Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Kid friendly chefs salad recipe

Sick of hearing 'I hate salad'? Try serving up this kid-friendly 'salad' to your little ones that has fun finger food sticks instead of everything all mixed together.

Serving Size:




  • 6 cherry tomato (halved)
  • 1/3 capsicum
  • 6 slice 97% fat-free ham (deli)
  • 50 g cheddar cheese


Prepare vegetables – peel and cut carrot into long sticks; cut cucumber into strips, remove inner seeds if you like; slice tomatoes into halves, slice capsicum.

Prepare proteins – roll up ham slices or cut into long strips. Cut cheese into long strips.

Arrange all ingredients on a plate in groups of individual foods so the child can choose what they like.

Serve with soft wholemeal bread and a glass of milk. Let your child eat with their fingers.


  • Cheese and ham are the cornerstone of a Chef’s salad but after that it’s really what you’ve got hanging around in the fridge. Any combo of vegetables and cold meats or chicken works well. Sometimes I like to add green grapes or a few blueberries for a sweet note.
  • If your child is fussy about eating their food separately, arrange the long strips in a nice pattern, grouping the single foods together so “nothing touches each other".
  • This recipe was created by Catherine Saxelby for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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