Sometimes it is hard to find fun Halloween-themed food that is healthy and not sweet. To enjoy some Halloween fun, try this Spinach Pear Salad. It is healthy and full of fun cheesy ghosts!
Customize for Other Occasions
You can also customize this salad for other occasions. For example, you could cut out cheese hearts for a Valentine’s Day salad or stars for a patriotic salad. If you have them, use mini cookie cutters to cut out shapes for the salad. If you don’t have cookie cutters, cut the shapes by hand. It is easier than you think!
How to Hand-Cut the Ghosts
Sketch a “ghost” (shown below) onto a sheet of paper. The ghosts work well with points at the bottom to place them between the spinach in an upright position.
Draw a shape that looks like an apostrophe or a comma. It should be about two and a half inches long by an inch wide at its thickest point. There is no wrong way to do it, and you do not have to be artistic.
Place the pattern on a slice of cheese. This recipe calls for Swiss cheese slices, but you must use Swiss cheese that doesn’t have holes!
Use Straws to Make Eyes and a Mouth
It is easy to cut out the eyes with a small straw. Just push the straw into the cheese to cut through it and punch out an eye. The cheese will go into the straw. You can remove it by squeezing the straw at the end just above the cheese.
Then make a mouth by using a larger straw than the straw used for the eyes, as shown in the below right photo. To make an oval mouth, squeeze the end of the straw until it has more of an oval shape and use that end of the straw to punch out the mouth.
The cut-out ghosts will look rustic and cute. You can even create a variety of different ghost shapes if you choose!