Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Month of Veggies, Day 1: Cucumber Salad

Last night kicked off my attempt to follow Parents Magazine's "20 Kid-Friendly Veggies" plan: "Get your picky kid to start trying (and yes, loving) vegetables in just one month."

Hm. That's a lofty promise.

So last night was day 1: Cucumber Ribbon Salad. As it turns out, this is the recipe I had the least interest in. And honestly, it was fine, but I doubt I'll make it again. It was way too oily for my taste, so if we try it again, I'm leaving the canola oil out. It looked pretty, though.

Cucumber Ribbon Salad
(adapted from Parents Magazine)

2 cucumbers
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp sesame oil
salt & pepper

In a large bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, honey, and sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper. Trim the ends of the cucumber and cut it in half. Using a vegetable peeler, peel ribbons off of one side of the cucumber, until you hit the seeds. Then peel from the other side, until you hit seeds. (I chopped up the seedy center that was left over to put on salads). Toss the ribbons in the dressing and serve.

Here is pictorial proof that Abby actually tried these cucumbers - that alone is progress! She really did not like them. I can't blame her, as they came out kind of slimy. Again, I think done without the canola oil, they would be a lot better.

(and yeah... she's eating dinner in her Christmas pajamas. Anyone else have a kid who is obsessed with wearing pajamas at all hours of the day?)


~Bobbi~ said...

My kids get out of their pajamas and pick out new fresh pajamas to wear for the day! I understand!!! Most of the time I don't mind either!

Anonymous said...

I tried this with your suggestion to leave out the canola oil and I liked it. I left mine sitting in the dressing in the fridge for a while and then I took the ribbons and rolled them up and shoved a toothpick in them. I managed to get my 4 year old to eat a couple of them (he loves food on toothpicks), normally he avoids all foods with sauce or dressing.

Kara said...

Cute idea! I bet marinating in the dressing for a while helped, too! I'm glad you were able to sneak some cucumber into your son :-)