Best Salads Your Kids Will Actually WANT to Eat

If you have a picky eater who views salads as a veggie-laden nightmare, we've come up with a few of the best salads your kids will eat! Give them a try!

Kids can be pretty picky about salads. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s like veggie overload for them. Some kids will dig right in. If your child is like that, lucky! If not, we’ve come up with a few of the best salads your kids will eat! Give them a try, your child may even discover a new favorite food! If you have a super picky eater, it’s okay to use a little bribery. Use rewards like a sticker chart for every new food tried, with a grand prize for filling it up. While we all want our kids to just eat stuff that’s good for them on their own, sometimes it takes a little extra effort.

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Best Salads Your Kids Will Eat

Carrots and Raisins Salad

Best Salads Your Kids Will Eat

  • 8 ounces of baby carrots
  • 2/3 cup of raisins
  • ½ tablespoon of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup of light mayonnaise
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon

Using a (affiliate link) food processor, grate the carrots and then add to a large bowl for serving. Add in the raisins, lemon juice, mayonnaise and cinnamon. Stir until thoroughly combined.

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Spinach and Avocado Salad

  • 6 cups of baby spinach
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons of red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • Croutons
  • Homemade vinaigrette dressing

In a large serving bowl, add the baby spinach, avocados, cherry tomatoes and red onion. Mix well then top with parmesan cheese and croutons. Drizzle the vinaigrette dressing over the salad and toss to coat well.

Crunchy Cabbage Salad

  • ½ of a red cabbage, medium-sized, sliced fine
  • ¼ cup of Granny Smith apples, chopped fine
  • ¼ cup of raisins
  • ¼ cup of sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of light mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt

In a large salad bowl, add in cabbage, apples and raisins. Then, in a blender, add in apple cider vinegar, oil, mayonnaise, maple syrup and sea salt. Blend in the blender until smooth. Drizzle dressing over the salad.

Salad Greens with Fruit and Nuts

Best Salads Your Kids Will Eat

  • 16 ounce bag of salad greens
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
  • ¾ cup of hazelnuts, chopped
  • 2 ounces of Swiss cheese, diced
  • Raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing

In a large salad bowl, add salad greens, apple, hazelnuts and Swiss cheese. Drizzle raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing over salad and toss well to coat.

These salads your kids will eat aren’t just delicious for them, they’re also tasty for you! Try one at a time until you find out which ones are your kids favorites. Use them as easy lunch recipes or as a starter for your main meal.

Do you have any favorite salads that your kids will eat? Share in the comments so we can all expand our children’s palates!

12 thoughts on “Best Salads Your Kids Will Actually WANT to Eat”

  1. I love these ideas! Seeing your carrot-raisin salad recipe immediately blew me back to when I was 7 years old. It was a favorite salad for my mom to make for me. 🙂 (I don’t know if I could call it a ‘favorite’, but I enjoyed it enough… enough, apparently, that she made it every week..!) She also made sandwiches for me with chicken, lettuce, apple, raisins, and walnuts. Again, it was more gourmet than my palette could appreciate (I was always trying to dig out the nuts), but the integration of fruits and vegetables into lots of dishes was great. I’ll def have to do these for any kids I may have! 😉

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  2. Most kids don’t like vegetables but I think it’s up to the parents to train them on how to appreciate the tastes and textures of veggies. These recipes look fun and colorful. I like that they consist of healthy ingredients that will be great to boost the kid’s health.

  3. These are great ideas for getting your kids to eat more veggies. I am thankful my kids will eat most veggies. I love the idea of mixing in fruit to the salads to get more veggies in

  4. My kids will eat a reg salad as long as it’s drowned in ranch lol. They have tried a fruit salad but that’s as far as they will go. They even wanted me to put dressing on the fruit salad

  5. Teresa McCluskey

    MY kids love fruit and veggies and some of these sound so amazing I know what i am adding to the list!! I am excited to see their faces when they try them. I am excited to try them myself! Mouth watering goodness!

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