I usually ride the craving wave of what my body wants to eat, and 50% of the time it yearns for salad. Sometimes as a main meal and sometimes as a side. Now the same can’t be said for my son, and I’m having a difficult time introducing salad into his diet. I keep trying and looking for new ways to make this introduction a lifelong habit of his. I want to teach him young to eat healthy. Do I mix more red ingredients in the salad? Should I start with just lettuce? What if I cut all the vegetables up into cute shapes? I tell you it’s been a struggle. Long story short, I was absolutely thrilled when I heard Whole Foods Market (Southern Pacific Region- Southern California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Las Vegas) are donating $$$$$ to help put in salad bars at local schools. My son’s school doesn’t have a salad bar, but if they did this would help with my salad training efforts, not just for my boy but for kids all over the district. Sign me up… What do I have to do? On Sunday Sept. 9th, 2012 Whole Foods Market will donate $1.00 for every pound of food purchased from the salad bar and hot food bars to move salad bars into local schools through The Whole Kids Foundation.
Easter just wouldn’t be complete without the presence of an ambrosia salad. I love this colorful, sweet and creamy salad. Some people make it with fruit cocktail, but my family prepares this little gem of a salad with mostly fresh fruit. Take sweet fruit and add nuts, marshmallows and cream to the bowl for a super yummy bunny treat. Even the Easter Rabbit will not be able to refuse. Adults and children alike scramble for the last bite. If ambrosia salad is not an Easter staple for you and yours, you’re surely missing out.
All photos taken by: Nicole Presley
Ingredients for ambrosia salad:
3/4 – cup pineapple chunks (sliced in half)
1 – cup maraschino cherries (cut in half)
1 – cup green seedless grapes (cut in half)
1 – cup seedless tangerines (peeled, and chopped into cubes)
1 – basket strawberries (sliced)
1 1/2 – cups shredded sweetened coconut
1 – cup pear (cored and sliced)
1 – cup fuji apple (cored and sliced)
2 – bananas (sliced)
3/4 – cup almonds (chopped)
3/4 – cup pecans (chopped)
1 – cup sugar
1/2 – teaspoon vanilla extract
2 – cups sour cream
1 – cup mini marshmallows
In a big bowl combine all chopped fruit. Then add chopped nuts and mix to combine. Set to the side.
In a bowl add sugar, vanilla and sour cream and mix well. Then pour the sweet cream mixture over the fruit. Mix well.
Then add marshmallows to fruit and cream mixture. Mix well and serve!