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As Kenya and Chloe have gotten older, they’ve started gravitating more towards salad. Getting them to eat raw veggies has never really been an issue, but leafy salad greens took a bit of time for them to get used to. I eventually realized that letting them help me wash, toss, or dress the salad went a long way towards them wanting to eat it. I also found that a good dressing, like this mouthwatering citrus cilantro one, works wonders.

Recently, I threw a baby shower for a dear friend and served this Southwestern Salad to go along with the Mexican inspired menu. While I was tossing it, my pregnant friend watched in shock as Chloe kept trying to snag handfuls out of the bowl and stuff them in her mouth. I’ve come to realize that if you just start to serve your kids salad day after day, eventually they will come to love it. Especially when it features all kinds of crispy, sweet vegetables like this one.

Ah, the salad days of youth.

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Southwestern Salad

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 10-ounce bag mixed salad greens
  • 1 small jicama, peeled
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

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    Nutrition

    Sodium: 330mg | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 8g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Calories: 200kcal | Fat: 11g | Protein: 8g | Carbohydrates: 22g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

    Comments

    1. I read things like this all the time about presenting a healthy variety of choices to toddlers and continuing to offer them when met with resistance. I try that. I really do. But when every bite is a battle with my nearly four year old, I just don’t know if we will ever get there. I would be happy if he would eat anything with gusto. Healthy, unhealthy, anything! Advice for a frustrated mom?

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