For this week’s column, I wanted to make something fresh, and I wanted the recipe to encourage my son to eat something fresh too. Over the years, I’ve learned that he tries more foods and eats his best when he helps make the meal. Like he did, your kids can help you slice and dice all of the colorful goodies for this rainbow salad and then enjoy the nutritious ingredients straight from the jar. (Although my son ate his salad layer by layer because he thought it was too pretty to shake up.)

Anything goes here. Stick with rainbow-colored fruits and vegetables for the visual appeal, and don’t hesitate to use anything in your refrigerator that’s on the verge of going bad. You can even toss in leftover roasted vegetables if you want. Any salad dressing works as well. If ranch dressing is the only kind your kids will eat, I say go for it. The goal is to show them that fresh food can be fun and tasty.

Rainbow Salad in a Jar

Serves | 2 |

Cilantro-Lime Dressing (Yields 1 cup)

  • ⅓ cup cilantro leaves
  • ⅓ cup olive or avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Rainbow Salad in a Jar

  • ⅓ cup cilantro-lime dressing (recipe follows)
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced radishes
  • ½ cup packed purple lettuce 
  • ⅓ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup packed spinach
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • ⅓ cup sweet corn
  • ⅓ cup chopped orange bell pepper
  • ⅓ cup halved cherry tomatoes

| Preparation – Cilantro-Lime Dressing | Add cilantro, oil, lime juice, vinegar, water and honey to a food processor; pulse until well blended. Add garlic powder and cumin; pulse a few more times. Pour dressing into a bowl; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer dressing to a jar with a lid and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

| Preparation – Rainbow Salad in a Jar | In a Mason jar, add all ingredients in order, creating a rainbow (ROYGBIV). When you’re ready to eat, give the jar a good shake or pour salad into a bowl and toss.