- Let your child help you select and prepare the ingredients for the salad. Studies have shown that children eat more food when they prepare it themselves.
- Eat the rainbow – salads don’t have to be a sea of green. Include tomatoes, different coloured peppers, beetroot, carrot, radishes and other veggies to make the salad more appealing.
- Cut the ingredients into bite-sized portions. Big ingredients might not seem as appealing to younger children as smaller, child-friendly pieces.
- Use flavours they enjoy and ingredients they are familiar with as a base for your salads.
- If you have a picky eater, limit the number of salad ingredients to three or four until they are comfortable with eating salad.
- Use a dressing. This will transform even the simplest salad into a masterpiece.
- When they enjoy ‘simple’ salads, gradually add new flavours and textures to keep it interesting.
- Some children don’t like it when food touch or when it is mixed together. If this is the case in your family, keep the salad ingredients separated on their plates.