5 fail-proof tips + 6 recipes for the best salads even your husband and kids will LOVE!
Do your husband and kids ever beg you to make them a salad?
Mine didn’t either…until I started using some of these tips. Now I get rave reviews and encore requests for my salads all the time!
You can turn the tide and make the best salads your husband and kids will love too with these tips and recipes!
How to Make the Best Salads even Your Husband and Kids will Love! (5 Fail-proof tips + 6 Recipes!)
1. Fill your salads with stuff they already love!
Build your salad around whatever flavors and textures your family loves! The more flavor and texture in a salad, the better, in my opinion! Dried fruit, nuts, pasture raised bacon, homemade croutons, and feta or blue cheese are all favorite additions at my house.
And don’t be afraid to think outside the box – the boredom factor is part of why many people don’t get excited about salads. Using a mix of leafy greens and adding roasted potatoes or veggies, wilted greens, or seasonal fruit can turn an average salad into an unexpected favorite!
2. Make Your Own Salad Dressings (+ a time saving tip!)
I know I just lost some of you right there. I never used to make my own dressing. But, as soon as I started, I knew I’d never go back to store bought. Homemade dressings taste infinitely better than what you find on the grocery shelves…and that’s not to mention how much healthier they are since you’re avoiding the preservatives, corn syrups and unhealthy refined oils you avoid by making dressings yourself!
Just last week at dinner, my son announced between mouthfuls of salad, “Mom makes the BEST salad dressings!” When was the last time you heard a 5 year old boy complement his mother on her salad dressing recipe?! Proof that dressings can make all the difference.
Still worried about the time it will take to make your own salad dressings?
Time Saving Tip: Multiply the recipe!
What if I told you I spend 30-40 minutes per year (that’s 2.5 minutes per month!) making my go-to house dressing? Do you have 2.5 minutes you can spare this month?
I thought so. 😉
Most homemade dressings only take 10 minutes or so to make, and it really doesn’t add any extra time to multiply the recipe and just mix up more ingredients. The house dressing in my kitchen is this Greek Dressing – we use it weekly, but I quadruple the recipe so I only have to make it a few times a year!
3. Serve a Weekly Salad Bar Dinner
Reader Alexis shared that she prepares a salad bar dinner once a week for her family of six. She can wash and chop ingredients in advance so dinner is ready to eat when everyone gets home! This way, everyone gets a customized, veggie-loaded dinner and mom gets a break!
I like the way Alexis thinks! 😉
I’d suggest putting the salad bar dinner on your meal plan toward the end of the week when leftover meat, chicken, eggs, beans, etc. could be offered as topping options.
4. Start a Salad Garden!
Reader Neal – a scientist, accomplished gardener, and nature photographer – says that growing his own salad ingredients inspires him to enjoy salads more often.
I’d have to agree. I only gardened for a couple of years, but I loved seeing all that gorgeous produce springing up out of the ground. There’s nothing like a fresh, seasonal salad that you grew yourself! And it’s amazing what even the pickiest kids will eat when they helped gather it from the garden!
If you don’t have your own garden, take a look at photos from Neil’s gorgeous gardens for inspiration – it’ll have you swooning with garden envy and researching what to plant in your own back yard!
5. Be Persistent!
Another reader, Deborah, says it took years for her husband to come around to eating more vegetables and salads. Eventually, medical diagnoses convinced him to join her in eating a more plant based diet. Deborah’s husband is grateful she kept after him all those years. According to Deborah, now they both agree that “a salad a day keeps the doctor away!”
Don’t you love that?
Whether it’s husbands or kids, it may take months or even years for some family members to change their eating habits. Studies show that it can take kids 20 or more times to accept a new food offered to them! The best bet they’ll try it sooner? Eat that food yourself!
6 of the Best Salad Recipes
Here are 6 of my very favorite, husband-and-kid-approved salad recipes!
- Kale, Quinoa, and Cranberry Salad with Soy Lime Dressing
- Fig and Feta Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Walnuts
- Fall Salad with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Potatoes, & Shallot Vinaigrette
- Brussels Sprouts Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
- Summer Superfood Salad with Blue Cheese and Chicken
- Bacon, Avocado, and Blue Cheese Salad + the BEST Blue Cheese Dressing