Picky Eaters and a Recipe for Spinach Pesto Salad

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My friend Margie shared another marvelous recipe with me, that I want to pass on.  She always uses the freshest ingredients, which of course helps.   We were blessed to taste this great salad at a gathering a while back.  After one bite I knew I had to have the recipe!

I think I’ve mentioned before that I love spinach.  Growing up, I was a picky eater, and never would have tried spinach, but I have learned to like a lot of foods I never dreamed of eating as a child.

This prompts me to say, “Don’t give up hope, moms!”  You know that picky eater that about drives you crazy every night, and who is making dinnertime a dragged-out test of wills?  And who you think will never live a normal life or even grow up to adulthood, if they don’t stop being so picky?  Well, they may do just fine!

I had one of those.  My friend advised me to place an assortment of healthy foods on the table, keep the junk food out of the house, and let them choose the foods at the table that they will eat.  I got better at this with time and practice, but I still don’t excel at it.  (You can insist they eat at least one small bite of that food that they don’t want to try, but otherwise just let them eat.) She also advised me to make sure I wasn’t filling my kids up with unhealthy sweets and snacks in between meals, and that they were getting enough exercise and fresh air to build up an appetite.

My son, who was a source of frustration to me as a child because of his extreme pickyness, and who was so thin that he was off the charts, is very fit and healthy now, and daily surprises me by what he has tried and likes!  He keeps on trying new things!  It’s so encouraging!  (Peer influence is also a powerful thing.)  All that to say, don’t give up hope.

But, I digress.  Here is the recipe!

Recipe for Spinach Pesto Salad

Serves: As many as you want

It varies depending on how much of each ingredient you decide to use.

When Margie gave me the recipe, she said it was given to her with no amounts: You put the amount of each ingredient in that you want, to your taste–more of the ones you especially like.


  • Baby Spinach
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Sliced Black Olives
  • Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Pasta, cooked

Dressing Ingredients:

  • Light olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Pesto (basil)
  • Salt
  • Granulated garlic


  • Mix salad ingredients together.
  • Mix dressing ingredients together.
  • Put dressing on salad just before serving.

I have only eaten, not made, this recipe, but it was wonderful! So, let me know how you like it, and any tips you want to share (also a photo would be great to see).


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