Make a super green salad for your kids. Salad greens are important for any healthy diet. But they are nearly impossible to get kids to eat. I promise you won’t have to fight your toddler to finish this super sweet salad greens recipe. My four-year-old named it after he happily finished his plate. Even my 16 month-old enjoyed it down to the last piece. Our Super Green Salad Recipe tastes great and is naturally gluten and corn-free. It is also dairy free and with my homemade dressing, it doesn’t contain any additives, or preservatives either.
Because of my simple dressing, our super green salad recipe doesn’t even need to be topped with commercial salad dressing- a spoiler for most small children adventurous enough to at least try greens. This dish takes only 15 minutes to prepare and makes 2 adult-sized portions (Or four child-sized portions).
Ingredients for Super Green Salad Recipe:
1 cup of baby arugula (stems removed)
1/2 cup of spinach (stems removed) * baby spinach is fine, too.
6 green grapes, sliced (or more if you really like grapes) *see below for a Feingold tip
1 really ripe avocado (chopped)
1/2 cucumber (peeled and diced)
1 small fresh squeezed lemon
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
NOTE: This super green salad recipe is intended as a side dish for a well balanced lunch. Include chunks of cold chicken, or high protein nuts, or high protein gluten free bread with this recipe.
Directions for Super Green Salad Recipe:
Combine arugula and spinach with fresh squeezed lemon juice and maple syrup. Toss. Place ingredients into a mini-prep food processor and pulse until the leaves are finely chopped. Place in salad bowl. Add chopped avocado, sliced grapes, and cucumber pieces. Toss until the ingredients are well coated. Serve and enjoy!
A tip for Feingold Diet followers:
The Feingold Organization classifies grapes as high in salicylates and suggests members limit their intake, avoiding it all together when starting the program, and then slowing increasing the amount allowed in the diet until the tolerance level is reached. Each individual child is different. Some are very sensitive and have to avoid grapes completely, others can tolerate small amounts without suffering from attention problems or hyperactivity. Green grapes naturally contain less salicylates than do red or concord grapes. This super salad greens recipe really requires the grapes for palatability, as they compliment the maple syrup and lemon juice. If you are implementing the Feingold diet and are stage two you may want to try this recipe as written. Others can add more grapes, of course.