IMG_1462With so much summer produce growing at this time of year, Butter Beans campers have been busy transforming produce into spectacular dishes.

One dish that we wanted to highlight was our swiss chard slaw that was a big hit!

We recently received a glowing review of our camp experience from the viewpoint of a parent that we just had to share, “Lulu had a pretty good repertoire to begin with, but this class has definitely taught her to enjoy more foods outside her comfort zone, and this past weekend she made pesto and pasta almost on her own!”

IMG_8543Our campers summer cooking & gardening experiences show us all that children can adapt their palates to fresh and nutritious foods as long as they have the right ingredients: supportive and enthusiastic educators, a safe environment, experiential learning opportunities, encouraging parents, and a fun atmosphere all shared amongst their peers.

We highly recommend trying this recipe with your children at home. Put on some good music, aprons and have fun together cooking and trying new foods!

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves 8


  • 1 bunch swiss chard, leaves
  • 1 small head red cabbage, or ½ head large cabbage
  • 2 pears
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small orange, juiced
  • ¼ c olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste
1. Slice swiss chard leaves into short, thin strips. Thinly slice cabbage and cut pear into short, thin matchstick pieces.
2. Combine chard, cabbage, carrot, and pear in large mixing bowl.
3. Mix orange juice with garlic, and olive oil. Season with salt + pepper, adjusted to your taste preference.
4. Toss dressing with veggies. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate.