Thursday, September 6, 2012

Nummy side dish, inspired by my 6 year old

As I mentioned yesterday, my oldest daughter (6) came up with a cool idea for a salad, and as promised, today I made it for her! I've shared the recipe on Sparkpeople right here.

Carrots in spiral slicer

Here's the spiral slicer I used to make magic. I did the carrots with the flat blade, which makes neat little ribbons and chips out of them.

Spiral sliced carrot chips

The carrots, all chipped up and ready to be mixed

Peeled zucchini

Freshly peeled zucchini! 

Spiral sliced zucchini

I use the small blades to make angel-hair-sized zucchini. This mixes great with pasta, or substitutes for pasta entirely!

Veggies mixed in bowl: zucchini, carrots, and tomato

After mixing the carrots and zucchini, I chopped up some very crisp roma tomatoes!

All ingredients combined and tossed in Italian dressing

Added a smidgen of cheese to the stuff (maybe an ounce, total) and tossed with her favorite dressing: Italian! Seriously, ever since her first salad at Olive Garden, it's her favorite. Give her the choice, it'll almost always be italian.  Makes every waiter we meet give a second take.

My 6 year old sampling her brilliant recipe

The mastermind trying her brilliant idea

My youngest enjoying her (dressing free) salad

The youngest (4) devouring her zucchini

Not just attractive, but fun to eat! She wasn't as crazy about the zucchini as she thought she'd be (she likes it better sautéed with garlic and olive oil, the little foodie), but she ate all the carrots and tomatoes, and her little sister ate her non-dressing-version with great gusto! 

Tasty grilled ribs (bone in)

Added bonus: The delectable ribs grilled by my grillmaster husband. And yes, they were every bit as good as they looked. I will say with pride I only ate a small portion of these! 

Personally, I had two bowls of the salad myself (with ranch dressing) and plan to add this to my regular rotation! Without dressing, this salad is about 60 calories. About 100 with dressing.

1 comment:

  1. OMG I am going to have to try this salad. :) My two-year-old LOVES salad and can ask for it by name. "Mama, I want salad!" The other day, my parents took her to a restaurant, and she got a burger with lettuce in it. She skipped the burger and said, "No more burger, I want salad." She loves ranch, but she'll eat it with a raspberry vinaigrette too!