As a mommy of almost-four, I know from personal experience that sometimes it can be hard to get your kids to eat their greens. Thankfully, my hubby has found a way to sweeten the deal for them with his delicious (and yet healthy) Gummy Bear Salad. Follow Dean’s simple steps and your kids will be begging for salad in no time:


  • 1 handful of gummy bears (about 30 gummies)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (we like to go with a Dijon or brown mustard, but any mustard works)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • ¼ tablespoon grapeseed oil or olive oil. Dean likes to use grapeseed oil because it has very little flavor to it, but either works, really.
  • 1 head of Butter lettuce
  • 1 head of Romaine lettuce
  • 1 pinch of salt and pepper


  1. Place your gummies into a small pot and cover with water so that the gummies are just submerged. Over medium heat, melt your gummies. Our kids like to watch the gummy bears melt and turn into liquid – your kids will too! Once they’ve melted, you can set them aside to cool – they need to come down to room temperature.
  2. Chiffonade the lettuce so it’s cut down very thin. (Dean’s note: A chiffonade is a fancy way of saying cut into thin strips. The thinner the better. Kids hate big chunks of anything.)
  3. Next, mix the mustard, oil, vinegar, orange juice, salt, pepper, and your gummy mixture in a sealable container or blender until well mixed.
  4. Season the dressing to taste. You can add more of any of the ingredients as needed for you and your kids.
  5. Toss the salad in the dressing – Dean suggests doing it half at a time so that you don’t overdress the salad.
  6. Serve with three gummy bears as a garnish.

I love this dish because it’s so playful for the kids but it’s so delicious that even we grown ups end up going back for seconds.

You can get more of Dean’s tips for this recipe and more on his website, The Gourmet Dad.

How do you get your little ones to eat their vegetables?


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