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.

This is a really good combo, with the sweetness of the watermelon, the salty squeakiness of the halloumi and the cool crunch of the cucumber. The colours look so pretty - and it’s a great idea to add a little protein (from cheese) to a salad stick to make it a more satisfying snack.

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 and drizzle with dressing and fresh chopped herbs or a little dried oregano 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. Chopped peppers, feta cubes in place of halloumi, cherry tomatoes, croutons/torn bread or cooked chicken 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.