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Easy, healthy, kid-friendly dinners: salad, salmon, broccoli

It doesn't get much simpler – or better tasting – than this.

Sometimes it’s surprising what foods kids will love. These kid-friendly, healthy dinner recipes are simple to prepare and a big hit with parents too.

Romaine and Endive Salad with Avocado and Walnut Vinaigrette

Both of my kids love this combination of greens and walnut vinaigrette. But one kid hates the walnuts and loves the avocado and the other has the opposite reaction. So, you can always keep the peace by putting the walnuts and avocado on the side. When you make the salad with half walnut and half olive oil, the vinaigrette has a wonderful nutty flavor.

Serves 4-6

½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons walnut oil
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large head romaine lettuce, washed, dried and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
2 cups torn curly endive, washed and dried
1 ripe avocado, diced

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Toast the walnuts until lightly brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

In a small jar, combine the vinegar, mustard, walnut oil, avocado oil and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Shake together vigorously.

Place the romaine and endive in a large bowl and pour the dressing over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, the avocado and walnuts, toss and serve.

Roasted Salmon and Broccoli with Lemon and Salt

OK, it doesn’t get much simpler than this – or better tasting. Just make sure your salmon is super fresh, and buy wild salmon if you can afford it. Aleppo pepper is a very fruity, Syrian pepper that adds a fantastic flavor without a lot of heat. You can get it from

1¼ to 1½ pounds salmon fillet, skin on
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Aleppo pepper or freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon
1 large bunch broccoli, cut into 2-inch flowerets

Preheat the oven to 475°F. Pull out the pin bones from the salmon with tweezers or needle-nose pliers, brush the flesh side with half the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Grate the lemon zest from the lemon and sprinkle the zest over the salmon. Place flesh side down on a small roasting pan or jelly roll pan. Put the broccoli on a roasting pan, toss with the remaining half of the oil, and season liberally with the salt and pepper. Put both pans in the oven and roast five minutes. Turn the fish over and return to the oven. Roast an additional three to six minutes or until the fish and broccoli are both done to your liking. Serve with lemon wedges for sprinkling on both the fish and broccoli.


Jean Galton is a Seattle-based food writer, food stylist, and mother of two. 

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in March 2009.