Do you love Halloween? Do you love festive looking food? I do! And, that is why I created Salad Stuffed Cyclops.
One of the things I’ve spent my career doing, is finding creative ways to get kids taste testing and eating all kinds of veggies. Sometimes we play with our food and sometimes I’m the ‘queen of sneak and tell’. This recipe is all about playing with food and I LOVE these Salad Stuffed Cyclops. In fact, they are one of my favorite salad serves.
At my Kids Cooking Club we have been having a monster good time incorporating all kinds of better bites this month for Halloween food fun all while keeping it healthy.
In the video below, Marielle helped me to build an adorably devious salad. Together we took plain old salad to a whole new level by chopping it up & creating Salad Stuffed Cyclops. I don’t think salad will ever be the same again with these fun veggie bites. You can watch Marielle and I create these fun loving creatures below and then grab the recipe underneath the video for your own family munching yum.
Salad Stuffed Cyclops by Jodie Fitz
5 Sunset Grown Mini Bell Peppers (approximately 5” in length)
1 1/2 cups chopped salad*
2 tablespoons light ranch dressing
Black olives, sliced (1 per Cyclops)
1 fresh beet
Alpha alpha bean sprouts (optional)
Wash the beet. Removed the ends; as if you were cutting an onion. Peel the beet with a potato peeler. Shred approximately 1 tablespoon of beet per Cyclops using a fine cheese grater.
Wash the peppers. Cut of the end of the pepper with the stem to create a flat edge so that the finished Cyclops can stand. Remove the seeds from the inside of the pepper.
Place the salad and the dressing into a mini chopper and pulsate until the salad is finely chopped almost like a Cole slaw. Stuff the peppers with the chopped salad & pack it in with a spoon. Stand the peppers on a serving dish. Optional: Add alpha alpha bean sprouts onto the plate for the Cyclops to sit on as if they are rising from the green lagoon for an added affect.
Pinch approximately a tablespoon of grated beets together & add it as hair to the top of the standing pepper.
Pat the olive rounds dry with a paper towel. Spread cream cheese onto one side (approximately ¼ – ½ teaspoon) to use as edible glue and stick the olive to the pepper for the Cyclops eye affect. It will not slide if the pepper and olive are each fully dry.
*Salad: We often used romaine lettuce, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers in our combination, but you can use all of your kid’s favorites when making your salad to stuff your Cyclops. You can even purchase a pre-made bag of salad at your local Price Chopper Supermarket to keep it easy and chop it up in the recipe process. Jodie Fitz