For a while I hesitated giving Kenya salad. Salad just seems like something you shouldn't serve a two year old. I mean, what could be less exciting for a kid to have put in front of him than a plate of lettuce? I think I was also concerned that it would either be too difficult for him to chew certain raw vegetables or that he simply wouldn't enjoy some of the ingredients I put into my favorite salads.
Boy was I wrong! And when you really stop to think about it, why wouldn't kids love salads? When made right, salads are visually appealing, full of fresh flavors, able to be topped with all kinds of different dressings and easily tailored to each individual in your family's likes and dislikes.
This strawberry spinach salad is not only delicious, it's packed with nutrients. There's protein in the almonds, tons of iron in the spinach, vitamin C in the strawberries and the poppy seeds are a good source of calcium. It's also a really colorful dish that is naturally sweet, so I think it looks appealing and tastes great to a young discriminating palate. Honestly, there's nothing cuter to me than watching my two year old munching away and asking for "more salad"! But then again, I'm his mother!
Strawberry Spinach Salad (Serves 4)
- 5 Cups (or 5 oz. Pkg.) Baby Spinach, packed
- 1 Cup Mushrooms, sliced thin
- 2 Cups Strawberries, sliced thin
- 1/2 Cup sliced almonds
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tsp poppy seeds
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
Preparation1. Place first 4 ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.
2. Place remaining 5 ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
3. Toss the dressing with the salad.