Salad sticks are a fun, attractive and engaging way to get kids more excited about veg! Perfectly portable, they are great for summer campouts, travel, picnics, lunchboxes and BBQs. Get the kids making these salad sticks this summer - it's as fun to make as it is to eat. Why not come up with your own favourite combinations and share them with us on social, tagging @VegPowerUK and #SaladSticks.

Method

Thread prepped ingredients onto skewers to make salad sticks, alternating the ingredients whichever way you like.

Serve as is or better yet, with a favourite dip.

Still got ingredients leftover? Toss the remaining chopped ingredients together for a more ‘traditional’ salad (with, or without lettuce) and drizzle with dressing (and fresh chopped herbs if you like) just before serving. To keep it portable, make sure you keep the salad ingredients (and herbs, if using) in a separate container to the dressing and add at the last minute to keep everything fresh and crisp. Chopping these veg quite small makes a great “chopped salad”. Salad leaves, cubed cheese, cooked meat or fish or beans/lentils, cooked grains like couscous or rice, torn bread or croutons, chopped watermelon or apple, chopped celery or finely chopped red onion are all great additions if you have them.

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids can really take charge here, which is part of why salad sticks are so popular with them! Make sure to prep any chopped ingredients for them, and keep an eye on their fingers around the sharp end of the skewer, but otherwise let them build it themselves. Help them with any harder ingredients.