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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Salad Activity and More Party Ideas

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

I’ve long been a fan of Eric Carle and the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar for as long as I can remember. Naturally, it became one of my kids’ favorites as well, probably since I read it so enthusiastically. I love the different skills it teaches, from counting to making healthy eating choices. It doesn’t hurt that the illustrations are cute and colorful, and kids love talking about that line up of food that gives the poor caterpillar a stomachache.

This week for dinner, we turned bedtime stories into dinner stories and made a fruit salad based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s first five days after popping out of his egg.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Salad
1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
1 apple
2 pears
3 plums
4 strawberries (and 4 more for good measure)
5 oranges
1-2 teaspoons raw honey (optional)

Mix together quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stir and then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Slice and chop apple, pears, plums and strawberries and add to cooled quinoa. Supreme 4 oranges. With the fifth orange, zest the rind into the salad. Juice the orange and add the juice to the salad as well. Stir to combine, mixing in honey, if desired. Chill and serve cold.

Makes 8-10 servings.

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson


Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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5 thoughts on “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Salad Activity and More Party Ideas

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  2. Amy @ Finer Things says:

    SUCH a great idea, Shaina. Turning a meal into an EVENT is a valuable way to spend time with the family.

  3. Erika says:

    I recently bought my first bag of quinoa and I’ve been unsure how to start using it. Sounds like a great recipe my kids will enjoy!

  4. Amy @ MomsToolbox says:

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    I LOVE your adorable fruit salad.. and what a great way to make reading time and snack time even better.. and sneak in some quinoa, too!


  5. Cheryl Freestone says:

    At my house we love, love, love The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Thanks for this salad idea!

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