The Apple Almond Salad recipe is easy to use when teaching kids about healthy habits, and easy for them to learn some basic kitchen skills, too! At a school or community program (or even at home) use this activity to challenge kids to learn about what they taste. It works with many fruit & veggie-based recipes, but our favorite is this apple-almond salad!
Apple Almond Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes Serves: 8 servings or 32 (½ cup serving) tasting samples
- 1 cup non-fat, bottled raspberry vinaigrette
- 8 small apples, diced
- 1 cup Craisins® or other dried fruit bits
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 8 cups bagged, pre-cut mixed greens
- In advance, rinse and drain the apples and mixed greens.
- In a large salad bowl, add the ingredients and toss gently.
- Serve ½ cup tasting samples on small plates with a fork.
- Clean work area and utensils with warm soapy water. Rinse with clean water.
Per full-size serving (1 ¾ cups): 221 Calories, 5.2g Pro, 5.9g Fat, 24% Calories from Fat
Taste and Learn Activity
Materials: MyPlate symbol
- Fill half of a standard size meal plate with salad and explain it represents the fruits and veggies of the MyPlate symbol.
- Discuss how eating that amount at meals helps kids get their suggested daily servings of fiber.
- Ask kids to think of the fruits/veggies they ate yesterday.
- Did the amount they ate fill half a plate? Have them draw a representation of their plate.
- Ask kids to create a menu using the recipe and the other MyPlate food groups (grains, protein and dairy).
- Have them create a grocery list for their menu.
At home, parents can empower kids to get involved too!
- Allow kids to help create the grocery list.
- Parents and kids go grocery shopping together.
- Kids make the meal with parents and eat together.
Download parent tip sheets to reinforce the messaging here: