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Tom’s Basque ‘Gilda’ Salad Sticks

Tom Hunt


Serves: As many as you like!

Prep time: 5 mins


Seasonal vegetables (eg. cherry tomatoes, cucumber, broad beans, kohlrabi, carrots, fennel)

Olives (optional)

Roasted peppers (optional)

Herbs and edible flowers (optional)

Veg Portions / Serving: 1


Kitchen Ninja

Recipe & Photography from Tom Hunt (

This dish is inspired by a Basque Pintxos recipe called Gilda. A Gilda usually consists of an olive, anchovy and pepper skewered onto a toothpick. My daughter loves olives so I thought this might be a fun way to deliver them along with some other vegetables. Salad on a stick is a fun way to enjoy vegetables as canapés or with kids. I made these with my daughter and allowed her to choose which ingredients were put onto each skewer. Choose a few ingredients you know your children will like and mix them up with a few new ingredients incase they are feeling adventurous and want to try something they aren’t used to eating.

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Cut ingredients into small bite size pieces. Thread onto skewers or toothpicks. Enjoy!

Note: Cut the sharp spike off the end of the skewers or toothpicks to make them more child-friendly.

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. 

Tom Hunt

Tom Hunt is an award-winning chef, food writer and food waste campaigner. His Bristol restaurant Poco attained the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s highest ever score of 96%.

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