Candle Salad

Light up a meal with this easy, fruity, festive salad. It’s delicious and delightful for preschool math and small motor skills!

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  1. Pineapple ring - 2 for each salad. We like to use canned, sugar free pineapple in 100% juice like this kind found
  2. Lettuce leaf - one for each salad. - Choose your favorite leafy green, such as Boston (pictured above) or spinach.
  3. Banana - one 3 to 4 inch piece of small, peeled banana per salad. We usually get 2 “candle sticks” from one banana.
  4. Thin carrot slices, about 1 to 2 inches long - Pre-washed, baby carrots cut into quarters are a quick and easy solution.
  5. Sharp knife to cut carrots - Adults only!
  6. Small plate or saucer - one per salad
  7. Optional - Plastic or butter knife - for 3’s and up to slice their banana piece
  8. Optional - For more delicious decorations, craisins, raisins, or nuts like almonds or walnuts 
  1. Adults, before you gather the kiddos, you can pre-cut your candle “flames.” Using a sharp knife, slice small, 1 to 2 inch pieces of carrot with a pointy top, one per salad. 
  2. Next, peel and cut your banana into a 3 to 4 inch pieces. To make it easier to stand, cut off the curved ends so that it's flat on both sides. 3’s and older can help you peel the banana and cut it with a dull knife too.
  3. Skilly Spark: Ask your preschooler: Can you tell me what a candle looks like when you light it? That light at the top is called the flame! Can you tell me what color it is? And when do we have candles? Yes, at birthdays. And what about holidays? Which ones can you remember? Now, let’s make a candle that we can eat, with its very own flame on top.  
  4. Place a piece of lettuce on each plate. Then, stack 2 pineapple slices on top. 2’s and older can help do this.
  5. Sprinkle some math on that salad! Count the slices as you place them on the lettuce pieces for each salad.
  6. In the center of the pineapple rings, place the banana piece so that it stands straight. Adults, you may have to shape the banana piece a bit to fit into the hole in the pineapple. Ta-da! You have your candlestick.
  7. Adults, push a carrot piece into the top center of the banana to make the flame. Now your candle salad is alight and ready to enjoy! 
  8. If you and your little one want to, continue decorating the candle with nuts, raisins or craisins for an even more festive treat!
Keep the fun going
  • How many candle salads should we make? Count each member of the family and then make one for each! They're a perfectly healthy treat for everyday meals. 
  • Candles are for celebrations! Share them at parties and celebrations like birthdays, Kwanza, Hanukkah, and Christmas.