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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Perfect rainbow food for any occasion …..

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Fun Salad Garden

Salad Garden

I really wanted to use my little, metal cookie cutters so decided to make a salad garden.

This fun food tray was so simple to make and you could use any veg you have on hand. My boys love picking their favourite bits off the platter and dipping in home-made mayo. And of course it’s great “rainbow” food. The more natural colours the more nutrients!

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I used:

– Cucumber

– Lettuce

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

– Baby spinach leaves

– Coriander (cilantro) stems

– Celery

– Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Corn

– Hummus

But as you can see you could chop and change most of the ingredients!


1. Make some cucumber flowers. I cut with a cookie cutter then made stems from celery.

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2. Then I added celery leaves.

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3. Next I cut star shaped flowers from carrots and balanced them on coriander (cilantro) stalks.

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4. And added celery “grass”

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5. Giving the carrot flowers baby spinach leaves.

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6. To add colour and sweetness I used cherry tomatoes balanced on cucumber stems for the final bunch of flowers.

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7. Then added detail. Corn centres for the tomatoes, hummus for the carrots and red cabbage for the cucumber.

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8. The garden seemed to be missing something so I added a butterfly. I used scissors to cut the wings and then used the inside of the tomatoes and some capsicum to make the detail.

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For the body I used carrot and the antennae were cut from red cabbage.

9. The perfect summery garden.

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