It’s harder to get kids to eat some foods than it is to try others. They’re happy to gobble up sweets, chips and similar foods but often turn their nose up to vegetables. But, there is one way to serve a mini salad that will have kids lining up to grab another and another! Even if you don’t have kids you can make these unusual but delicious salads for guests and family.
When you think of serving salad you automatically think it has to be served in bowls. Usually, that’s true but when you make cracker salads it’s a totally different arrangement. Have you ever crumbled crackers in your salad? It’s delicious! Use crackers instead of a bowl and you’ll serve delicious mini salads without all the dishes!
Choose the crackers you want to use as the base for the salad. Cheesy crackers, flavored crackers or ordinary crackers – they all work fine for making the unusual salads. Each type of cracker will give you a different flavor to the salad so try several different types. The crackers can be round, square or other shapes but can’t be really small.
Cut foods into small pieces and stack them on the crackers. Start with a piece of lettuce, add a slice from a tiny tomato, a piece of thin ham, a pepperoni slice, a thin slice of cheese – or any other toppings you want. Some other choices include a pickle slice, olive slice, piece of onion, bacon bits, sunflower seeds and other small foods. For best results, place the lettuce on the cracker, then add small things like bacon bits or sunflower seeds, before stacking the other items. Placing the really tiny things on top means they’ll likely fall off as you try to eat the cracker.
If you’re using a thick dressing, like mayonnaise, place it on the cracker before stacking the other foods. If you’re using a thinner dressing drizzle a little bit on the lettuce before stacking the other foods. Thin dressings will stay in place if the lettuce piece has a slight bowl shape.
The miniature cracker salads are delicious as snacks, appetizers or as meals for kids. You can make them up ahead of time or let each kid make a small variety himself. Your friends will love them, your kids will gobble them up – they’re scrumptious!