The Power of Parenting

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Tossed Salad

Cooking with your child encourages exploring the colours, textures and flavours of food as you prepare a meal or snack. Making a simple salad is a great way to spend some Comfort, Play & Teach™ together!


You will need:
  • Salad greens (explore different kinds of lettuce like iceberg, Romaine or red leaf, or try using spinach)
  • A variety of veggies like carrots, red onions, sliced mushrooms, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, grape tomatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vinegar
  • Fresh or dried herbs, salt and pepper
  • Big bowl
  • Salad tongs



  • Involve your child in ripping and washing the salad greens, while a grown up peels and chops other vegetables, as required.
  • Enjoy tasting the different vegetables and describing them. Which is your child’s favourite?
  • Place all of the salad ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle them with oil and vinegar. Your child can sprinkle on the herbs, salt and pepper and then help with tossing and serving the salad.


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:

Comfort:Let your child know what an excellent cook he is. Provide lots of praise and encouragement to help build his confidence in his abilities.

Play:Enjoy a guessing game while you prepare the salad. Tell your child you are thinking of an ingredient that is orange and crunchy or one that is long and green.

Teach:Experiment with different ingredients. How does the salad taste if you add cheese, chick peas, apple chunks or sunflower seeds? Does your child prefer raspberry vinegar or Balsamic? How do dried herbs taste compared to fresh?