Getting kids to eat enough fruits and veggies is a common problem. My solution is to give them the illusion of choice! Setting up a colourful salad bar with a wide range of options, then letting them assemble their own bowlful of goodness can make kids feel like they’re in control.
My rule is usually “Take 5,” meaning they have to select at least five items from the many choices offered. This tropical-themed buffet has lots of variety and is packed with flavour and nutrition; you can vary the ingredients and quantities to suit your family’s preferences.
Note that if you want to include some protein, add chopped cooked chicken (one of those grocery-store rotisserie birds is perfect). This tropical salad bar also makes an ideal picnic treat – just put each component in a plastic container and you’re ready to roll!
Make dressing by combining juices, vinegar, Dijon, maple syrup, and seasonings in a 1 cup jar with a tight lid. Shake well to blend. Add olive oil and shake again. Refrigerate until serving time.
Wash and prepare all ingredients. Place in separate bowls or containers and set up your salad bar when ready to serve.
Serves 4 - 6.