Let kids help with the simple steps in bold!


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (or other cooked grain)
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite salad dressing (or lemon juice)
  • 2 cups packed fresh salad greens (spinach or arugula work well)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh cherries
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles


Step 1: In a small bowl, combine grains with dressing and stir well.

Step 2: Layer dressed grains and remaining ingredients in two widemouth jars (approximately pint sized).

Step 3: Top with tight-fitting lids and keep chilled until ready to serve. Use a fork to mix and eat it straight from the jar. Great for the lunchbox!

Learn how to color your plate with cherries.