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Rabbit Hill Salad Bar

Adapted from Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes

I’ve listed vegetables that most kids will go for, but tailor the list and amounts to your children’s tastes. One suggestion, though: try including at least one “challenge” item—something they either don’t know or say they don’t like. Given choices, they might be willing to try again.


Shredded lettuce (my kids don’t love the mixed kind that comes in a box, but Romaine or Boston usually go over well)

Thinly sliced or grated carrots

Sliced cucumber

Peas, edamame, chickpeas, or some other legume

Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

Pitted olives, sliced in half

Grated cheese

Toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds, or chopped nuts

Croutons or chow mein crispy noodles  

½ cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

¼ cup apple juice

Place all ingredients but the last three in separate bowls or shallow containers, and set in a row on a table where kids can see and reach them.

Combine the last three ingredients in a medium bowl. Tell your child to whisk “until it is all one color.”

Set the dressing out at the end of the salad bar, with a spoon for drizzling. Provide plates or bowls, so kids can help themselves.

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