Summer is here and I want more vegetables on my plate including salad.
I don’t know about you but my kid isn’t exactly eating leaves of lettuce. And I’m not super cool with cooking to order every night (or ever really).
When I saw this salad though, I knew it might work both for adults and kiddos.
Bread, no leaves, and pretty much all the classic toddler friendly vegetables are thrown together… broccoli, cucumber, tomatoes, asparagus. OK, asparagus isn’t a winner in this household but we try, right?
This recipe is courtesy of The Summer Table: Recipes and Menus for Casual Outdoor Entertaining, a book I was sent for review by the publisher.
This cookbook is great for a few reasons:
1. It’s for summer.
2. Summer is amazing.
3. Summer is for outdoor entertaining.
4. This cookbook is full of pre-planned menus so instead of trying to put together a coherent menu for your party, it’s done for you.
5. Summer is amazing.
OK, really, I like this cookbook because sometimes I get a little overwhelmed when entertaining – and summer entertaining is meant to be easy. The author has all sorts of great ideas for menus like A Grand Summer Brunch Buffet or Fire Up the Grill for Lunch! This salad recipe is from An Early Summer Vegetarian Lunch which also includes a savoury spinach and ricotta tart.
The other thing that’s great about this cookbook is that it’s actually Swedish. The author, Lisa Lemke, is a popular TV host in Sweden and the cookbook was adapted from the Swedish version Till Sommaren. This means that it includes ideas beyond what we usually find filling every food magazine from March – August. Savoury tarts, a fairly heavy emphasis on vegetables and a few new ideas fill this beautifully illustrated book. Although it’s meant for parties, you can easily pull and adapt for everyday use.
This salad in particular was something I never would have thought to throw together. But it works fairly well, and my son ate bits of it, which was a pretty big success. I skipped the red onion and pea shoots (where do you even find those?) and served it without the dressing. I have to admit that the first time I made this, I did it properly making croutons out of country bread. The second (and what you see in the photo)? I just toasted bread and ripped it up. Sometimes you just have to roll with it….
ps Do you know of any other salads that work well for picky toddlers? Or does your kid eat salads like it’s nobodies business?