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Perhaps you have been asked to bring a Platter of Fresh Fruit to an event to which you have been invited, or maybe you plan on preparing a Fruit Tray for your own get-together.

Fruit platters are great food ideas to accompany outdoor barbeque dinners and picnics. And...don't forget the fruit dip!

Making your own fruit arrangement is far superior to purchasing a store-made fruit tray.

Not only will making your own tray of fruit be cheaper, it will be fresher, better quality, and you can choose whatever fruits you like to include and how many differentvarieties of fruit you are going to use. 


Picture of Fruit Platter / Fruit Tray How to Make

The first thing you need to consider is approximately how many people your platter of fruit needs to serve.

This will determine the size of the fruit platter you will use.

Next, you need to decide if you want to use a store purchased platter (discount, or "dollar stores" often sell the disposable plastic trays with clear, raised lids), or your own plastic tray with ready-made compartments for the different fruits, or a more elegant, ceramic fruit platter.







Whichever platter you choose for presentation, you will need to have a lid, or plastic wrap to keep it covered till serving time.

Whatever type of tray or platter you choose, ensure that it has a large enough "lip" or edge around it to catch any escaping fruit juices.

This is especially important if you are bringing the platter elsewhere.

I would suggest that the type of platter you use will depend on the event.

If you are preparing the platter of fruit for a more formal event, serving fewer people, where you are also using good dinnerware, etc. you may want to use a fancy platter.

For most events however, a plastic disposable, or other plastic fruit tray is your best choice.

If you are making multiple fruit platters for events such as Weddings, Anniversaries, Graduations, and so on, I recommend purchasing the disposable platters, and making them all identical to one another.

Are you making a fruit tray for a crowd of about 25 people?

Here is an example of the fruit tray I made for a crowd of about 25 people.

To create fruit platters for more people, you can simply make additional trays.


Fruit Tray for a Crowd Recipe

For Instructions How to Make the above Fruit Platter,

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If you are making a fruit tray for a Bridal or Wedding Shower or a Baby Shower, check out the Rainbow Fruit Tray I created for my daughter's Bridal Shower!

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If you do not have a special "fruit platter" to use, you can easily use a regular serving tray. The tray can be used as it is, or covered with aluminum foil, a plastic disposable plastic table cover, or covered in gift wrap, and then covered in clear (food saver) wrap.

Personally, if I am asked to bring a food platter to an event, I like to use a disposable tray so that when I leave the party, I do not need to ask for my tray to take back home with me, especially when I may leave before the tray is entirely empty! 







Next, you should decide on what types of fruit you will include.

Write down the fruits that you will purchase and where you plan to buy them.

Purchase the fruit just prior to the date you need the platter for.

Fruit should be ripe, but not overripe.

Take advantage of fruit types which are in season at the time, and use greater quantities of these.

The advantage is that, being fresh, local, and properly ripened, they will taste the best, and fruit in season is usually less expensive.


Cool Idea for Fruit Platter / TrayRaspberries and Chocolate - YUM!

Consider adding Food Flair to your fresh fruit platter by including chocolate raspberries, (see picture above).

If you are including raspberries as part of your fruit tray, you could add the chocolate chips to the berries, or you add a side dish full of chocolate raspberries.

This idea will be sure to add pizzazz to your fruit presentation, and will certainly be a conversation piece!

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If I make a fruit tray that is about 18" in diameter, I would use about 5 different fruits. There is no rule about this though...you can use as many as you like!

How long before you plan to serve the fruit can you make the fruit tray?

Most of the fruit should be purchased as close to the date of the event as possible. The day of, or the day before is best.

You can make the entire tray the day of the event, by washing the fruit, cutting it up, and arranging it on the tray, and then keeping the platter chilled, and covered, until serving time.

Another option is to prepare the fruit a little ahead of time, and keep it in separate containers in the fridge (covered), and then closer to the event, transfer it to the tray or platter. I would advise you not to arrange the fruit on the platter more than 24 hours before you plan to serve it.

Either of the two above methods is fine, however, some fruits must be prepared immediately before serving the tray. Apples, bananas, peaches and pears are example of fruit which cannot be prepared ahead of time because they will turn brown and begin to deteriorate.

In the event that you are bringing the fruit tray to a party, you will want to take the apples, bananas, peaches and pears unpeeled, and peel them and add them to the fruit tray just prior to serving. If you do not want this added responsibility at the party...choose other fruits instead of these.

Tips for DIY Fruit Trays

Tip:Lightly sprinkle lemon juice, or "fruit fresh" over the sliced apples, bananas, peaches and pears, before adding them to the tray to slow down the browning process. Many people avoid using these types of fruit because of their tendency to brown. You will be the best judge of the choices you make for the fruit selection for the fruit tray you will create.

Tip: If you plan to use apples, remember that some varieties of apples have a greater tendency to brown quicker than others. For example, "Cortland" is a variety of apple that is a good choice for a fruit platter as it does not tend to discolour as quickly as some other varieties of apples.

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Make all the cut fruit roughly the same, bite-size pieces. You can use a melon baller for the melons or a zig-zag type of fruit slicer to jazz up the fruit tray if you wish.

When you place the fruit on the serving platter, you can do so by arranging the fruit in an organized or a random arrangement.

If you choose an organized arrangement, arrange the fruit evenly around the plate, or in the case of a square tray, do so in a square pattern.

If you choose a random arrangement of the fruit, simply place the different fruit types randomly around the tray.

You can also use an organized arrangement, and then place small berries, such as blueberries, sprinkled over just the melon and pineapple for a special effect.

Try and arrange the fruit with colours that contrast with each other. For example, red strawberries look amazing beside yellow pineapple, and bright green kiwi or green grapes look great beside red raspberries, etc. Make the tray look appealing, colourful and luscious!

I like to arrange the fruit (on either a round, square, rectangle, or oblong platter) around the bowl of fruit dip.

If you are planning on having the fruit dip in a bowl separate from the fruit platter itself, find another "focal point" for the fruit tray. This can whole, unpeeled fruit, a display of an exotic fruit, a decorative holder for toothpicks to use with the fruit, a mini bouquet of fresh or artificial flowers, or anything else that gives the fruit platter "balance".

You can also use some of the discarded parts of the cut-up fruit. For example, you can put the leaves of the pineapple in the center, or hollow out the bottom of a pineapple or a melon, and fill it with blueberries or nuts. If you are preparing multiple fruit platters, I suggest that you use the same focal point for all of the trays.

Be creative...it is amazing what you will come up with. All fruit trays are unique...that is what makes them so pleasing to the eye...and the taste buds!:)

And, don't forget the fruit dip!

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How To Make A Fruit Tray Platter (V, GF, P)

Learn how to make a fruit tray that is bursting with gorgeous color and delicious flavor! I am sharing all my tips and tricks for assembling and customizing an amazing fruit platter that is perfect for all sorts of occasions.

Suitable for Gluten Free, Paleo, and Vegan diets. Weight Watcher Points included.

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a completed fruit tray ready to be served

Food just tastes better when it looks good, right?! And that is exactly why I loooooove assembling and serving a gorgeous freshfruit tray. So I’m sharing all my tips and tricks to show you how to create an amazing fruit display tray.

Folks, we’re talking something that is afeast for the eyes as well as the palate. And once you learn just how easy it is, you’ll be creating fruit platters that’ll be the envy of all your friends and family!

Related Link : How To Make A Charcuterie Platter.

Assembling a fruit platter is relatively quick and simple. And peeps, it is sooooo worth the effort. The key to making a good fruit tray is using an assortment of different in-season fresh fruit that gives you a variety of textures, colors, and flavor.

top down view of a finished fruit tray

Why You’ll Love It

  • Fun to put together.
  • Beautiful way to display fruit.
  • Great for celebrations, parties, brunches, get-togethers and potlucks. 
  • A simple way to serve fruits for breakfast, brunch, snacks, and even dinner. 
  • Easy way to get kids to eat more fruit.

What is a Fruit Platter? 

A fruit platter is a visually appealing way to display and offer various fruit to your family and friends. You can create fruit display color schemes or designs if you’re really looking to get fancy. 

Folks there are so many fun fruit tray ideas you can create, the possibilities are endless

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Soooo, let’s gather up all your fruit and I will show you…..

How to Make A Fruit Tray 

  1. Prep the fruit by washing and cutting into appropriate sizes. 
  2. Make your dipping sauce. I have a couple recommendations below. 
  3. Get your platter and bowls out. Place your bowls on the tray. 
  4. Add your dip to the bowls.
  5. Arrange your larger fruit on the platter. 
  6. Add and arrange your smaller fruits to the tray. 
  7. Fill in the holes by working in layers as you may need to rearrange some fruit on the tray.
  8. Add the smallest fruit and your garnish of seeds, nuts or other small pieces to complete your display. 
image collage showing the steps for how to make a fruit tray

Fruit Display Tips

  • Cut fruit in appropriate sizes for ages of guests. 
  • Use a smaller fruit tray for your fruit. This will create a boisterous looking fruit platter that is more visually appealing.
  • Choose a serving tray with a lip so it will hold the fruit juices in. 
  • Remember to use fruit that is in season for the best flavor. 
  • Cut fruit into various shapes to add more appealing elements to your fruit arrangement. 
  • Have and use fruit-only cutting board so the flavors from other ingredients don’t tarnish the taste of your fresh fruit. 
  • If leaving fruit and dip out for more than 2 hrs, try to chill the tray and bowl ahead of time to help keep the fruit fresh.

Chef’s tip –>Need to learn how to cut a watermelon? I’ve got you covered in this watermelon cutting post. 

Fruit Variations and Fruit Platter Ideas

Keep in mind that you should be choosing fruit for your platter that is in season when you’re creating this fruit display tray. 

Here are the fruits that I included in this platter:

  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • oranges
  • green grapes
  • watermelon
  • bananas 
  • peaches

Other fruits to include, depending on the season:

  • pineapple
  • apples
  • blueberries
  • red grapes
  • clementines or cuties
  • apricots
  • kiwi
  • mango
  • dragon fruit
  • cantaloupe 
  • honeydew melon
  • nectarines

I garnished this tray with a cup of nuts and raisins. Here are some other items that will add a nice crunch to your fruit display;

  • pomegranate seeds
  • shredded coconut
  • dried cranberries
  • dried mango
  • chocolate chips 
  • crackers
  • pretzels
  • mini baguette slices
  • cheese wedge
close up view of a completed fruit platter

FAQ

Is It Cheaper To Make A Fruit Display?

In most cases it is always cheaper to make your own than it is to buy a premade one from the store. Making your own allows you to customize which fruit will be on the tray and you can make it look exactly how you like it. No plain boring sectioned plates to show your fruit. 

How Do You Keep Fruit From Browning? 

I recommend cutting fruit as close to serving them as possible to prevent browning. If you have some time before the fruit is to be served, try using lemon juice or pineapple juice on the fruit that would brown fast like apple slices. 

What Fruit Is Best Each Season? 

While this could vary depending on where you live, generally these are the best fruits for different seasons: 

  • Spring:  apples, apricots, bananas, kiwi, pineapple and strawberries.
  • Summer: apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, honeydew, mango, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries and watermelon.
  • Fall: apples, bananas, grapes, kiwi, mangos, pears, pineapples and raspberries.
  • Winter: apples, bananas, kiwi, oranges, pears and pineapples.

Prep Ahead

It’s best to buy your fruit for your tray the day before or the day of to assure you’re serving the freshest and most flavorful fruit. 

You can prep this tray ahead of time on the day you plan to serve it. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until needed. 

You can also prep some fruit the night before but keep it in an airtight container. Try to wait as long as you can to cut the fruit that will brown. 

Serving Suggestions

Add one, some, or all of these delectable dips to your fruit tray:

And these nut recipes are the perfect finishing touch for your fruit platter:

a finished fruit platter ready to be served

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Weight Watchers Points 

If served without dips or nuts, this fruit tray contains 0 Blue Plan SmartPoints.

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How To Make A Fruit Tray

Making a Fruit Tray is a flavorful and colorful way to display your variety of fruits at a party, get together or celebration.
Course: Appetizer, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: american, western, gluten free, Vegan

Instructions

  • Prep the fruit by washing and cutting into appropriate sizes.
  • Make your dipping sauce. I have a couple recommendations below.
  • Get your platter and bowls out. Place your bowls on the tray.
  • Add your dip to the bowls.
  • Arrange your larger fruit on the platter.
  • Add and arrange your smaller fruits to the tray.
  • Fill in the holes by working in layers as you may need to rearrange some fruit on the tray.
  • Add the smallest fruit and your garnish of seeds, nuts or other small pieces to complete your display.
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Notes

  • Cut fruit in appropriate sizes for ages of guests. 
  • Use a smaller fruit tray for your fruit. This will create a boisterous looking fruit platter that is more visually appealing.
  • Also remember when choosing a serving tray, choose one with a lip to hold the fruit juices in. 
  • Remember to use fruit that’s in season as it will have the most flavor. 
  • Cut fruit into various shapes to add more appealing elements to your fruit arrangement. 
  • Have and use a fruit only cutting board so the flavors from other ingredients don’t tarnish the taste of your fresh fruit. 
  • If leaving fruit and dip out for more than 2 hrs, try to chill the tray and bowl ahead of time to help keep the fruit fresh.
  • Chef’s tip –>Need to learn how to cut a watermelon? I’ve got you covered in this watermelon cutting post. 
If served without dips or nuts, a fruit tray contains 0 Blue Plan SmartPoints. 

Nutrition

Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 989IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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Fresh Fruit Platter

  1. I like to begin the platter with a base of ripe, colorful, sliced melons and pineapple--for example, cantaloupe, honeydew, Galia, or Cavaillon melons, plus the new "golden" pineapples. Peel the outside of a whole melon, cut it in half through the stem end, and scoop out the seeds. Place the melon halves cut side down on a board, and slice them straight across into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Fan each half-melon out slightly and arrange it on the platter. Next, cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple, peel the outside, and use a sharp knife to remove the "eyes." Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise and remove the core by cutting a "V" down the center of each half. Again, place the pineapple halves, cut side down, on a board and slice them straight across into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Fan the slices out and arrange them next to the melon on the platter.
  2. Once the base is set, you can add any kind of fruit that's available. I like to have one thing that is taller than the rest, such as a large bunch of grapes or a decoratively cut papaya, to give the platter height. Then I add raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and fresh figs in casual but organized groups. The platter can look like a bowl of M&M's if there are too many colors scattered with no order. Visually, your eye needs to have a focal point and to be able to see each type of fruit. After all the fruit is arranged, I add flat green leaves around the outside of the fruit, to set off the colors. Use lemon and galax leaves from your florist, or fig leaves and grape leaves from your garden. Make sure they are pesticide-free and well washed.
  3. Any kind of fruit will work well on this platter. For special occasions, add persimmons, kiwi, passion fruit, Queen Anne cherries, fresh apricots, and mangos. Choose whatever is colorful and seasonal.

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