Banana-Pear Caterpillar Recipe
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Banana-Pear Caterpillar Recipe

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With Sherry's guidance, Kendra Paige-Wrischnik, now 11, transformed banana and pear slices into this creepy crawler. "The girls' brother, Joey, was too young to help prepare the salads, but he sure enjoyed eating them," Sherry adds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:1 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 1 servings


  • 1 lettuce leaf
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1/2 medium red pear, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 raisins

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 160 calories, 1g fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 5g fiber), 2g protein


  1. Place lettuce on a salad plate; top with the banana. Cut 1/4-in. V-shaped slices halfway through the banana, spacing cuts 1 in. apart. Place a pear slice, peel side up, in each cut. For eyes, gently press raisins into one end of banana. Serve immediately. Yield: 1 serving.
Originally published as Banana-Pear Caterpillar in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p40

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Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"I made these with my kindergarten kids. They were easy, healthy, and delicious!"

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"I haven't tried this, but it looks adorable and easy to make. My question is, can it be made 4 hours in advance without the bananas turning brown; possibly lemon juice? Would love to make it for centerpieces for a child's party."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"For children who won't eat lettuce color shredded coconut green and put that down as base. To color coconut put into a glass jar, add few drops green food color. Put on lid and shake to evenly distribute color. Pour onto cookie sheet and spread out to dry."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"Wonderful for when grandchildren come over."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"AWESOME IDEA! How cute for summertime!"

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