Salad Brain Exercise–Strawberries and Marshmallow Fluff

by Min Merrell

Salad Brain is a creativity platform.

These exercises use the platter, rather than the typical deep salad bowl, as the canvas for creation and a means to illustrate the universal process of creative thinking and design. No matter the field, the steps of creativity are the same. Here we’re using salads because we all have some experience with salad, a low-stakes, easy medium for practicing everyday creativity. Plus, your installation will feed you beautifully and well, and shouldn’t we all be eating more salads anyway?


For an introduction to getting in touch with your salad brain, read Welcome to Salad Brain Creativity.




Whipped Cream

Pastry Croutons


Your salad brains says yes to “salad for dessert.”  Here fresh strawberries and tossed and topped with whipped cream and homemade marshmallows. Pastry croutons add another dimension. Creamy, tart, crispy, buttery, salty.


Use any fruit that loves cream like peaches, mango, persimmon, any other berry. Replace the pastry croutons with your favorite cookie.  Flavor the marshmallow fluff with mint, lavender, jam, lemon curd. Use a combination of fruits like peaches and blackberries. How about some nuts or candy brittle?  Don’t feel like making homemade marshmallows, then cut up some store-bought or use marshmallow fluff.

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