To prepare, just set out a number of toppings. Include various food groups for a well rounded meal. It may involve some chopping or heating, but the prep work can be quite minimal.
Assembly is easy, because everyone makes their own. Everyone starts with a plate of lettuce leaves. Then we add toppings according to our tastes. Small children can do this — and can become remarkably good eaters when they make their meal themselves. Use whatever rules or guidelines work for your family. Ours is to include at least 3 different colours, and at least 1 protein.
Last night our meal included:
Sauteed garlic scapes
Hard boiled egg
Raisins (Yes — we include raisins. The kids think it’s fun, and why not eat a few raisins with all those veggies)
Other ideas we have used in the past:
Chicken (if we have some leftover)
Various sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, pea shoots)
Sunflower or sesame seeds
Top with your favourite salad dressing. We use a homemade blend of Olive oil (sometimes we add flax oil as well), balsamic vinegar, and a small amount of salt and maple syrup.
At the end of the meal cleanup is pretty quick. I just take all the leftover “bits” and make myself a salad for lunch the next day.
Have ideas of other ingredients we could add? We would love to hear your suggestions!