Friday, July 6, 2012

DIY Salad Bar


On a warm summer's evening I had three requirements for dinner:
  1. I didn't want to turn on the oven or stove (much.)
  2. I wanted a meal that was light and refreshing. 
  3. I wanted something new, different and that would provide my kids with a modicum of stimulation after a long day of sibling snarking.
DIY Salad Bar to the rescue! We sliced, diced and sauteed (just a little) and came up with a meal that was delicious, nutritious...you know the deal! Rush to your local farmer's market or farm stand, supplemented by a few things you may have on hand and you'll have yourself a meal in minutes.


The bar...


The bar -- close up: veggies.


The bar -- close up: proteins.


The bar -- close up: the treats.

 
An assortment of dressings. And a cat. She'll have the tuna flavored one.


YUM!


The great part of this meal is it makes standard healthy fare fun for kids. They get to pick & choose and assemble their meal -- DIY style. You can be as creative as you want! Some topping ideas are:

 What do you like to add to a salad? Any other topping ideas? Please share them below.

Bon Appetit,
Deirdre




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14 comments:

  1. D,
    I love, love, love this idea!! How fun! My kids will totally be into the idea of creating their own meal. Thanks for sharing!! :)

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    1. If I had more interesting serving items- it would have been even more fun! Thanks friend!

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  2. I'm ready for a huge, delicious salad for lunch! Looks wonderful!

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  3. Hi there! Following you from the Aloha Friday blog hop! Look forward to reading more! Come on by and check out my blog! I would appreciate the follow back! Have an awesome weekend!
    -Kat

    http://mom-uncensored.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Kat-- Just stopped by! YOU have an awesome weekend!

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  4. Did you know that I wasn't already following ya here? How is that possible? Anywho I am now and just wanted to say thanks for joining us for The ALOHA Friday HOP!!! Have a beautiful Saturday and Sunday...

    xo,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

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    1. This blog is a relatively new project...we're just getting in the swing of things - Ladies Holiday was seeing too many food posts, so we decided to give them their own home.
      CHEERS!

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  5. Oh, and this salad bar is such an amazingly genius idea. really.

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  6. yum!!! great idea! Salads are about the only thing that sounds good to me during the summer!! Thanks for the follow. Following you back! xoxo

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  7. perfect in every way!! and the smorgasbord idea has got to be a hit with every kid!! looks yummy!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  8. Super post. I got to this via Mealtime Monday on Couponing and Cooking. I have linked in some bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Enjoy.

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    1. Thanks Carole- we'll recipe swap! I'll come check it out:)

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