Sometimes it is SO hard to get my family to eat vegetables. But this “traveling salad bar” has become a staple in our home and every time we get it out for a meal, the boys are presented with some great healthy options (even if they don’t choose them the first time). The tray of salad fixins’ stays in your refrigerator and is pulled out any time you need an easy, healthy meal. Just take a Sunday afternoon to prepare everything, and wa-la! Traveling salad bar!
All you need is a tray and a free afternoon to prep this easy meal. It works best if you have an extra refrigerator to keep the tray of fixins’ in so it’s not taking up precious space in your everyday fridge. But if not, designating a specific spot in your fridge for all of this will ensure nothing gets left behind. Then you simply prep and store all of the ingredients in airtight containers until it’s time to pull out the tray for a healthy lunch or dinner. The greatest thing about this salad bar is it is totally customizable to your family’s liking! Whatever you like in your salad, or whatever you want your family to try, you can include it on your tray.
Here are some ideas to get you started!
Spinach, Romaine, Arugula, Kale, Iceburg, bagged assorted greens (I won’t tell!)
MEAT: (leftovers work great for this, too!)
Grilled or rotisserie chicken, bacon, ham, shrimp, steak, sliced pork tenderloin,
Corn, cherry tomatoes, beans, strawberries, blueberries, bell peppers, cucumber, herbs, peas, shredded or diced carrots
Raisins, Dried Fruit, Nuts, Seeds, Bacon bits, croutons, goldfish crackers, granola, crispy corn tortilla strips, chow mein noodles, mandarin oranges
Shredded cheese, feta, bleu cheese, cottage cheese, Parmesan
OILS & DRESSINGS:
Any storebought salad dressing, olive oil, balsamic vinegar
Now, naturally, not ALL of these things are going to taste that great together. But that’s the fun of it! You create your own. You try new things.The possibilities are endless!
What are some of your favorite salad toppings?
**This recipe was featured as part of Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen on MomsEveryday Kansas and WIBW 13 News, September 2015. Special thanks to the farmers and ranchers of the Kansas Farm Food Connection for making this segment possible.
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