Even if your kiddo is staunchly salad-averse, this fun, colorful, customizable concept might be enticing enough to trick him turn him around.
The basic formula goes like this: in the bottom of a mason jar, layer dressing, sauce, or salsa; from there, add heartier, crunchier stuff that can tolerate soaking up some dressing — think tomatoes, cukes, peppers, carrots, celery, broccoli, grains, pasta — whatever your little likes. Next, pile on beans, lentils, corn, nuts, or seeds; after that, add goodies like chopped cheese, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, ham, turkey, or tuna.
For the grand finale, if your kid can deal with it, the greens, which will stay nice and crunchy away from the dressing but are by no means necessary and should be eliminated entirely and without a second thought if they will trip your child’s “Wait a minute, this is healthy!” sensor.
Kids can help assemble the night before, and when the lunch bell rings, all they have to do is give it a hearty shake and dig in.