Pear Bunny Salad

 Pear Bunny Salad. Plate of bunnies made of pears with cottage cheese tails.

I have been making this Pear Bunny Salad since I was a little girl. It is from a book called Betty Crocker NEW Boys and Girls Cookbook, which I still have. These little pear bunnies have always been a hit when I’ve served them. This salad is fine to serve for any occasion, but I thought it would be especially cute for Easter.

Pear Bunny Salad. Close up of plate of bunnies made of pears with cottage cheese tails.

It really isn’t what I’d consider a recipe and is very easy to put together. Start with a bed of lettuce on a plate or platter. I used shredded iceberg, but a darker lettuce will actually help the bunnies to stand out more.

Drain pear halves and place around the lettuce as shown. Use a small scoop or spoon for the little cottage cheese tails. I used sliced almonds for the ears and mini chocolate morsels for the eyes. I have also used whole cloves for eyes and they actually stay in place better. I’ve never tried it, but you could use a tiny pink mini marshmallow for the nose. Or maybe a pink jelly bean.

I placed small sliced of carrots between them for a color contrast.

 Pear Bunny Salad

This Pear Bunny Salad is just so cute. I hope you will try it soon!

Need more salad ideas? Check out my Vegetable Ribbon Salad with Feta and my Pasta Dill Salad.

Easy Pear Bunny Salad

Vickie Franks
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • lettuce to line plate or platter
  • 2 15 oz cans pear halves, drained
  • 8 oz cottage cheese
  • 4 oz bag sliced almonds
  • mini chocolate chips or whole cloves for eyes
  • carrots for garnish


  • Line a platter with lettuce.
  • Add drained pears in a circle with the tops of the pear halves facing the center.
  • Lightly press 2 sliced almonds into each pear for the ears.
  • Press mini morsels, pointed side down onto pears for eyes. Use one for a nose, too, if desired. Whole cloves can be used instead of mini morsels.
  • Spoon or scoop a small amount of cottage cheese onto the backs of the pears for tails.
  • Garnish with carrots.
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