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Smarter Health: Fantastic Summer Salads Kids Will Love

Posted by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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I have been hankering for dinner salads. A bowl of lettuce or spinach, a dash of yummy, tangy dressing, tossed with who knows what in a big bowl. Perfection on a warm night. But, my kiddo isn't so keen on the leafy things, so how does this mama appease her hankerings and please her picky little one? Think beyond the greens and focus on other types of salad -- pasta, bean, veggie. I scoured some sites and found a few that I am going to try.

Ranch Turkey Pasta Salad (from Family.Go.com)

8 oz. uncooked macaroni pasta
4 cups of a combination of the following:
macaroni pasta
cubed turkey breast
cubed cheddar cheese
peas
shredded carrot
2 cups Ranch dressing
bacon bits for garnish

Cook the pasta until done to desired tenderness and drain well. Al dente is best since soaking in dressing can cause the pasta to become mushy. Cool completely. Toss with turkey, cheese, peas, carrots and dressing. Garnish with bacon bits. Chill for an hour before serving.

Black Bean, Rice, and Sweet Corn Salad (from MyRecipes.com)

1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 cup long-grain rice
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup rinsed and drained canned black beans
1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large, heavy saucepan; bring to a boil. Add rice to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, juice, oil, pepper, and garlic in a large bowl. Add rice and beans; toss to coat. Let stand 15 minutes or until completely cool. Stir in corn and cilantro.

Pasta Hero Salad (From weelicious.com)

16 ox box whole wheat fusilli

1 1/2 cup ham, turkey, salami or any of your favorite cold cuts, cut into thins strips or cubes

1 cup Monterrey Jack, shredded or cubed

1 cup garbanzo beans

3/4 cup pimentos, diced

3/4 cup olives, chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp red wIne vinegar

1 tsp Italian herbs, dried

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp dijon mustard

Cook pasta according to package directions.
 Strain and rinse with cold water. Place pasta in a bowl. Add the meat, cheese, garbanzo beans pimentos and olives to the pasta. Whisk the remaining dressing ingredients in a bowl to combine.
 Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss.

Which of these will you try? Share your best summer salad recipes!

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by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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JasonsMom2007
by Silver Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM
We love just green salads piled with tons of veggies :)
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Bradensmommy719
by Anji on Jun. 12, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Veggie salads work in this house. My son doesnt like anything in his pasta. Lol
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Rushn311
by Ruby Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

My kids won't touch pasta salads, but they love just typical green leaf lettuces with ranch and carrots.

mom2jessnky
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Sound good. My kids do like pasta salad.

Mrs.Pool2Be
by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM
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Those all sound good to me but I know there's not a chance in hell that I could get my kids to eat them or my DH for that matter.  LOL

lizzig
by Ruby Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 8:19 AM

 minus the meat they al sound yummy to me.  i'd be the only one to try them though.  my hubby doesn't like pasta & the kids don't really like cold pasta.  i'm also the only one that likes black beans. 

thanks for sharing!

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Jun. 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

oh they all sound delicious...if i can i will try to make Ranch Turkey Pasta Salad

Madelaine
by Ruby Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I will try all of them..thanks!!

lil_mama06
by Brian's Lil Vixen on Jun. 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM

All of them..I'd make them a ham or turkey sandwich on te side available for if they don't like it..But my kids will eat anything..They love salads..The three I'm watching, they try to be picky but realize at my house if they are picky they will starve...lol... 

sweetpea1269
by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM
The second two sound great! I'm not a fan of ranch but my younger son would love that one (well, maybe not, he doesn't like pasta)
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