Strawberry Broccoli Salad & How to Get Your 2 Year Old to Eat It

If you are here because you want to know how to get your two year old to eat broccoli, well then your in the right place.

It’s quite simple really, and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it years ago!

Dip it in chocolate, and tell them it’s candy. It’s the only way…

Honestly I’m just kidding, but at times I’ve been so desperate I’ve almost gotten a bottle of chocolate syrup and said, “Here kid, pour a little of this on top of your dinner and take a freakin’ bite for crying out loud!”

I wish I could stand before you today and say that my toddler has LOVED everything I’ve given her, but truthfully she hates food. Like literally, I don’t know where she comes from :). Even some of her favorite foods she will put up the biggest fight to eat well…just because she can. She’s learned she can say no, yes, and make her own decisions now and it’s a lot more fun than listening to mom.

So parents, don’t be worried. I truthfully feel it’s not usually the parents fault if they are doing all they can, and introducing healthy food on a regular basis. Some kids just hate eating…

(My 8 month old however can’t stop eating, in fact I’ve never seen a child eat that much. Goes to show that each kid is different!)

So when it comes to introducing things such as vegetables, which are definitely not on the list of ‘Toddler Approved Foods’, here are my suggestions:

It might sound crazy, but for daughter this was everything! She loves to sing, and does it all day long, so naturally we came up with a song about broccoli! I think it helps introduce the food in a more exciting way, which definitely can help! Here is the song we came up with:

Even I am not a fan of a handful of raw veggies, so in order for them to become somewhat appealing to the eyes of the toddler you’ve got to fancy it up! Whether it’s roast it or cook it, kabob it and serve it with their favorite dip, you have got to make it fun. My daughter loves when I serve her food on a kabob! It makes it so much for fun to eat!

I wanted to do something a little more fun with my daughter and make a salad of items she loved and picked out her self, that way when it came time to eat it we could talk about how SHE made it and how yummy it was! For this broccoli salad, I knew I wanted to pair it with strawberries because she absolutely loves them! Then I made her decide between which nut she wanted, slivered almonds or cashews. (She tried a bite of each one and told me which one she liked more.) Then I had her take a bite of some roasted coconut to see if she liked it, and she did and wanted to add it. Everything was appealing to her taste, that way she would enjoy it!

There might be a chance that you could make this salad with your picky eater and they might say, H to the No am I trying that mom! Don’t get discouraged, but keep trying. The more you put that broccoli on their plate, the more used to it they get, and may actually give it a try! 🙂

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Strawberry Broccoli Salad
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This doesn't have to be JUST for toddlers, I can see it being served at many dinner parties, bridal showers, or a nice mommy lunch! 🙂
Serves: 3 cups
  • (For the Salad)
  • 1½ c. chopped strawberries
  • 1½ c. broccoli, cut with most of the stems removed
  • ¼ c. salted cashews, chopped
  • 2 TB (or more) toasted coconut
  • (For the Dressing)
  • 2 TB. greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 TB. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 TB. honey
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  1. Add salad ingredients to a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate small bowl whisk together salad dressing, then pour over top of salad.
  3. Can serve immediately, or will do great in the fridge for when ready to serve.
  4. (If serving later, add in coconut just before serving)

If all else fails drizzle a bottle of chocolate sauce on top of their plate, then pour remaining chocolate sauce into your open mouth…

It’s the only way.





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  1. looks delicious. love the idea of singing too 🙂
    haha love the idea of chocolate sauce!

  2. Singing makes everything more fun. And that is such a cute heart font you used here… what is it called?

    Great looks recipe girl! Perfect for summer time.

  3. I don’t know about 2 year old but I want a big bowl of that right now! It looks amazing 🙂

  4. mm what a great way to serve brocolli! thanks for sharing! going to try this on my husband cause he’s pickier than my 15 month old haha

  5. I looooove this! I love how you encouraged her to make her very own recipe! She looks so proud of her creation too 🙂 And it actually looks delicious even for adults! Good job Ariel 😉 Can’t wait to try it.

  6. I love how she is still in her pink princess dress- my kids do that too! Saves on laundry though 🙂

  7. Great ideas that I so need right now! We’ve always had a pretty good eater although not the biggest fan of veggies but he’d eat some. Lately, especially this week, he refuses to eat anything! Even foods he was eating just a few weeks ago or last weekend! Ugh, so frustrating! I spent well over an hour today making broccoli nuggets that he loved before and he gagged when I put it in his mouth. WTH! So I will definitely be trying out your tips, thank you!

  8. At my house we have a 4 year old & 2 year old boys. Everything revolves around superheroes and adventure, so we call broccoli ‘super trees.’ It doesn’t work every time but they will frequently eat it. We will definitely try this salad as strawberries are an all time favorite too.

    • haha Oh Nicole, our households are complete opposite :)! We are princess, heals, makeup, and drama lol! I love that you call them super trees, what sweet boys you have!

  9. haha I totally do all of those things with Rivers- especially the singing one. Same mind!:) Although we have the opposite problem with him- he alllllllways wants to eat (guess he did inherit a few things from his mommy after all:) ). Love broccoli salad- this one looks especially tasty. When strawberries are less than $6 I will have to buy some and try it out!

    • You are one lucky mama! Rivers is such a sweet and good boy! I am so sad strawberries are so expensive for you! Tell kirk I give you permission to splurge haha :)!

  10. I am so sick of broccoli—just had it with all things broccoli. But this salad looks so delicious, I’m going to the store today and get some Greek Yogurt for the dressing–I have everything else. It’s what’s for dinner tonite at my house!

  11. This salad looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it with the strawberries I just bought!!! Take it from a mom with experience (as in my boys are 17 and 21), if you want your kids to eat broccoli, you have to burn it. I’m totally serious!!!! I cut it into pieces and put it back in the produce bag with some olive oil (a tablespoon or two depending on how much you’re cooking) and some sea salt. Mix it together in the bag until it’s all coated and shiny then put it on a baking sheet and into the oven with whatever else you’re cooking at whatever temp you’re cooking at. Leave it in there until the edges turn brown or it looks a little burnt. My 17 year-old who always gagged on broccoli loves it burnt. It’s so simple and good!!! Wish I would have known this trick when he was little because the rest of us love broccoli 🙂

    • I LOOOVE burnt/roasted broccoli! For some reason it just taste so much better! 🙂 Thanks for sharing Dawn, you are so sweet! 🙂

  12. Thanks for letting me include this wonderful salad in my Festival of Strawberry Salads! Here’s the link:
    Cheers, MJ

  13. Looks delish! We’re dairy free… think I can get a similar taste with mayo/veganaise?

  14. Hai Arielle, I’m Icha from Indonesa…nice to see your blog and find a tasty salad recipe…

    Anyway, could I change the greek yoghurt with another yoghurt flavor? is it okay?
    Is it okay too when I do not use the toasted coconut? Coz I don’t hahve any ide how to toast the coconut, do you use microwave to toast them?

    Thanks so much for the recipe…

    • Hello Icha!
      Thank you so much for your questions! You can definitely use another yogurt flavor, I would use plain yogurt. (Vanilla would work too.)
      Also to toast coconut you just toast it in your oven broiler for a couple minutes. It burns quickly, so not too long.
      Hope that helps!

  15. Hi!

    This looks amazing! But I have a question, is the broccoli raw or cooked? Raw seems a little scary, but maybe it works in this?? 🙂

    • Hi Jessica! It’s raw! Sounds scary, but the best way is to cut it up in small enough pieces. When it sits in the dressing, it softens them a little as well! If you don’t want it raw, then you can steam them a little, to where they have a little bite to them!

  16. Smithk284 says:

    Very nice! begadeaeac

  17. Smitha493 says:

    Very nice! kfgddeceda

  18. This salad is yummy! I had some leftover homemade dressing from another salad that was very similar so I gave it a whirl. Turned out awesome! I was on the lazy side and did not toast the coconut and my cashews were raw, but it still tasted fine. I am thinking salted cashews would give it a little more flavor though, so I will try that next time 🙂

    Thanks for awesome recipe!

  19. And I must add that my 20 month old ate two bites of the broccoli from this salad. I consider anything that stays in his mouth and involves two bites a victory!

  20. saw this recipe on the blog The Best of Long Island and Central Florida, she of course told me to come here and I must try this recipe!!! I know my son and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Thanks!


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