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Saadia’s Tomato, Pepper & Cucumber Salad Sticks

Saadia Noorani


Serves: As many as you like!

Prep time: 5 mins


Cherry tomatoes (or tomatoes cut into bitesize pieces)

(Yellow) pepper, chopped into bitesize chunks

Cucumber, chopped into bitesize chunks or sliced

Baby spinach leaves

Veg Portions / Serving: 1


Kitchen Ninja

Recipe and photography from Saadia Noorani

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.


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 ingredients together with extra baby spinach leaves for a more ‘traditional’ salad 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. Cubed cheese, cooked meat or fish or beans/lentils, croutons/torn bread or chopped apple or pear 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.

Saadia Noorani

Saadia is a nutritionist specialising in public health nutrition who has worked at the Food Standards Agency, World Action on Salt and Health and EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).

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