Strawberry Spinach Salad

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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!

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Strawberry Spinach Salad (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

1. 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.
4. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Ashley

    This sounds delicious. Our favourite salad is actually spinach, strawberries, mushrooms, pecans, poppy seeds, and raspberry vinaigrette. I think we'll be trying your version this week though!

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  • Baha

    hi! sounds really great! but are the mushrooms raw? if they are is it ok to serve them to a baby? thank you!

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    • Catherine

      The mushrooms are raw. You should consult your pediatrician as to whether or not to feed them to your baby. Typically around 8 months is okay for them to start eating mushrooms, but your pediatrician may have other guidelines for raw mushrooms.

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  • Mary

    My husband and I loved this! Unfortunately my 1 and a half-year old didn't. I cut the spinach into smaller pieces, but I don't think she liked the texture of it.

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