first your kids will enjoy. A food processor is a must for preparing this salad quickly.
Serves: 4 to 6
Grate the carrots in a food processor, then transfer to a serving bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix together thoroughly.
Let the salad stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes, then serve.
Variation: Use raw sweet potato in place of the carrots. Yes, sweet potato is delicious raw!
Creamy and Colorful Potato Salad
A creamy potato salad dotted with colorful veggies might be just the thing to tempt budding salad eaters.
If you’d like to keep the skins on the potatoes, scrub them well. Microwave or bake the potatoes in their skins until done but still firm. Let the potatoes cool to room temperature.
If you prefer to use peeled potatoes in the salad, slip their skins off when they’re cool enough to handle. Dice the potatoes into approximately 3/4-inch chunks, and place them in a serving container.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly. Serve at once or cover and refrigerate until needed.
Variation: Substitute a sweet potato for one or two of the regular potatoes.
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 Thousand Island dressing: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/thousand-island-dressing/
 Italian Bread-and-Tomato Salad: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/vegetables-all-year-round/tomato-heaven/italian-bread-and-tomato-salad/
 North Carolina Relish Slaw: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/salads/slaws/north-carolina-relish-slaw/
 Herbed Potato Salad: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/salads/potato-salads/herbed-potato-salad/
 Green Pea and Vegan Cheddar Cheese Salad: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/salads/savory-salads/green-pea-and-vegan-cheddar-cheese-salad/
 Summer Squash and Broccoli Relish Salad: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/vegetables-all-year-round/zucchini/summer-squash-and-broccoli-relish-salad/
 Taco Salad: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/everyday-meals/main-dish-salads/taco-salad/
 The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.: http://www.vegkitchen.com/navas-books/the-vegetarian-family-cookbook/
 Cashew Cream: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/savor-and-flavor/simple-sauces/cashew-cream/
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