Being healthy doesn’t have to be boring.
Can you imagine the pressure of being the executive Chef for The White House? Not only do you need to impress the President and the First Family, but all the foreign dignitaries, icons, and celebrities who show up expecting pretty good grub. According to White House culinary wizard Cris Comerford, her most daunting task has been cooking healthy food for 5th graders and making sure they liked it.
Check out the video of The Today Show as Cris shares a particularly popular recipe amongst the pickiest of eaters.
If you want to re-create the “White House Salad” for your own house, here’s the recipe. Please share!!!
- 4 cups torn spinach and/or romaine
- 1 small cucumber, seeded, if desired
- 3 oz. broccoli florets, blanched and shocked*( 1 cup)
- 3 oz. tender fresh green beans, blanched and shocked*( 1 1/2 cups)
- 3/4 cup frozen edamame, thawed
- 1 1/2 cups halved green grapes
- 1 recipe Fresh Herb Dressing
- Lemon wedges
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. snipped fresh Italian parsley, basil, or thyme
- 2 tsp. yellow mustard
- 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
In a screw-top jar combine orange juice, olive oil, vinegar, herb, mustard and pepper. Cover and shake well. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Stir or shake well before using.
Raspberry vinaigrette: Prepare as above, except substitute raspberry vinegar, and add 1/4 cup mashed fresh raspberries.
On a large cutting board, cut lettuce and cucumber into bite-size pieces. Add to a large salad bowl. Add broccoli, beans, edamame, and grapes. Toss gently to mix. Drizzle about 1/3 recipe fresh herb dressing over vegetables. Toss gently to coat mixture with dressing.
Serve in small tumblers or cups with lemon wedges, if desired. Pass remaining dressing, if desired.
Teaching Notes: Before chopping lettuce, wash lettuce and remove excess water from leaves by patting dry with paper towels. Salad dressing clings better to dry lettuce.
Shocking vegetables: Bring a saucepan half filled with water to a boil. Carefully add vegetables and cook 3 minutes (do not wait for water to return to boil to start timing). Drain in colander and immediately add to a bowl of ice water to halt cooking. Drain well before using.
Before chopping lettuce, wash lettuce and remove excess water from leaves by patting dry with paper towels. Salad dressing clings better to dry lettuce.
Serving Size: Makes 6 servings