Preparation and Serving

Team Up Thursday: Implementing Salad Bars in School Lunches

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Learn how to successfully implement salad bars in your school cafeteria to improve children’s eating habits.


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Nutrition Education Tip Sheets (PDF | 1.6 MB)

KSDE. Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Tip sheets provide growing information, nutrition facts, and serving suggestions. Produce included: asparagus, avocado, blueberries, cantaloupe, cauliflower, kiwifruit, mango, peaches, pineapple, red pepper, spinach, and sugar snap peas.


Fresh Ideas for Fresh Vegetables (May 2014) (PDF | 4.87 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

Toolkit for promoting and using fruits and vegetables in school nutrition programs.


Ohio Seed to Salad Toolkit

Ohio Department of Health.

Guidance for schools to implement and promote a salad bar.


Missouri Salad Bars to Schools Webinars

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.

This resource includes a series of 10 minute online educational webinars on best practices and food safety measures for schools new to salad bars or training opportunities for new staff.


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Toolkit

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.


Rainbow Days by the LunchBox

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. Missouri Team Nutrition.

Rainbow Day Events are fun ways to market salad bars in elementary schools by providing different fruits and vegetables with a variety of color and adding adventure to the lunch period! See The LunchBox Healthy Tool Guide, Rainbow Day Flyer, and Rainbow Day Mini Poster for resources to plan and host your own Rainbow Day.


Salad Bars- The Lunch Box Guide: Salad Bars (PDF | 2.71 MB)

The Lunch Box (Food, Family, Farming Foundation).