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Fresh Summer Salsa recipe and lesson plan

Garden plot cracker recipe and lesson plan


  • 7-8 local cucumbers (cut into large chunks that each child will slice into smaller pieces)
  • 2 local sweet green, red, or yellow peppers (cut into large chunks that each child will slice into smaller pieces)
  • 4-5 local carrots (cut into small pieces ready for children to use)
  • Small head of broccoli (broken into pieces children will cut or break into smaller pieces)
  • One spinach or lettuce leaf for each child
  • Large crackers or pieces of bread(one for each child and teacher)
  • (2) 8 oz. spreadable cream cheese (divided evenly between the student tables and placed bowls)
  • (2) 8-12 oz. hummus (divided evenly between the student tables and placed in bowls)


  1. Wash all vegetables.
  2. Choose which vegetables you would want in your dream garden.
  3. Using a plastic knife, cut the cucumbers and peppers into small pieces or slices. Set the vegetables aside.
  4. Using your fingers, tear the spinach or lettuce leaf into pieces. Break the broccoli into very small pieces.
  5. Using your plastic knife, spread hummus or cream cheese on top of your cracker .
  6. Place pieces of the pre-cut carrot, cucumber, broccoli, lettuce/spinach and/or pepper on the hummus or cream cheese. If you use more than one vegetable, make a pattern or design with the vegetables.
  7. Try it!

The lesson plan for this recipe includes step-by-step instructions for cooking in the classroom, different ways to connect with curriculum, and related books to read.



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