And now you will think how a salad recipe landed at a blog with kids friendly recipes. Trust me we don’t talk about any salad. We talk about The Euphoria Salad and here is everything you need to know on how to prepare a delicious festive salad for the whole family to enjoy. If you follow me on social media you should know by now that we love salads in our household and its a side dish that you always find at our dinner table. The Euphoria salad is perfect for any special occasion or holiday dinner table or even a weekday meal if you feel like it. Now tell me, is this the yummiest Christmas wreath or what?
“How delicious does this Christmas wreath look?”
How to build the perfect festive salad
- Greens. The base of this salad is baby spinach and arugula. You can add kale and baby chard as well. I also used broccoli, mint and sprouted greens for extra texture.
- Add some color. We need to eat the rainbow right? So I added sweet corn, pomegranate, cherry tomatoes, avocados and cucumbers for more vitamins.
- Add some protein and crunch. I added shaved parmesan, crushed walnuts and hemp seeds.
- Don’t skip the dressing. Today I used an tangy and sweet dressing as I feel it goes perfectly with leafy greens.
The perfect dressing for this salad has to be slightly sweet from the maple syrup and tangy from the orange with a helping of good fats from olive oil. My secret is to use both the juice and the zest from the orange to intensify the flavor. Also I always use good quality extra virgin olive oil to boost for its health benefits and flavor.
Why I call this “The Euphoria Salad”
This is a salad that I have corelated with special events. This is a salad that we always prepare for holidays dinner and it was also served at our wedding. In ancient Greece, pomegranate symbolized the eternal life and well being. Also, walnuts symbolized fertility and it’s synonymous with intellect and mental aptitude. Also the slightly sweet dressing that I choose for this salad was intentional as this was my way to wish a sweet new year that is coming. So, this is the salad of happiness, mental well being and euphoria!
How to serve this to babies and young toddler
You can serve all the ingredients of this salad to a baby and young toddler however you will need to make some adjustments to make sure that it is served appropriately for their age. So here is what you need to do if you decide to serve this to younger kids.
- Thinly chop the leafy greens and/or slightly sauté them
- Half and/or quarter the cherry tomatoes
- Blend the walnuts into powder
- Skip the pomegranates for young babies
Whole cherry tomatoes, nuts and pomegranates can be a choking hazard for young kids so you need to make sure that you serve them appropriately based on your kids age.
- If you are serving this for a holiday dinner, I would highly recommend to use a big flat platter and create a wreath with your salad to impress your guests.
- If any of your guest is nut free or dairy free make sure that you serve the crushed walnuts or parmesan on the side.
- You can prepare the salad ahead of time and add the dressing 5 min before you serve. You can also serve extra dressing in a small saucer for your guests to add more if they want to.
- Turn your ordinary salad to an experience! Create a small salad bar and along with the salad serve extra toppings. This way your guest can customize their salad
The Euphoria Salad – Everything you need to know on how to prepare a delicious festive saladCourse: SaladsDifficulty: Easy
½ pound baby spinach
½ pound baby arugula
1 cup broccoli florets, steamed
½ pomegranate, seeds only
1 cup cherry tomatoes
½ cup cucumber, cut in star shapes with
veggie cutters* or just sliced
1/3 cup sweet corn, boiled
½ cup parmesan, shaved
½ avocado, sliced
¼ cup mint leaves
¼ cup sprouted greens (optional)
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
2 tbsp hemp seeds
- For the dressing
1 orange, zest and juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
- In a big platter, arrange the leafy greens (spinach and arugula) in a wreath shape
- Top it with the rest of the ingredients
- In a small jar mix the ingredients for the dressing
- Top the salad with the dressing and serve
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