Fast, fun, delightful, and delicious jar salads! A sneaky and salubrious way to refresh how kids see fruits and veggies!
Making jar salads is a cool developmental activity for children. They wrap their senses around those beautiful colors, textures, aromas, flavors . . . and learn all about that palatable produce! They can layer each salad their own way, discovering, experimenting how to create their own signature salads! How fun and stimulating is that?
Tip: Encourage the kids to name their creations. Turn their favorite jar salads into recipes. Their love of fruits and vegetables will grow, and their self-esteem will soar!
Healthy, Fun Jar Salad Ideas
Layer these delicious ingredients and season as you go or when you’re ready to mix and enjoy!
- Rainbow Layered Fruit Salad! Chopped strawberries, mangoes, pineapples, whole or halved green grapes, and whole blueberries. Even fruit-hating little ones can’t resist eating a rainbow in a jar!
- Protein Packed Lunch On-The-Go: Quinoa, fresh spinach and arugula; grilled, baked or broiled salmon (you can change it up with your meat or beans of choice); topped with fresh dill and garlic.
- Poppin’ Pasta! Multigrain pasta, chopped yellow bell peppers, diced tomatoes, fresh basil and spinach, sprinkled with your favorite cheese, and drizzled with raw olive oil and minced garlic. Hungry, anyone?
Jar salads are also easy, convenient, ready-to-go meals for you! Nice. Double-nice when you consider the quality time that comes with making them together! Yummy all the way around!
If we named a jar salad after you (your signature mix), what would be in it?
For instance, the “Elle Jar Salad” is for breakfast (or dessert). It’s a layer of greek yogurt, then walnuts, organic coconut cream, fresh blueberries, more yogurt, fresh strawberries, more coconut cream, with a final layer of pecans. Mmm-mm! No joke, this jar of healthy, mouth-watering goodness has cured me of my Breyers and Häagen-Dazs ice cream addiction. Okay, your turn!