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Kids Cook Monday: Shredded Carrot, Beet, and Apple Slaw Recipe

Updated on July 26, 2012

My boys and I have been having a blast making weekly meals for The Kids Cook Monday campaign. We've had the opportunity to spend some quality time together and the best part is we get to eat & enjoy whatever we happen to be preparing in the kitchen. Cooking with kids also offers great educational opportunities and teaching moments for both of you.

One of the things my boys really enjoy doing is using small kitchen appliances. We use the food processor a lot and they take pleasure in seeing how quickly a whole raw vegetable or block of cheese can become quickly shredded. So, they were quite pleased when I told them we were going to prepare a raw vegetarian slaw for this weeks hub.

This raw vegetarian slaw is sweet and nutritious. Serve it by itself as a tasty side dish, on a bed of spinach for a delicious salad or bring it along on your next potluck to share with family and friends.

Shredded Carrot, Beet, & Apple Slaw served on a bed of baby spinach & topped with almond flowers.
Shredded Carrot, Beet, & Apple Slaw served on a bed of baby spinach & topped with almond flowers. | Source

Preparation Time

This dish can be prepared in less than 20 minutes (possibly longer with children helping). It is a raw food recipe and requires 0 cooking time.

Ingredients

Presentation is Important: Be Proud!

My children have felt very proud after preparing a dish to share. Today we took the time to present our creation more formally.

Nice looking dishes are more visually appetizing and that is sometimes enough of a nudge to get children to try food they may not otherwise be interested in.

For today's dish, we used a glass truffle dish. Then we layered baby spinach along the bottom and topped it with the veggie slaw. We decorated the top with several almond flowers by using 5 almonds to form each petal of a flower.

I think my boys were extra proud this week when showing off the meal to their dad and then we all enjoyed eating it together.

Photos: Making Veggie Slaw

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Ingredients: carrots, beet, apples, dressing, dried cranberriesShred beetShred carrotsShred applesAdd dried cranberriesAdd salad dressingMix all ingredients with 2 forks or salad tongsDecorate with almond flowersThe proud chefs!Presentation is important too
Ingredients: carrots, beet, apples, dressing, dried cranberries
Ingredients: carrots, beet, apples, dressing, dried cranberries | Source
Shred beet
Shred beet | Source
Shred carrots
Shred carrots | Source
Shred apples
Shred apples | Source
Add dried cranberries
Add dried cranberries | Source
Add salad dressing
Add salad dressing | Source
Mix all ingredients with 2 forks or salad tongs
Mix all ingredients with 2 forks or salad tongs | Source
Decorate with almond flowers
Decorate with almond flowers | Source
The proud chefs!
The proud chefs! | Source
Presentation is important too
Presentation is important too | Source

Directions

  • Wash beets, carrots, & apple
  • Cut ends off carrots, but no need to peel
  • If needed, cut fruit & vegetables so they are small enough to fit into the food processor
  • Mix shredded beet, carrots, & apples in medium bowl
  • Add 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Pour in 1/2 cup salad dressing
  • Toss with fork or salad tongs
  • Serve alone or on a bed of greens
  • Enjoy!

Kitchen Safety

  • Children should always be closely supervised in the kitchen, especially while using appliances to help prevent injuries
  • Remind children the kitchen is not a place to play
  • Be sure to demonstrate how to use a kitchen tool before letting kids do it themselves

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      Chantele and Julie 3 years ago from Wales

      oh that sounds tasty!

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      Aditya Soni 4 years ago from India

      Actually i like raw foods and eating these types of interesting salads. I don't know what should i name this recipe but it really gave me a yummyyyyyyyyyyy feeling after preparing it. A healthy hub and a useful one ..........Voted upp!!!

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Thanks, kittyjj, you must try beets, they are one of my favorite vegetables! I also have written another hub about roasting beets, that you can check out at https://hubpages.com/food/Kids-Cook-Monday-Roasted...

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      I have never eaten beets. I don't know how to cook them so I don't buy them. Thanks for an easy to make recipe on beets and it's a great idea to have the kids to join the fun. :)

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Yum. This sounds excellent, refreshing, and healthy. Thanks for sharing!

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Thank you for your kind words, Claudia! I've been really enjoying writing on HubPages, the community feedback is invaluable and it has been an incredibly positive experience.

      I hope you enjoy the salad as much as we did, it is a great meal to make when the weather is hot, especially since there is no cooking involved.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      What a beautifully presented, delicious looking salad. I will definitely try this one because I love raw food and I like to eat big interesting salads like this one for lunch (especially in hot days like we're having right now in Mexico). I also want to congratulate you in the way you edited and formatted your Hub; you are one of my favorite writers here.