Recipe: Chip Salad

Blog and pictures by Zeke Rothschild-Checroune

In the never ending battle to try to get kids eating healthier and to include more vegetables in their diet, we parents sometimes need to resort to tricks or compromises. This recipe is a fun twist on a familiar healthy dish.

Yes, salads get boring over time for kids who don’t have an appetite for uncooked greens. Thankfully, kids love chips! So why not replace your croutons with some crunchy kettle cooked chips? This way you don’t have to nag, “finish your salad before you can get your treat” because the treat is in the salad.

Chip salad:

½ a head of romaine lettuce (some kids prefer the lightness of iceberg, but romaine is more nutritious)

½ cup of finely chopped broccoli

½ cup chopped carrots

1 tbsp Thousand Island dressing (tell the kids that this is the special sauce from the Big Mac)

About 20 BBQ kettle cooked chips (or use your favourite)

Wash and chop all the veggies first and place them in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss the salad. In a separate bowl (and with your children’s attention) crush chips into smaller pieces. Wait to add the chips right before serving so that the chips don’t get too soggy from the dressing. Have your child help you mix his/her new favourite salad ingredient. Let the excitement build… and enjoy!