Kids who won’t eat their vegetables force you to become creative with how to disguise those “yucky” things into something scrumptious. Cucumbers are often thought of as vegetables, but they are actually fruits, which means you might be able to convince your toddler that they are sweet. While the traditional method of eating cucumbers is in the super salty pickle form, try a fresh cucumber salad mixed with yogurt for a treat your kids might make their favorite side dish.
Ingredients and Materials
A wonderful thing about the cucumber salad recipe is that you don’t need any fancy ingredients. You need a couple cucumbers (Persian cucumbers are sweet and often kid-approved), 3/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. If possible, find low fat yogurt or a style with less sugar. To make the salad, you will need a knife, spoon and mixing bowl. Lucky you — there’s no stove or cooking required.
Cut the cucumber into thin slices. If your child has any digestive problems, consider taking the skin off the cucumber first. Put the cucumber into the mixing bowl and add the 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Mix with the spoon and set aside. Measure 3/4 cup yogurt and pour into the bowl of cucumbers. Mix again with the spoon and serve.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also mix in some tomato slices. Watermelon is also a tasty summertime treat that pairs incredibly with cucumber. This recipe might also work quite well with cooked squash. For more of a “salty” rather than “sweet” salad, use sesame seeds and onions for added flavor, or use sour cream instead of yogurt.
For toddlers, you might want to dice the cucumber into smaller pieces to avoid choking hazards. If it helps encourage your child to eat, let him use his fingers to eat the salad. This cucumber salad recipe is perfect as a side dish for dinner for the entire family or as an afternoon snack. The cucumbers will hold for a couple days in the fridge, and the salad works well served chilled.