This pear salad mouse is both healthy and fun to create (and eat) for parties, family, or friends. Fresh pears are available all year, but it’s certainly okay to used canned fruit, as we did in this sample.
We do recommend unsweetened fruit packed in water, rather than in heavy syrup, which is overly sugary. Low sugar intake, as you know, is best for elderly nutrition, especially for those with elderly issues that require more carefully watched diets.
Like our other simple fruit salad characters, this pear salad mouse is both a recipe and a craft! So they make great senior activity ideas.
There are ways to enhance it as well, by adding a fruit dressing, or having the mice sit atop a mound of fruit waldorf salad, a cheesy type salad, or a slaw. Your choice. This is just the basics!
Pear Salad Mouse
You will need:
- Several pieces of romaine lettuce, or other greens
- Two pears halves, fresh or canned
- 4 dried banana slices for ears
- Squirt frosting in a tube (to use as “glue”)
- 4 candies for eyes, or raisins
- 2 mini pink marshmallows, for noses
- 2 long slices of orange rind, or narrow pieces of string cheese, for tails
- Pieces of cheese as garnishments for the mice (wrapped mini cheese, string cheese, sliced or cubed cheese)
On the plate, create the bedding for the mice by spreading down the greens on your salad plate.
If you’re going to use a mound of slaw or fruit salad, put it on the plates as this point. Then add the two pear halves side by side. If you’re using canned pears, pat them dry with a paper towel first. The small end is the head.
To decorate each pear salad mouse, make a slit on each side of the head for the ears, and insert the dried banana slices. Use squirt frosting to adhere the eyes, and the marshmallow nose.
For the tail, I just simple laid one end under the body of the mouse, not bothering to attach it. However, you could make a slit in the back end of the pear to insert the tail.
Finally, arrange the cheese on the plate around the mice. Any kind will do. Mice, after all, love any kind of cheese.
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — The easy way!Features more fruit mice, which can also be added to desserty type salads! Fun decorating projects too!
Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Festive enough for special holidays and parties, any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!
Mini Mouse Crafts –Mice themes are always popular. And ours even include crafts with candy, as well as fun chocolate crafts.