Forget the make your own pizza party and get your guests involved in making their own garden salad, complete with edible dirt. I bet your kids will love this fun serving idea too. Includes Paleo version too.
If you’ve been following my blog posts over at Kidspot (with handy tips for getting more greens into your diet), you would have seen a concise serving suggestion for this fun to make garden salad with edible dirt, but I thought it was too cute not to share it on here as well.
While I consider myself to be an inventive cook, sometimes like in the case of the Quinoa Sushi, the credit goes to others. In this case it was the launch of Theresa Cutter’s revised The 80/20 Diet Cookbook that introduced me to the idea of building your own garden salad in little pots. It was loads of fun and delicious as well, but everyone was highly intrigued by the dirt and what was in it. It was so dark and soil-like in looks! I mean, wouldn’t you be?
The base of the soil was made from Dutch Pumpernikel bread. It’s perfectly dark and dense for the job. Black tahini added a touch of richness and moisture to it, but for a gluten-free and Paleo version I think a mixture of cooked buckwheat and black tahini would work just as well.
I also liked the idea of dolloping a range of dips onto the soil instead of standard dressings – something I practice a lot of in my daily mish mash concoctions. Added vegetables are a fab bonus. As for the veggies – well, the choice is yours. I find that lightly blanched beans make good “snakes”, steamed cauliflower and roasted carrots provide sweetness and soft texture against crunchy cucumbers and pops of tomato flavour.
Who knew salad could be so much fun?