Italian Chopped Salad
Sensory Objectives: Tasting this salad, you will find a wide variety of textures. Some vegetables will be raw, some blanched. They will all be crunchy! The white beans will be cooked. The cheese will be smooth.
Language Objectives: This is another great example of eating from the rainbow. What does that mean? Eating lots of brightly colored food. What else could we add? What might you take out because it isn’t your favorite?
Asian Napa Cabbage Slaw
Description: Crunchy, tangy cabbage slaw.
Sensory Objectives: Both parts of the dressing (horseradish root and seasoned rice vinegar) are strong. The cabbage will be very crisp and once you dress it, it will soften.
Language Objectives: Which ingredient is the acid? Do you know what “slaw” means? It is a mixture of items all sliced thinly and tossed with a dressing. There are other kinds of slaw like coleslaw, broccoli slaw, and fruit slaw.
Description: Light and tangy salad with summer fruits.
Sensory Objectives: Let’s think about seeing colors. Generally, the more colorful the food, the healthier. My yoga instructor talks about eating from the rainbow. Fruits and vegetables are bright, beautiful, and healthy!
Language Objectives: Why do they call it “stone fruit”? The middle is hard like a stone. Some people call it a seed, but it isn’t. The seed is inside the stone (is it really?). Can you think of other stone fruits? Mangoes? Cherries?
Spinach and Berry Salad
Description: Wonderful mix of summertime vegetables with salty, sweet, crunchy flavors.
Sensory Objectives: We are eating from the rainbow again. Look at the colors. Are they bright and vivid or deep and dark? Is one healthier or are both good?
Language Objectives: Why do you think fruit goes well with spinach? Do you like the combination?