Octopus String Cheese Salad

string cheese salad food craft

This cute cheese salad is one of the characters of our party salads series. As always, we use plenty of fresh fruit, greens, and vegetables, so they are healthy for all ages, and especially excellent for elderly nutrition needs.

Elderly nutrition (or lack of it), as you may know, has become a serious issue. See more information by following the link at Top Tips For Elderly Nutrition.

The abundance of greens resembles under water foliage, and the fruit reminds me of rocks and pebbles. You can also add in chunks of cubed cheese. We didn’t picture them here, but if you love cheeses, this is a perfect salad to put them in. Another option is to place an individually wrapped, round mini-cheese on the plate. Here’s how you make it.


Octopus String Cheese Salad

You will need:

  • Bag of Mixed Spring Greens or other greens for the “vegetation”
  • 6 grapes
  • A handful of blueberries (frozen is OK)
  • ½ pear, for the “rock”
  • Stick of string cheese
  • 1/4 cup cubed cheese chunks – (Optional, and not shown in photo)
  • 3 candies for the face
  • Tube of squirt frosting to serve as “glue” for the candies
  • A couple toothpicks
  • Optional: your favorite fruit salad dressing to put around the pear (not pictured – we wanted to keep the illustration simple)

Arrange your greens for your octopus cheese salad on the salad plate. At this point you can add a little fruit salad dressing, if you’d like. Lay the half pear (which is meant to resemble a large sea rock) face down on the greens. Next, lay the grapes and blueberries around on the greens, plus the cubed cheese chunks, if you are using them.

Carefully make several long slits up the piece of string cheese with a knife, and gently pull them upwards, forming the legs. Put a toothpick into the bottom of the octopus, and then stick it into the top of the pear. I also put a toothpick into a spinach leaf and stood it upright into the pear, by the octopus. Your Octopus String Cheese Salad is done!

Besides this octopus string cheese salad, we have lots of other fun salad ideas that can be used for parties, activities, projects with kids, any time of the year and for many occasions. So take a look at the links below and see what might be an idea for you. And of course, if you have ideas of your own, be sure to submit them to our Share Forum(s) -- the buttons for them are on the Menu Bar. And check out what other people have submitted too.

Make sure to also see:

Jumping Fish Banana Fruit Salad -- This fun banana fruit salad is a comical fish character, one of our popular party salads. (It especially goes will with our Gone-Fishing themed party). We use lots of fresh fruits and veggies and dress them up.
Creative and Simple Fruit Salad Characters -- Lots more fruit salad characters of all kinds, and ours include many unique whimsical ideas -- they're like making a craft with food! These are great for parties, occasions, and to do with kids as well.
Strawberry Fruit Kabob -- This towering strawberry, apple and fruit kabob is both a craft and a food project! Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties. Make as either a dessert or fruit salad!
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries -- Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries - the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! For all ages; also makes great senior activity ideas.


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