Cucumber MousePlaying with your food? Oh, go ahead — why not just go whole hog and make your salad ingredients into an animal sculpture?

This cucumber mouse with big googly olive-slice eyes is “easier than it looks,” says Graham Slater. What a great table decoration for a kids’ birthday party — and it certainly might convince a stubborn kid to sample a few fresh veggies before a case of scurvy sets in!

Looking for more fun salad ideas? Cru-Cru’s Fantastic Healthy Feast (PDF) , a lovely little booklet by the Québec’s Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux has about a gazillion other creative ideas for crazy characters and animals to make out of fresh fruit and vegetables.

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