Melon caterpillar

This is a very simple dish to make, and honeydew is so sweet it’s a perfect fruit for dessert.

It's a great design for a share plate as the segments can be individually stabbed with a fork or grabbed with a nice clean hand!



  • honeydew melon (or other melon if you prefer)
  • pumpkin seeds for the legs (sunflower seeds, raisins or cut blueberries would work perfectly as well)
  • cherries for the eyes and mouth (blueberries would be a good substitute, sliced dates are great too)
  • cherry stalks for the antennae (or you could use herbs like fresh rosemary)


Step 1 Cut the melon into segments. I make a rough rectangle and then cut two sloping sides at the top.

Step 2 Add more segments until the caterpillar is long enough. I generally make the ones at the back slightly smaller.

Step 3 Add a large, roughly circular piece for the head and a triangular piece for the tail.

Step 4 Place pumpkin seeds down each side as legs.

Step 5 Add cherry stalks as antennae.

Step 6 Cut the cheek from either side of a cherry for the eyes then add a smiling mouth.

Step 7 Cut little disks of melon for the pupils.

Step 8 Then I added some small pieces of melon and cherry for the ground.


Judith Yeabsley is a mum of two boys who is
passionate about healthy food for kids. Her blog
The Art of Nutrition is a popular place to find
inspiration for fun, healthy, creative food for kids
big and small. Judith describes her mission as
“how to present healthy food creatively so it is
delicious looking and impulse-creating, so kids
can’t wait to tackle the plate”. The focus is fruit, vegetables and whole
grains. The plates are designed to be made by the average time-poor
parent, in the average kitchen, using readily available ingredients and
working on a budget.

First published: Mar 2014
Last updated: April 3 2017
Last science review: October 10 2016

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