Sir Paul’s Simple Spinach Salad
Sir Paul McCartney
Prep time: 5 mins
handful of baby spinach and or romaine
1 avocado, sliced
8 cherry tomatoes
small handful of crumbled feta
½ handful pine nuts
For the dressing:
125ml virgin olive oil
60ml balsamic vinegar
juice of ½ lemon
Veg Portions / Serving: 1
Recipe donated by Sir Paul McCartney for Veg Power. Food photography by Claire Wright | addsomeveg.com.
This simple salad is a great way to get kids into eating salad and its full of goodness. You can swap in different ingredients if you like to make your own version.
This is a simple salad that I often enjoy. I start with lettuce which is usually baby spinach or romaine. Then I slice little cherry tomatoes and slice the avocado pear and add them to the lettuce. I then crumble some feta cheese and sprinkle over and top this creation off with pine nuts.
For the dressing I also like to keep it simple so it is just some light virgin olive oil mixed with balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. Pour over, mix, serve and enjoy.
Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.
Kids in the kitchen
Kids can really own this recipe, from washing the leaves and slicing the avocado (using a table knife) at the start, to crumbling the feta and sprinkling over the pine nuts at the end. They can also measure the dressing ingredients, ideally into a jar ready to shake, shake, shake…
While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.
Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.
The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.
Charlotte Radcliffe RNutr