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Tonight, let the kids be the chef with an at-home salad bar! After setting up the different veggies and toppings, they’ll keep coming back for more.

Activity: Create Your Own Salad Bar
Place various salad bar items, such as lettuce, peas, sliced carrots, mandarin oranges, grated cheese and these homemade dill croutons, in bowls on the counter. Have your kids create a menu of all the salad bar items for each member of the family, either writing the toppings down or drawing pictures. Have the children seat the adults at the table with a pencil and menu, and ask the parents to circle each item they want on their salad. The children then take the menus, make each salad, and serve their parents. Parents can also switch roles and play waiter/waitress for their children!

Recipe: Dill Croutons
Serves: 8–10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Product: Hidden Valley® Harvest Dill Dips Mix

10 slices stale white bread (can substitute sourdough or wheat bread if preferred)
¼ cup olive oil
1 (0.9 ounce) packet Hidden Valley® Harvest Dill Dips Mix


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Break up the bread into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the bread. Sprinkle the Hidden Valley® Harvest Dill Dips Mix into the bowl.

Using your clean hands, toss the bread to fully coat with olive oil and seasoning mix.

Place bread on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 7 minutes. Turn the bread with a spatula and bake for another 6-8 minutes, or until crisp and golden.

Remove from oven and let cool. Serve on top of salad.

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