Hot Roddin' Fruit Salad

Auto Parts
1 cantaloupe or honeydew melon
1 cup seedless red or green grapes (or a mixture of both)
8 strawberries
1 banana
1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)

1st Gear: Put the melon on a cutting board. With an adult’s help, slice 2 inches off the top and ½ inch off the bottom (the slice off the bottom will keep the melon from rolling away). From the top, scrape out the seeds with a metal spoon. Next, use a melon baller to make melon balls. Put melon balls in a bowl. Be careful not to cut through the melon’s rind while scooping out the balls.

2nd Gear: Take the 2-inch melon slice you cut, then cut out four circles with a 1½-inch round metal cookie cutter. Spear each “wheel” with a colorful toothpick and attach to the melon shell.

3rd Gear: Wash grapes thoroughly under running water. Place in the bowl, saving two for the car’s “headlights”. Use toothpicks to attach them to the shell.

4th Gear: Wash strawberries and “hull” them by removing the green tops. Place berries on a paper towel, then put another paper towel over them and pat dry. Place them in the bowl with the other fruit.

5th Gear: Peel the banana, then cut into slices on the cutting board. Place slices in the mixing bowl.

6th Gear: Almost to the finish line! Toss the shredded coconut, if desired, into the bowl of fruit. Mix gently with a wooden spoon. Spoon the fruit mixture into the car – and you’re off!

Makes 4 servings

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