Simple Chopped Salad

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A minor miracle occurred at my house on Thursday night when my teenager went back for a third helping of salad and not just any salad–a salad that contained radishes, which she “hates.” We were having the salad with two of her favorites dishes, mac and cheese and roasted asparagus, and it was no surprise that she helped herself to repeat servings of the pasta, but I had to stifle a little cheer when she loaded up on the salad lest I draw her attention to the fact that she was doing something I approved of. Making a big deal out of it would have just insured that she never ate salad again. “Never make a fuss over something positive” is first thing you learn in Teenager 101. . . .

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