A fabulous Caribbean Salad with grilled chicken, mango salsa and honey orange vinaigrette that highlights seasonal fresh produce. Get your kids into the kitchen to help you whip up a meal that will help you eat the rainbow and expand their palates.
I was recently contacted by Publix and Produce for Kids to help them promote their Healthy Eating Campaign. The mission of Produce for Kids is stated as, “to educate families about the benefits of eating nutritious produce as part of a healthy lifestyle.”
I really did not have to think about whether or not I wanted to join this campaign. I mean, could I think of anything better to help promote? Children eating better–YES, please!!! Oh and in exchange, the suppliers will make a donation to Feeding America and other communtiy children’s organizations.
So basically what I am saying is that if you buy one of the following products pictured through July 1 from one of my favorite grocers, Publix, you will help support hungry children! (If Publix is not in your area you can shop at ACME Markets; Associated Wholesale Grocers’ Major Savings, Advantage, Independent, Country Mart, Homeland and United divisions; Meijer Stores; Niemann Foods, Inc.; Price Chopper; Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc’s Pick n’ Save, Copps and Metro Market divisions).
So you grocery shop, feed your family, and feed others–sounds too good to be true, BUT it is NOT!
My kids were so excited to help me create a recipe with these products. We decided to create a Caribbbean Salad. Why? It is filled with fresh produce, flavor, and tastes like a tropical vacation!
First things first. Hit the grocery store and load up on the fresh foods.There was no reason to limit myself to just the ingredients I needed for my salad, many of these products are staples in my house. We literally could turn into monkeys we eat so many bananas.
Next thing, get the kiddos into the kitchen to help out. My 6 year old did the mixing and measuring and my 10 year old did some chopping and grilling–he felt like the big man on campus having that task. There may have even been a bit of sampling, during the cooking process. My girl can not resist a fresh mango. Okay, we all sampled a bit here and there!
This Caribbean Salad with Mango Salsa is fabulous, I can not state that enough. It is an incredibly fresh dish that is light, refreshing, but yet packed with so much flavor! There is a sweet and spicy element from the Mango Salsa and a tangy component from the Honey Orange Vinaigrette. Basically, it is just YUMMY!
And again, what is not to love about cooking and eating a healthy meal together, while helping out those less fortunate?
- Honey Orange Vinaigrette:
- ¼ cup Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Orange Juice
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- dash of salt
- Mango Salsa:
- 1 Coast Tropical Mango, diced
- ½ Real Sweet Vidalia Onion, diced
- ½ jalapeno, seeded and minced (omit if your kids oppose spicy things)
- ½ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 pound chicken breast
- 1 package Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine
- ½ head red cabbage, shredded
- 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
- tortilla chips, crushed (optional--just entices most kids!)
- Make the dressing by stirring everything together. Remove ¼ cup of dressing and pour over chicken. Marinade chicken for up to 4 hours in fridge, prior to grilling. Reserve remaining dressing to dress salad with.
- Preheat grill to medium high. Remove chicken from marinade and grill for 6-8 minutes per side, depending on thickness of chicken.
- Allow chicken to rest and then dice into strips.
- Combine the mango, cilantro, onion, and cilantro and set aside.
- Toss together the lettuce and cabbage. Sprinkle with pineapple and toss with remaining dressing.
- Top the salad with the chicken, then the mango salsa, and finally the crushed chips if desired.
For more information about the Produce for Kids campaign, visit www.produceforkids.com.
Disclosure: I received a Publix gift card to cover the costs of the ingredients for this post. The Produce for Kids campaign is one that I feel strongly about supporting and wanted to spread the word to you. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.