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  • Shannon Crocker MSc RD

Simple Food: Salad on a Stick

Have you ever been to a summer back yard party and tried eating salad with a plastic fork while balancing a flimsy paper plate on your lap? Not fun! Am I right? Then you’ll appreciate this salad on a stick!

Here's why I love Salad on a Stick:

  • They’re super simple to make.

  • The salad sticks can be made the day ahead so, on the day of the party, you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your friends.

  • They are totally portable if you need a potluck item to take to someone else’s party.

  • Your guests will think you are brilliant and fun! People love to eat food on a stick. (Why that is, no one knows.)

  • You can choose whatever veggies you like – the combinations are truly endless!

  • Your kids can make them for you. Ahem, I mean, your kids can get involved in the kitchen.

Truly, there’s no recipe required for Salad on a Stick. Oh sure, I could write a recipe for it, but, really, there are only three steps:

  1. Chop vegetables and other ingredients (e.g. cheese) into big bite size pieces.

  2. Skewer as many ingredients as you can fit, in any order, on each stick.

  3. Lightly drizzle each Salad on a Stick with whatever dressing works with your ingredient combo. Easy peasy!

Here are five of my favourite Salad on a Stick combos:

  1. Garden Salad: grape tomatoes, red pepper, mini mushrooms, carrots, iceberg lettuce. Dressing option: any

  2. Caprese Salad: grape tomatoes, mini bocconcini cheese, basil leaves. Dressing option: good quality olive oil drizzle and pinch of coarse sea salt

  3. Wedge Salad: iceberg lettuce, grape tomatoes, red onion, piece of bacon. Dressing option: blue cheese

  4. Greek Salad: feta cheese, cucumber, kalmata olives, red onion. Dressing option: lemony vinaigrette with lots of garlic and oregano

  5. Watermelon Salad: watermelon, feta cheese, cucumber, mint leaves. Dressing option: Balsamic glaze

I partnered with my friends over at Produce Made Simple to share my salad creation on CHCH Morning Live as part of a segment on Ontario Greenhouse veggies for Canada Day; however, this post is not a sponsored one.

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