Child approved curly fries salad

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Sometimes it can really be hard to sustain a healthy or clean diet for long periods of time, especially if you have the tendency to enjoy greasy foods, junk foods, or fatty foods.  When my husband and his guy friends are coming over for dinner, I often try to think of creative ways to serve vegetables.  Most guys I know are lusty carnivores who would only eat a salad if their significant others insisted upon it.  This includes my husband, who admittedly would not willingly choose to eat a salad for any meal.

I made this salad recipe combining healthy green vegetables with French fries and a homemade vinaigrette.  It was an absolute hit—my husband and his guy friends ate it up just as quickly as the steaks were disappearing.  I decided to try an experiment.  Next time I had a dinner party with friends and their young kids, I made this salad again to see if the kids would eat their vegetables.  Sure enough, it was child approved.  It’s a simple yet presentable salad, and the French fries are less greasy than adding bacon!

Child approved curly fries salad

Grocery list

3 cups frozen curly fries
4 strips bacon
1 tbsp yellow mustard
3 tbsp chopped dill pickle (optional)
1 1/2 tbsp ketchup
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp malt vinegar
1/3 tsp sugar
Salt a pepper to taste
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 romaine hearts, torn
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Bake the french fries according to package directions and let cool.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add bacon to cook until crisp.  Transfer to paper lined plate, let cool slightly, then break into pieces.

Whisk the mustard, pickle, ketchup, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and 2 tbsp water.  Add about 1/2 tsp salt and pepper to taste.

Add the curly fries, bacon, tomatoes, red onion, romaine and cheddar cheese to a large bowl, pour the dressing over, and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper.


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