Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Do-able Dinners: Salmon Salad the Kids Can Help to Make

Summer Salad with Cumin-Crusted Salmon
Food Preparation can be a big part of a Montessori classroom, at school or at home.  Here's one dish that our children can help with and that they enjoy eating.

Sorry--this is over 20 years old and I don't know the source!
We go meatless on Fridays, so our kids are used to eating fish all kinds of ways.

First heat a non-stick skillet, add the pine nuts and stir until toasty (about 5 minutes).  In a large bowl, place all salad ingredients (reserve half of the cilantro and half of the pine nuts for garnish). 

In a separate bowl, stir dressing ingredients together.  In a bowl, combine cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Cut salmon into 8 strips and coat with spices.  Grill (or sear in a non-stick skillet brushed with canola oil) until crusty. 

Toss salad and dressing; divide on plates. Top with salmon and reserved cilantro and pine nuts.

Our kids don't help yet with cooking the fish, but they can: 
  • wash the lettuce
  •  open and drain the cans of beans
  •  wash and slice up the scallions (either with a knife or kitchen scissors)
  •  peel and cut up the orange
  •  measure out and pour the feta
  • wash and chop the cilantro
  •  mince the garlic 
That's a lot to keep little hands busy!

It's full of protein and fiber, can be served hot or cold, and it's delicious!

Do you like the meatless recipes?  If so, I have a lot more :)