10 Healthy Spring Dishes for Picky Eaters

Spring can be a great time to introduce new food to picky eaters, especially fruits and vegetables. So much produce is finally available fresh instead of frozen or imported from another hemisphere. Fresh produce means more flavor, better texture, and a generally healthier piece of food! Combine that with some lightly seasoned meat, fish, or poultry and a healthy meal is made. Of course, there is more to that with coaxing a picky to try something new. You can’t just explain that the food is fresh and flavorful – they have to try it to believe it! Here are ten delicious spring foods that would be great for introducing new, healthy flavors to picky eaters. Who knows, after a few introductions they might catch on to a few of these items and start asking for them all on their own!


  • 10 Healthy Spring Dishes for Picky Eaters 1 of 11
    10 Healthy Spring Dishes for Picky Eaters
  • Asparagus Fries 2 of 11
    Asparagus Fries
    Most picky eaters I know will jump at the word "fries." Why not show them how delicious asparagus can be when served with a crispy fried coating and their favorite dip!
    Make asparagus fries
    Photo: Shaina Olmanson
  • Asparagus Sunflower Dip 3 of 11
    Asparagus Sunflower Dip
    Dips are a great way to introduce picky eaters to new flavors. They can take something they already like, like a cracker or piece of toast, and dip it cautiously while they get used to new flavors and textures!
    Make asparagus sunflower dip
    Photo: Kathy Patalsky
  • Creamy Artichoke Tartelettes 4 of 11
    Creamy Artichoke Tartelettes
    Artichokes are delicious but their hulking size can look so intimidating on the dinner plate. Serve up these simple two bite treats to your picky eater. They'll love the creamy texture and the fact that they can still try the vegetable without the entire thing on their plate!
    Make creamy artichoke tartelettes
    Photo: Brooke McLay
  • Rhubarb Raspberry Galette 5 of 11
    Rhubarb Raspberry Galette
    This simple rustic dessert is a bit of a treat and is a great way to introduce picky eaters to rhubarb. The red berry flavor of raspberry balances the tart rhubarb and it can always be a served with a dollop of whipped cream if need be!
    Make rhubarb raspberry galette
    Photo: Julie VR
  • Cheesy Zucchini Caterpillar 6 of 11
    Cheesy Zucchini Caterpillar
    Zucchini can seem a little foreboding to a picky eater - they are so big! But break it up into this fun shape with a coating of salty cheese and they will learn to love it!
    Make cheesy zucchini caterpillar
    Photo: Macki Cayloma
  • Zucchini and Olive Bruschetta 7 of 11
    Zucchini and Olive Bruschetta
    A simple vegetable bruschetta is a great way to introduce all sorts of spring produce to children. This way they can try a few bites of each vegetable and even make their own bruschetta as they want!
    Make zucchini and olive bruschetta
    Photo: Kathy Patalsky
  • Eggplant Burgers with Tzatziki 8 of 11
    Eggplant Burgers with Tzatziki
    These delicious burgers are made with eggplant! If your picky eater loves regular burgers have them give these a try. The meaty texture will be familiar and I bet they'll fall in love with the delicious flavor of fresh eggplant!
    Make eggplant burgers with tzatziki
    Photo: Aggie Goodman
  • Simple Ratatouille 9 of 11
    Simple Ratatouille
    This medley of fresh flavors is the perfect way to combine a few vegetables into a comforting vegetable stew or spread. The cooking process softens and sweetens the vegetables which may make them more appealing to an eater who prefers something gentler on the palate.
    Make simple ratatouille
    Photo: Julie VR
  • Ramps with Pasta 10 of 11
    Ramps with Pasta
    Ramps can be a little strange to picky eaters. However, when you stir it into fresh hot pasta they instantly become friendlier! To top off this picky eater-friendly dish add some familiar looking freshly toasted breadcrumbs for texture.
    Make ramps with pasta
    Photo: Jenny Rosenstrach
  • Pesto Pasta with Peas & Tomatoes 11 of 11
    Pesto Pasta with Peas & Tomatoes
    This pasta is perfect for picky eaters because it stirs fresh spring produce into a pasta preparation that is already familiar.
    Make pesto pasta with peas and cherry tomatoes
    Photo: Aggie Goodman

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