Add Some Crunch
- Provided your school isn’t a nut free facility, nuts are a great protein boost.
- Choose heart-healthy ones like walnuts for an added beneﬁt!
- Croutons are always a kid-favorite, and a great way to put day-old bread to good use.
Brighten up salads with a burst of fresh fruit.
- For a good start, look to the classic pairing of strawberries and spinach.
- Oranges help absorb the iron in nutrient-rich greens such as spinach. Even better, it compliments the ﬂavor nicely.
- Beloved by children, apple slices are an easy way to add appealing crunch and natural sweetness to your salad bar.
- Pro Tip: Opal apples are an excellent variety to utilize since they’re naturally non-browning!
Offering unique “guest stars” is an exciting way to ﬁll out your salad bar offerings, and you’ll ﬁnd it’s a great technique to introduce kids to new fruits and vegetables in the process.
- Try a “pick of the week” to introduce kids to new foods like watermelon radish, romanesco, kohlrabi, and celeriac.
- Choose ingredients that pair in other dishes to limit waste. For example, bell peppers are a great topping in salads, but can also be used on pizzas, southwestern burgers, or can even be stuffed!
Pack in Protein
Use your school salad bar as a chance to show kids salads can also be main courses by including healthy protein choices. A few ideas include:
- Lean proteins such as grilled chicken or turkey
- Cubed tofu
- Hard-boiled eggs
Dress It Up
Salad dressings can be an empty calorie culprit, or a chance to sneak in some extra nutrition.
- Offer yogurt-based “creamy” dressings
- Try using orange juice in place of vinegar in salad dressing recipes