Kids Cucumber Dip and Spears

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Amy and I are always talking about ways to get kids in the kitchen.  We believe that teaching your kids to cook and learn kitchen skills, strongly encourages good eating habits that will stick with them long after they move out!  The vegetable that I started letting my kids help prepare first is cucumbers!  They have a soft skin making it easy to peel, and slice very easily also!  Instead of ranch, we like to make this tangy cucumber dip that actually has cucumbers in it!  We also love pita chips in this dip.  Here is a recipe to make your own pita chips! 

Kids in the kitchen! Make sure to start them with this veggie and dip to learn vital cutting skills!

Peeling.

The key to letting your kids peel a cucumber is to have a good peeler.  If it is super dull, or doesn’t slide easily. they are more likely to get hurt and they will be frustrated and possibly just give up.  We have a few different peelers, but my favorite is pictured at the bottom of this post.  My girls are 4 and 5 and had no trouble at all with the peeling step.  You definitely don’t have to peel your cucumber, but it makes it easier to slice for kids.

Kids in the kitchen! Make sure to start them with this veggie and dip to learn vital cutting skills!

Cutting.

This can be scary letting your kids cut food with a real knife for the first time.  There is a great tutorial on teaching your kids how to use a knife from Eat Your Beets.  I highly recommend reading it.  Then proceed with the cutting.  We like to cut our cucumbers into spears for easier dipping.  Just slice the cucumber in half and then start slicing those pieces into a spear shape.

Kids in the kitchen! Make sure to start them with this veggie and dip to learn vital cutting skills!

Dipping.

This step is pretty much intuitive.  I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t like to dip.  According to a study performed by me, kids will eat 90% more veggies when they have a dip with it.

Kids in the kitchen! Make sure to start them with this veggie and dip to learn vital cutting skills!
Kids Cucumber Dip and Spears

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Kids Cucumber Dip and Spears

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh dill
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced small
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Mix cucumber and 1 teaspoon salt in small bowl; cover and chill 3 hours.
  • In a small bowl, mix yogurt, lemon juice, dill and garlic. Squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible from cucumber and salt mixture. Stir cucumber into yogurt.
  • Season with pepper and additional salt if needed.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve.
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Will definitely be trying this–for me! I have a kid who refuses dips or sauces of any kind, but this sounds good to me.

Thanks so much for linking to me & I’m glad you found the article helpful! Teaching the kiddos how to use a knife can be scary but once they learn it’s such a useful tool to have! 🙂

Thank you Paula – above!!!! I am sorry for your position, but I’m so glad to not feel alone! 🙂 My two daughters also do not like to dip. I often ask them where they came from! 🙂
My 8 1/2 yr old has always been picky, but has gotten better as she has gotten older. Actually, I tried to get her (again) to dip veggies in ranch tonight but she acts like the world is over. Haha she will eat a few select veggies, but not many. My 2 yr old is a case! — She just doesn’t eat period! She seems to be very sensitive to texture, and she just outright refuses food. Often. Regularly. I’m serious! She just likes to make messes and play w food, rather than consume it. Though she has no reservations about eating non -foods (ie: hair, lint, strings, paper, garbage, fabric, anything else she puts in her mouth from who-knows-where!). 🙂

I want to beg you, to come to my house and help me know how to convince my kids that foods, and healthy foods, aren’t gross or scary etc!!! 🙂
Ps-Thank you for your info, recipes, help, and everything! I enjoy the blog very much!
– Janelle

I laughed when I read “I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love to dip” The true picky eaters. So I’m grateful to see the comments above. I am also going to make this recipe for myself, let my 8 yr old watch me eat it, and once again offer him a bite….

I would never peal a cucumber! That is where all the nutrition is. Most veggies and fruits have their nutrition in their skin and the inside is where the sugar is. We only peal carrots.