Who says yummy salads belong in the summer months?!

Who says that salads have to be for summer?! This yummy plate might be from a warmer forgotten day in a Michigan September, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t light up your February lunch! Getting kids to eat creative, healthy meals in the winter can become even more difficult when fresh produce isn’t as accessible. Veggie salad mixes can be a great way to make supermarket veggies appealing, and who doesn’t like veggies and proteins when they’re covered in a yummy dressing?! Plus – it’s easy to add in some beans for a little extra nibble of protein.

This summer salad is designed with the Garden Fairy Line in mind. This line from Constructive Eating tells the story of three fairy friends up to mischief and tending their gardens together.

Keep your little gardener busy

For a daily activity, encourage your little one to plan their own garden for the upcoming summer. What will they plant? Where will it be? What will they make with the produce from it? How will they protect it from hungry bunnies and deer? Will butterflies and other bugs make their garden home too?

Take a peek at the Garden Fairy Placemat for a garden scene with the fairies and see if your child can spot some plants they want to put in their own garden. Have them draw out a plan complete with the locations of their chosen fruit and veggies, and while they’re working you can whip up this summery salad to accompany any dinner!

Garden Fairy Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup grape/cherry tomatoes, sliced in half or quarters
  • ½ cup black beans
  • ½ cup kidney beans
  • ½ cup northern beans
  • ½ cup parsely, finely diced
  • ¼ cup lemon or lime juice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • A dash of your favorite vinaigrette dressing

Toss everything together in a big bowl, and season with dressing to taste. This salad gets even better as the beans soak up the lemon juice, so think about making the night before to pack in lunches.

This colorful dish is simply irresistible for anyone young or old! Serve with some fruit on the side, and maybe with a burger as the main.