Between chopping, juicing, and mixing, there are a lot of ways for kids to take ownership of preparing this salad.
While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: grapefruit.
🍊 food groups1🍊
- Fruits: grapefruit
- Veggies: arugula, avocado2
- Grains: none
- Protein: none
- Dairy: none
1For information about food and health, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
2Because of its seed, an avocado is considered a fruit by botanists. But the USDA considers avocados to be veggies, based on their nutrients.
- Grapefruit is known for its sour to semi-sweet flavor.
- The fruit grows on grapefruit trees, which can reach 25-30 feet tall.
- Grapefruit originated in Barbados and is a cross between and orange and a pomelo.
- A grapefruit’s color can vary from white or yellow to pink or red.
- Grapefruit is an excellent source of nutrients and vitamins like Vitamin C, which helps support our immune system.
Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Grapefruit, Avocado, and Arugula Salad. Simply hover over each image for details. And make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!
To help make the grapefruit salad, kids can:
Grownups can help kids cut the grapefruit in half and scoop out the flesh.
Cut avocado lengthwise in half, remove pit, scoop out halves with a spoon, and cut into chunks. (See kid knife suggestions below)
Separate mint leaves from stems*
Kitchen shears or snippers are great for this task.
Combine salad ingredients in bowl
We recommend these herb shears for adults and these safety snippers for kids (pictured above). For chopping the mint and avocado, we are totally excited about these FOUR KIDS KNIVES that we reviewed in a recent post. The knife pictured above is Kuhn Rikon’s serrated kids knife.
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To prepare the salad dressing, kids may:
Squeeze juice from grapefruit shells into bowl
We think this is the funnest part 😜
Measure & combine dressing ingredients
We use this Pyrex Measuring Cup to mix the dressing.
*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.