Have you noticed strawberries at the farmers market and overflowing in the produce department? There’s a good reason for that – they’re in season. No wonder May is National Strawberry Month! The plump berries that burst with sweet flavor are a kid pleaser even if you’re just serving them plain. Surprise your kids by using strawberries in other dishes – besides just as snacks or in desserts. These salads will help you make the most of this popular fruit. For starters, make strawberry and chicken salad. Once your kids get used to strawberries in their salads, go for something more adventurous like strawberry watermelon feta salad or mozzarella strawberry salad with chocolate vinaigrette.
This strawberry and chicken salad recipe from Kraft takes only 10 minutes to pull together. Even better, it’s a fresh, light dinner that tastes great after a long afternoon watching your kids’ T-ball games. Mix together 1 package of torn romaine lettuce along with cooked chicken strips, 1 can drained mandarin orange slices, 1/2 red onion slices, 2 cups strawberries, and 1/2 cup sliced almonds. Sprinkle with creamy poppyseed dressing.
For a marriage of sweet fruit and tangy cheese, try this strawberry watermelon and feta salad from Foodie Crush. You can use arugula lettuce – as suggested in the recipe – or a more kid-friendly variety like Boston or romaine. The key is the tang of the berries and melon mixed with the more bitter feta all brought together with a balsamic dressing.
Whisk together white wine vinegar, mustard and extra-virgin olive to start making this strawberry, cucumber and melon salad with Dijon vinaigrette from Our Best Bites. Once the dressing is done, it’s time to assemble the salad – let your kids hull and slice the strawberries while you cut red onions into slivers. Place baby spinach on the plate, followed by pieces of cantaloupe, strawberry and cucumber slices and then drizzle with the dressing.
Headed to a picnic? Then bring along this strawberry salad from Trisha Yearwood on The Food Network. The country music maven mixes in spinach and strawberries along with crushed, dry ramen noodles, crunchy almonds and grated Parmesan.
Hello superfood dinner! Convince your kids to try kale with this strawberry kale salad with nutty granola croutons from Cookie and Kate. Your kids can help you make the DIY granola that goes with this dish. Another secret to getting your kids to eat? Buy fresh kale and tear into small pieces.
Chocolate salad dressing?! Your kids will be shocked, too, when they try this mozzarella strawberry salad with chocolate vinaigrette from Taste of Home. Mixed with sweet balsamic vinegar, the chocolate dressing melds perfectly with strawberries and piles of fresh spring greens.