Last night I was feeling slight uninspired about making the kiddos’ lunches, so I put it off for a couple of hours. It the middle of watching the somewhat kid-inappropriate Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1, I got the brilliant idea to made salads. Now, I know as well as you do that green salads can be a tough sell to kids. When I was kid, I only liked a green salad if it was loaded with non-salad items—i.e. meat and cheese. Oh yeah, and sweet canned kidney beans (I was funky on the corn syrup). I decided to take a protein packed approach to this salad: smoked turkey, gouda and edamame. The lettuce is romaine cut into itty bitty bite-sized pieces. I find that romaine is the best lettuce if the salad has to travel: it tends to stay crisp and fresh. There are also some sliced carrots and beets in there. I drizzled a little balsamic vinaigrette on top—just enough for some flavor, but not enough to make a soggy mess. I also included half a whole wheat dinner roll, some strawberries, and a date. This lunch is so pretty and colorful that it makes me want to pack more salads.