A great way to help young children eat more vegetables is to make meal time fun. Combine a name like chop chop salad with the bright primary colors that kids love and they'll be begging you to make this salad more often. The crisp bacon and creamy dressing only add to the kid friendly appeal of this dish. With no cooking required (make the bacon ahead of time), this salad is fabulous on a hot summer night where standing in front of a grill or stove is completely unbearable. You can control the calorie and fat content by choosing lean bacon and fat free dressing. Enjoy this delicious dinner tonight just
1 romaine lettuce heart
4 to 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked until crisp, cooled, and chopped
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Salad Dressing, recommended: Ranch or Blue Cheese
- Chop the lettuce heart into 1- to 2-inch pieces. Combine it with the bacon, other vegetables, and nuts in a large bowl and toss the mixture well.
- Keep the salad chilled until serving time. Then toss it again with enough dressing to lightly coat the vegetables, and season it with salt and pepper.