Monday, February 6, 2012

Cooking With Kids: Fruit Salad

I don't really write too many cooking posts. It's not that I don't like to cook or never cook with the kids, but I just haven't figured out how to do it and take pictures at the same time! But, I did want to share the one project that gets the girls screaming with glee if I suggest it: fruit salad. They love to make it and they love to eat it. 

It's always a collaborative project. We each choose one to two fruits we want in the salad, which often results in a shopping trip. The shopping is part of the fun for us, but this project most certainly does not need to involve shopping. Just use what you already have! Bananas and blueberries always seem to be a mainstay in our salads. Lizzie loves the responsibility of cutting the banana. It's the perfect fruit to teach knife skills. It's soft, easy to cut, and usually stays put on the cutting board. AJ is typically responsible for adding the blueberries. I'll tackle the harder fruits, like apples or pears. When everything is in the bowl, the girls will take turns stirring. We don't add anything else to the salad, just the fruit. Nothing else is needed.

Sometimes we use all fresh fruit, and sometimes we will use fruit from a can. This is usually because it's winter and it's sometimes hard to find fresh fruit that tastes good. If you want peaches in January, more than likely they'll come from a can!

In this particular fruit salad, we used:
1 banana
Handful of blueberries
1 apple
1 small can pineapple
1 small can peaches

The best part about fruit salad is that anything will work and it always tastes good together. We worked together, combined our favorites, and came up with something even better than if we just ate a banana! There's nothing better!

What is your favorite thing to cook with your kids?


  1. This looks delicious - and we have all the ingredients in our house! Plan to make it with the kids tomorrow, thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

    And thank you for linking up to Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

  2. That's one of my son's favorite things to make! We often make a huge bowl and take it to share with someone we love. I love that you put it in little glasses!

  3. looks yummy! I love fruit salad, thanks for linking to Fun Sparks


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