Green Giant Salad and A Menu for the Day

A New Salad with a Fun Name

Nutritionists and the Smarter Lunchrooms movement tell us that food named in a clever way is more appealing to children.  Do you think it might be more intriguing for the kids if you tell them the get to try a "Green Giant Salad" vs telling them "Today we are going to try a lettuce salad with apples in it?" 

I, for one, am not so clever when it comes to catchy names so I think this menu planning resource is really neat with all of it's catchy names.  Below is the recipe for the "Green Giant Salad" and the day's menu to go along with it!

Do you have a special name for a dish that makes the kids want to eat it more?  Share with us!

Green Giant Salad Recipe

Page 17, Recipe from CACFP Menu Planning Guide, Team Nutrition, USDA, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Menu for the Day


  • 1% or Fat Free Milk
  • Baked Apples
  • Whole Grain Toast


  • 1% or Fat Free Milk
  • Green Giant Salad (recipe on page 17)
  • Grapes
  • Cheesy Spaghetti Bake (recipe on page 17)


  • Cucumber
  • Cheese Cubes
  • Water

This comes from Cycle  Menus in the CACFP Menu Planning Guide, Page 10.  Noteworthy, the menus are designed to meet all components of a meal on the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  This includes recipes that might cover two components and the menu shows you which items do that.


CACFP Menu Planning Guide, Team Nutrition, USDA:



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