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31 January 2012

Don't Underestimate Your Kids | Pickled Turnips and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

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Sometimes my kids really surprise me with the dishes that they like.  Sometimes I'll make a pasta dish I think they'll love it and they barely eat 3 bites.  Other times I make spinach smoothies for salads for myself that they keep asking for seconds of!  Craziness!  This is one of those dishes...

I made this little salad of pickled veggies for myself last night and chilled and marinated it overnight for lunch today.  When I pulled it out of the fridge, the boys kept asking for bite after bite, so I finally gave them each a serving and they whoofed it down.  One even asked for seconds.

Later when I was photographing the dish, I noticed a little hands sneaking into the frame...

Yeah -- they kinda liked it :)

So what IS this dish you ask??

It is a simple pickled salad of raw turnip and yellow tomato.  The marinade, pickling "juice" is a basic salad dressing and it infuses the veggies (Especially the turnips!) with a tart flavor.  I suppose the flavor would intensify if you left the salad in the fridge for a few days, but ours lasted but an evening.

Pickled Veggie Salad

2 cups of Cherry Tomatoes (I used yellow!), washed, not peeled
2 medium turnips, peeled and julienned


1 T Spicy Brown Mustard
1 T Lemon Juice
1 T White Vinegar
2 T Olive Oil
1/2 c Water
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Mix ingredients and let the flavors meld in the fridge overnight.  Serve cold or room temperature.  Easy Breezy!

What have your kids surprised you with??  Did they end up liking beets or kolrabi?  Do you have a broccoli freak in your house (we do!)


Maggie Tuesday, January 31, 2012  

My Tiny Roommate (I live with four people - she's the product of two of them) is two years old and LOVES Indian food. Just loves it. Her dad learned to make curry because we figured out it'd be far less pricey than ordering it, and she just devours it.

Nessa Bixler Tuesday, January 31, 2012  

So there is hope for my veggie hating child? Pureed carrots, spinach and cauliflower in pasta is about all I get. I alway pass by the turnips... not next time.

amy peca Tuesday, January 31, 2012  

one of my boys LOVE the pampered chef veggie pizza--has brocolli, carrots, red peppers etc--they do not normally like brocolli--but they both LOVE sriracha---they have dads love for spicy foods

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