Creative and Simple Fruit Salad Characters

Fresh fruit salad ideas with a touch of whimsy!

Simple fruit salads can be turned into whimsical fun using fresh fruits, candies, and other fun items to create characters. The salads on this page make really good senior activity ideas, and can also be modified for simpler elderly activities for those who experience elderly issues that may cause certain limitations. They’re easy to make for casual activity get-togethers, to use at parties, special luncheons or dinners … and kids love to make them too!

So take a look at the simple fruit salad projects on this page, as well as an easy and scrumptious Carrot Slaw that you can use as a “nest” or to put on the side for any of these whimsical fruit salads. Also take a look at our Fruit Salad Dressings below, to drizzle or use as a dip for the fruit pieces.

This page includes:

  • Pear Mice
  • Peach Bunny
  • Apple Bug
  • Orange Bird
  • Banana Fish
  • Octopus String Cheese
  • Carrot Slaw
  • Fruit Salad Dressing

Special Tips:
For any of these whimsical simple fruit salads, to attach pieces together, use either halves of toothpicks, or squirt frosting in a tube, which makes a great “glue.”

Any candies you use can probably be found in the bulk section of the grocery story, so you can get them in small quantities, as much as you need. Instead of a huge bag. Many supplies can also be found inexpensively at dollar stores.

Pear Mice

You can make this simple fruit salad with either canned pears or fresh pear halves.
Bedding -- Spread several Romaine lettuce leaves onto a plate, then put on two pear halves.
Head -- The small end is the head. Make a slit on each side of the head in which to insert the ears, which are dried banana slices (or anything else you’d like to use). I used squirt frosting as glue to adhere candy eyes. Raisins work well too. Pink mini marshmallows are used for the nose.
Tail -- You can use a long piece from string cheese, or a long slice of orange rind. I simply laid the tail under the pear, not bothering to attach it.
Garnishments -- For this salad I included small individually wrapped cheese rounds to go with the mouse. You can also have cheese slices or sticks of string cheese instead. Mice, after all, love any kind of cheese.

Peach Bunny

Bedding -- With this simple fruit salad you can use several pieces of lettuce and also slaw on the side.
Body -- This is made of both a peach for the body (whole or half), and apricot for the head, attached together with a toothpick. You may notice the baby carrots that are used as paws, placed at the bottom front of the body. Whole almonds work well too.
Head -- For this one, I used blueberries attached with squirt frosting in a tube, a gumdrop for a nose (raspberries work great too), and slices of marshmallow for ears, which are just laid against the bunny, not attached.
Tail -- I used a half a marshmallow, attached with a toothpick. A piece of cauliflower also looks cute.
Garnishments -- Bunnies love carrots, so I added several baby carrots to the plate. But this is a great salad in which to use our Carrot Slaw, below.

Apple Bug

Bedding -- This simple fruit salad starts out with the usual pieces of lettuce on the plate.
Body and Head -- Cut an apple in half, then attach a head made from either a cherry tomato or a large red grape, with a toothpick. Antennae can be made of toothpicks too. If you feel ambitious, you can attach small candy eyes with squirt frosting. They look really cute!
Legs -- The easiest way to make legs is to stick in colored toothpicks. But thin slices of orange rind (the candied kind is really good), or strips of string cheese work well too. For those, you can simply lay them under the body, instead of trying to attach them.
Spots -- You guessed it, raisins attached with squirt frosting.
Garnishments -- A variation of cole slaw is really good to add to this simple fruit salad too, with apples added in.

Orange Bird

Bedding -- For this simple fruit salad, besides the lettuce leaves (which resemble leaves for the bird), you can add in “twigs” of cinnamon sticks. It also sits well on top of a square of orange jello.
Body -- The body is a wedge of a large orange (you can use grapefruit instead).
Head -- An orange gumdrop forms the head, and is attached with a toothpick. Make little slits for the beak. Then insert 2 almonds at angles. Candies attached with squirt frosting form the eyes.
Wings and Tail -- The wings are simply orange wedge candies attached with toothpicks, and the tail is a lettuce leaf attached with same.
Garnishments -- Include whatever raw vegetables you’d like on the side. I have some cherry tomatoes in this photo. Small broccoli pieces can also be used, and resemble foliage a little. The bird can also sit in a cole slaw that includes a little apple and shaved orange rind.

Jumping Fish Banana Salad

This fun and simple fruit salad is a comical fish character, one of our popular party salads. (It especially goes will with our Gone-Fishing themed party --see: Gone Fishing Party Ideas.) In this cute jumping banana salad, we use a fresh banana, plus a pear, grapes, blueberries to resemble water rocks and pebbles, and lots of greens that resemble water plants. Get the details here: Jumping Fish Banana Fruit Salad.

Octopus String Cheese Salad

This cute cheese salad is another one of the characters of our party salads series. It also has an under-water theme and is similar in making to the Banana Fish -- lots of fresh greens, grapes, blueberries, and a half a pear. And of course the octopus. Plus you can add more cheese. Use your imagination for other items you could add to this salad too. Another delicious possibility for a themed Gone Fishing party. Get all the information at this link: Octopus String Cheese Salad.


Marsha’s Easy Carrot Slaw

This goes really well with our simple fruit salads as a side, and contains important cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower), which are great cancer fighting anti-oxidants.
You need:
A package of prepared cole slaw mix with shredded broccoli, carrot, and purple cabbage.
OR --
2 cups very finely chopped broccoli
2 cups shredded purple cabbage
2 cups shredded carrots
Add in and mix:
½ cup chopped red peppers
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup slivered almonds
(optional) ½ cup chopped radish
Mix in:
At least 1 cup of cubed chicken breast, or smoked chicken, or crumbled turkey bacon.
Dressing: Either Thousand Island, or Red Honey French Dressing, to taste. (If you use French, there is no mayo, so it can be outside longer, should you be eating outdoors).

Fruit Salad Dressing

Either fruit salad dressing can be used to drizzle or for dipping with our simple fruit salads, and served on the side in small party cups.

Orange Dressing

3 oz. of cream cheese, softened
2 tsp of Splenda
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Pinch of salt
3 Tbsp of orange juice
1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
2 Tbsp raspberry jam
Mix everything together well.

Pink Ruby Dressing

1/2 cup of raspberry or strawberry jam
2 Tbsp lemon juice (or to taste)
1/4 cup oil
½ pint whipping cream, whipped
You can also add in finely chopped pieces of strawberries or raspberries
Beat together thoroughly with an electric mixer.

Also see these fun pages:

Really Easy Apple Craft Ideas -- Try these really easy apple craft Ideas (for all ages.) Apples are not only abundant in fall, they are in season year round, so these ideas are perfect any time.
Gourd Craft Ideas - Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies -- Gourd craft ideas are fun all year round and make great fall craft projects. These whimsical characters are really easy and fast to make. Great for all ages, both elderly and kids!
Healthy Snack Recipes -- Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones for all ages. Don’t miss these!
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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