Children’s Cookbook: Salad Edition

Secret Service Salad by 9 year old Michael

Michael Lakind“I came up with this idea because I love to eat fresh, healthy, and light food. I came up with the name for the salad because I am very interested in the important job of the Secret Service.” Michael likes to have this with a tasty carrot soup he calls Bunny Bisque. –Michael Lakind, age 9, Texas 

Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)

4 slices whole-grain bread, cut into cubes

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon parsley

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup white-wine vinegar

1 (8-ounce) package fresh baby spinach

2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, grilled or cooked and cut into thin slices

1 pint strawberries, stemmed and sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. On a baking sheet, drizzle the bread cubes with butter, stirring so each piece gets a little butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with parsley. Bake until the bread is crisp, about 20 minutes.
  3. While the bread is baking, in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, chicken, strawberries, and croutons. Drizzle with the dressing, and serve.

This is a great way to encourage children to get involved in the cooking process and also a way to encourage healthy eating. I’m definately inspired by this 9 year old. I hope you are too.

Kale Chips by 9 year old Samuel

Samuel Wohabe“I’ve always loved kale chips, and can eat the entire head of kale this way!”—Samuel Wohabe, age 9, New York     


1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. On a large nonstick baking pan, drizzle the kale with olive oil, season with salt, and toss until evenly coated. Bake until crispy, about 15 minutes.

Via Let’s Move!


5 thoughts on “Children’s Cookbook: Salad Edition

  1. My daughter actually got inspired by the first children’s cookbook you posted and now my 6-yr old son helps me in the kitchen and is constantly asking questions. Perhaps I have future chefs in the house. Thanks for posting.

  2. I like this. I’m glad Let’s Move! is encouraging children to eat healthy and cook. These two recipes seem simple enough for any child over the age of 9 to try. Thanks for posting.

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