Friday, April 25, 2014

Spinach Apple Cheddar Wraps

We took our culinary show on the road this week and cooked up an Earth Day treat with our friends at Sod Room! Tots and kids chopped and rolled their way to this delicious Spinach Apple Cheddar Wrap, featuring local ingredients provided by Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks. As all good chefs do, the kiddos sampled ingredients as we went, and we loved seeing the kids go in for seconds of the raw spinach!

We used Trader Joe's spinach tortillas as the wrap. A green choice - both in color and because it functions as an edible container for your salad. Perfect for lunch or as snack on the go. You can also trade in the tortilla for the more traditional salad bowl. However you do it, we're pretty sure you'll get thumbs up all around. Enjoy!

Spinach Apple Cheddar Wraps

For dressing:
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp honey
1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil
3 T vinegar (such as white wine, red wine or apple cider)

For wraps:
6 spinach tortillas (substitute whole wheat if you'd like)
Few handfuls spinach, washed and torn (tough stems removed)
1 apple, cored and diced
2-3 T finely chopped red onion
1-2 oz shaved sharp cheddar cheese (we used Otter Creek Organic Farm's Spring Cheddar)
2 T toasted sunflower seeds
2 T dried cranberries

To make the dressing, combine all ingredients in a jar or squeeze bottle and shake well. Note that ingredients may settle and separate as the dressing sits, so be sure to shake well again right before drizzling.

To assemble the wraps, arrange a small handful of torn spinach down the center of each wrap. Top with diced apple, finely chopped onion and shaved cheddar. Sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. Drizzle dressing over the filling. Fold the bottom of the tortilla over one end of the filling line (this will help keep the filling from falling out when you pick it up). Fold each of the sides over the filling. Enjoy!

Makes 6 wraps

What kids can do (with appropriate tools and adult supervision)
*Mince garlic (wavy choppers and similar tools make mincing easier for kids without risking fingertips)
*Measure out dressing ingredients and shake
*Separate spinach leaves from tough stems and tear leaves
*Dice apple (it is best if you core and slice it first)
*Finely chop red onion (cut into slices first)
*Chop or grate cheddar cheese (always watching those fingers!)
*Assemble wraps

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