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Recipe: Chopped Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Recipe: Chopped Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

I love salads, but many parents think kids won’t go for them. This is one of the few salads my kids really love because they can help choose what goes in it. I’ve found that my kids and their friends will go for crunchy romaine lettuce because of its great texture.

I recently saw Jamie Oliver pile all of his salad ingredients on a cutting board, then drizzle the dressing over the top and let the kids mix it with their (clean) hands. You can serve it directly off the board with tongs in the middle of the table. What a fun way to eat salad!


For the dressing:

3 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 tsp lemon zest
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup canola oil


For the salad:

2 hearts of romaine
1 carrot, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed, then diced
1 cup croutons
3 hard boiled eggs, quartered
1/3 cup currants
3 green onions (scallions), minced
1 avocado, diced
Other ideas: crumbled blue cheese, chopped chicken, steak, or shrimp


To make the dressing, combine the lemon juice, zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a fresh grinding of pepper in a small bowl. Add the egg yolk (or 2 tsp Dijon mustard, if you don't want to use raw egg) and whisk to combine. Slowly add the oil, whisking until it’s incorporated. Taste and add more oil, lemon juice, or salt to balance the flavors. Set aside.

Place all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl, or on a large cutting board for fun. Drizzle 1/2 of the dressing over the top, mix with tongs or your hands, and taste. Add more dressing if necessary. Pile onto 4 plates and enjoy!

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, teacher, cooking video host, and the founder of One Family One Meal, a website that helps families menu plan, grocery shop, and cook on a budget. Find her on Twitter at @amandahaascooks or on Facebook at

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DeRobert DeRobert 5 years
My children loved helping create their own salad. My 15 year old son & 14 year old daughter weren't huge salad eaters until they were "re-introduced" to them by their diabetic 5 year old brother. He loves that his older siblings make his dinner :o)
LindaGillinghamMaric LindaGillinghamMaric 5 years
Can't wait to try this with the grandkiddies!! Sounds like fun and a healthy meal taboot!!
GinaMontalba GinaMontalba 5 years
so yummy,my kid surely love it
ReneClarke ReneClarke 5 years
My son hates tomato's... :-(
DanielleWilson13955 DanielleWilson13955 5 years
Um, I wouldn't give my kid raw egg yolk.
This salad dressing was easy, light and tasted good,
LouiseGardener LouiseGardener 5 years
sounds lovely but my 3 year old daughter happily asks for salad as long as i put a bit of salad cream on and a sprinkling of cheese it will go. another alternative is i add chopped up chicken or turkey to it and she loves it. she even asks for salad at every meal time
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