Salad house

I’m always looking for simple but creative ways to present salad veg…

Making it that little bit more exciting makes a salad a ‘must eat’ and it’s an excellent way to prepare a plate for a play date or to present food at a school/kindergarten event. You can always add a healthy dip at the side, too, to jazz it up.

I’ve used the veg I had on hand but you can substitute anything you have in the fridge.



  • carrot
  • cucumber
  • celery
  • red capsicum
  • baby spinach
  • red cabbage
  • avocado


Step 1 Cut the carrot into batons and form into a rough square.

Step 2 Then use more carrot for the triangular roof.

Step 3 Fill the roof with celery tiles.

Step 4 Cut cucumber into squares for the windows.

Step 5 Then use the discarded cucumber skin for the detail on the windows.

Step 6 Use a red capsicum to make a shiny, red door.

Step 7 Give the door a celery handle and the roof a carrot chimney.

Step 8 Use more cucumber for grass and add a celery trunk for the tree.

Step 9 Give the tree some foliage by trimming a baby spinach leaf and grow some avocado bushes.

Step 10 Finally, add some red cabbage smoke and steps.

Then watch it get demolished…!


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: Apr 2014
Last updated: April 3 2017
Last science review: October 10 2016

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