There is something about Easter and bunnies and Springtime that makes me so happy. I have so many sweet childhood memories based around Easter that I really didn’t realize until I was an adult and the traditions started to slip away. Contrary to what my parents think, I am NOT too old for an Easter basket hunt. Thank goodness I have my own peanut now to start some beautiful family traditions of our own, like this pretty adorable Bunny Fruit Salad.
I aspire to be a trendy Pinterest Mom and this is really the closest I’ve gotten yet. I’m not sure where I saw the idea of using cookie cutters on fruit, but it really is a genius idea. Not only is it super cute, in my experience, when something edible looks adorable, a kid is more likely to eat it. But, check back with me when my toddler won’t eat her cantaloupe, no matter how cute I think it is.
This bunny fruit salad appealing to the eyes and palate and it’s something you can feel good about making too! Our friends at Whole Foods Market have a great program called “Whole Trade Guarantee.” Since 2007, they have committed to sourcing high-quality fair trade Produce and Floral items, like this yummy pineapple! Plus, each purchase helps to fund community projects such as schools and health clinics.
There are a ton of different ways to cookie cutter the fruit, depending on what piece of produce you choose. Pineapple can be cut uniformly which makes for nice little bunny pieces in your salad. It can get relatively messy, so make sure you cut all the side pieces off your pineapple, cantaloupe, etc. before you are ready to use the cookie cutters. Our smallest bunny cookie cutter was still about 2 1/2 inches which meant we could only use items like pineapple, mango and cantaloupe. I would suggest using some cookie cutters that are maybe 1/2 to 1 inch so you could cut some strawberries or kiwis. In Columbus, we have a sweet little shop called Smidge and Pinch that has a TON of cookie cutters for a great price. They also just announced a partnership with Pelotonia !
After you cut out your bunny pieces for your fruit salad, you will have some leftover fruit that you can just chop and add into the dish for some nice texture. Part of my inspiration for this dish was the Snickers salad that my family makes at certain holidays which is layered with Cool Whip. I figured adding some freshly made whipped cream is an even better addition to this seemingly healthy bunny fruit salad. Check out our recipe below and let us know what kind of fruit (and cookie cutters) you use for your salad!
- 1 Whole Trade Pineapple
- 1 Pint Strawberries
- 1 Cantaloupe
- 3 Champagne Mangoes
- 1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
- 4 Tablespoons Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla
- First, cut the pineapple top, bottom and sides off. Turn pineapple on its' side and cut into circular pieces, about 1 1/2 inches thick. Using desired cookie cutter shape, cut pineapple into shape. Then, chop remaining pieces of pineapple into bite-sized pieces.
- Next, cut the sides off the cantaloupe. Again, cut into 1 1/2 thick, long pieces and use cookie cutters into desired shape. Chop remaining pieces into bite-sized pieces.
- Cut mangoes and do the same with the cookie cutters, chopping remaining pieces into bite sized pieces.
- Chop strawberries into bite sized pieces.
- Combine all bite sized pieces together and set aside cookie cutter pieces.
- Layer bite sized pieces in personal bowls then top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Assemble cookie cutter pieces on top of whipped cream and enjoy!
- Freeze mixer bowl and whisk for 10 minutes.
- Pour heavy whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in mixing bowl.
- Mix on level 6 for 4-5 minutes until soft peaks form. You'll know it's ready when you can remove the whisk, hold it upside down and it stays put.