I don't know about you, but when it's hot outside the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven! So as the temperatures warm-up, I stay on the lookout for easy to prepare meals that can be eaten cold or at room temperature.
In addition to hitting those points, salads like this one are also a great way to encourage kids to try new foods. Why? Because it's flexible enough to be deconstructed or specialized: kids can simply taste the components they are unfamiliar with and still have a fulfilling meal that packs a nutritional punch:
Letting your kiddos help with prep might also increase their chances of giving these foods a try. Let them crumble the feta (or put the crumbles into the bowl), have them measure the quinoa, or let them help you chop the cucumbers (these are great beginner knives for little chefs). Measuring and shaking salad dressing (if you make it in a sealed container) is also a hit in our house!
Are you making your weekend grocery list? Looking for a super easy meal to wow your weekend guests, or just get from stove to table in no time. Look no further!
The star of this recipe: beets.
Before you groan and click "back", hear me out. Beets are incredible. They may not be as accessible as the carrot, exotic as the artichoke, or beautifully curvy as the eggplant, but beets have fabulous flavor and pack a nutritional punch (they are an excellent source of folate, manganese, potassium and fiber).