Salad Night: Get Your Daily Allowance Of Veggies

Are you in search of a fun way to introduce vegetables to your children? Are you looking to use up all of your CSA farm share veggies before they go bad? Do you have picky eaters or special dietary restrictions which you need to cater to every night? “Salad Night” could be your answer. This is one of our favorite summertime family meals. The kids absolutely love being able to create their own salad. And I have found that when they have a hand in making their dinner, they are more likely to eat it. Plus, it is so easy to throw together on a night when you are busy.

My Salad

On “Salad Night,” we simply set out a selection of ingredients and everyone builds their own salad. Simple as that. The ingredients often consist of leftover protein from last night’s dinner and any fruits or vegetables in the house that we need to use up. Just as “Soup Night” is a good way to clean out the refrigerator and pantry in the fall or winter, “Salad Night” can serve the same purpose in the spring or summer.

Below is a list of suggested ingredients and ones we commonly use, but really “Salad Night” is only limited by your imagination. For a good balanced meal, and a tasty salad, go crazy on vegetables. Then, try to have a couple ingredients from each remaining category. And of course, remember to HAVE FUN!

Proteins (1-2 preferred)

  • Grilled chicken
  • Grilled Salmon
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Chickpeas
  • Kidney beans
  • Black Beans

Salad Night

Healthy Fats (1-2 preferred)

Fruits (1-2 preferred)

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Pears
  • Grapes

Vegetables (go CRAZY)

  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Radishes
  • Mushrooms
  • Zucchini
  • Green onions
  • Carrots
  • Red cabbage

Extras (use sparingly)

  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Crumbled feta cheese (the stronger the cheese, the less you will need to use)
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Bleu cheese
  • Shredded extra sharp cheddar


Dressings (make your own or try to find a very low processed, low sugar variety, and use sparingly)







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