Fun Salad Hot Air Balloon

Fun Salad Hot Air Balloon

This was so much fun to make. It was really easy, just a question of chopping the ingredients (which you have to do anyway) and then placing them inside the balloon shape.

Lots of fresh salad veggies married with a little cheese, what could be better in a fun food share plate?
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– I used cottage cheese (cream cheese/ricotta or a mash would also work)

– Carrots, red & yellow capsicum (bell pepper), celery, radish, cucumber, red cabbage for the balloon. Use anything you have available!

– Mushroom for the basket

– Cottage cheese for the clouds


1. I smeared cottage cheese in the shape of the balloon. This makes the veggies stay in place and gives you a shape to work to.

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I made an outline from carrot cut into circles.

2. Then added layers of red capsicum, celery and began one of yellow capsicum.

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3. I finished the yellow …

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4. Before adding some radish.

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5. Then some cucumber sliced into semi-circles.

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6. And filled the centre with red cabbage.

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7. I used strips of the red cabbage to make the wires attaching the balloon to the mushroom basket.

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8. Before adding some cottage cheese fluffy clouds for it to float through.

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6 Responses to Fun Salad Hot Air Balloon

  1. nia says:

    what is the dressing you use on it ?

    • Judith says:

      I used cottage cheese under the balloon but you could use ricotta or cream cheese. For a non-dairy option I would use hummus/pureed cauliflower or a bean puree 🙂 Judith

      • nia says:

        how do you make the mushroom basket and do you have to use radish ?? and how do you get the strip from the cabbage ?

        • Judith says:

          Hi Nia, The mushroom basket is just a large mushroom with the top sliced off and then cut to the shape shown in the picture. You can swap in any veg you like. I used radish for the colour and because my boys like it. You could use corn or beans or cauliflower etc. With the cabbage use the outer leaves and then slice a long strip using a sharp knife.
          Hope that helps, Judith

  2. nia says:

    did you colour the mushroom ?

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