Carrot Salad…yeah, I was never a big fan until I tried this combination and my kids loved it! Only 4 ingredients, how much easier can you get?
I am trying to change things up and find new ways to get more servings of vegetables in our diet. I thought this was a pretty clever salad that appealed to all of my kids (and Mom & Dad too). Raw veggies are the best for us. I have some success with my kids eating raw baby carrots at lunchtime, but they are too difficult to eat for young children. So my 5-year-old will eat them and my 3-year-old says “it’s too hard”. So this salad is perfect for even my 1-year-old to eat because the carrots are shredded and the apples are cut into a very small dice. The combination of flavors are very appealing too. I like the sweet flavor of the carrot and raisins combined with the crunch of the apple.
Here’s is another tip that I learned recently for getting your youngsters to eat their vegetables at dinnertime and I think it makes perfect sense! Serve the vegetable as a first course instead of a side. I watch my kids eat up their dinner and usually leave their veggie for the end. Sometimes it turns out that they are “full” by the time they get to the most important part of their meal. So I tried this theory one night and served this Carrot Apple Salad as a first course, in a small individual bowls for my whole family. My kids at first looked at me funny and said, “hey, where’s my dinner”, but then I explained that it was still coming. All three kids gobbled up this salad with no complaints. They were hungry and didn’t fill up on the rest of their dinner yet.
Carrot Apple Salad
note: may be doubled, tripled depending on how many you are serving
1 large organic carrot, shredded with box grater
1 small apple, diced small
1/4 C raisins
1-2 TB mayonnaise
Toss the shredded carrot, apple and raisins together and coat with mayonnaise.