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How to Make a Fruit Platter – Easy Tips You Need to Know

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Master the art and learn how to make a fruit platter for any special occasion.  You can create stunning fruit trays with these great fruit platter ideas and this free printable fruit template.

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How to Make Fruit Platter

Fruit platters are a hit at parties, whether baby showers, a dinner party, or any large group! They’re the perfect addition to your next party. All you need are a variety of fruits like juicy melon, sweet pineapple chunks, and small clusters of colorful grapes.

Arrange them on a beautiful platter in a rainbow of colors for a fun and beautiful fruit tray. Don’t forget a delicious fruit dip like this one is perfect for the middle or side of the platter. Your friends will love dipping and snacking on your epic fruit platter, making your party extra special!

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Before I lost 125  lbs I would have skipped a fresh fruit platter and went straight for the desserts at a party. Now that I have lost weight and enjoy a vegan diet, I love creating a gorgeous fruit platter and always serve one at events.

Why You Will Love this Fruit Platter Recipe and Tips

  • Colorful Presentation: Creating an attractive fruit platter is like making edible art! A variety of vibrant fruits arranged in a rainbow of colors are visually stunning and inviting for everyone.
  • Healthy and Delicious: Fruits are delicious and packed with vitamins and nutrients. A fresh fruit tray provides a guilt-free option for snacking, offering a refreshing break from heavier party foods.
  • Customizable and Easy: You can personalize your fruit platter and in-season fruit based on your personal preference. This recipe and tips make it simple to follow, even for beginners
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create stunning fruit trays with this easy to follow template.

How to Make a Fruit Platter Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe card including ingredient quantities, full step-by-step instructions, helpful tips, and nutrient information below.

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Grapes (red, green, or both)
  • Watermelon cubes
  • Cantaloupe or honeydew melon slices
  • Kiwi slices
  • Mango chunks
  • Oranges or mandarin segments
  • Apple slices (dipped in lemon water to prevent browning)
  • Bananas (sliced and dipped in lemon water)
  • Berries (raspberries, blackberries)
  • Cherries (with stems for a decorative touch)

Feel free to mix and match fruits based on your favorite fruit, the time of year, and seasonal fruit.

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How to Make a Fruit Platter

You can follow these simple steps for the best fruit platter. 

  1. Place small bowls of dairy-free yogurt dip or this chocolate brownie dip on a big plate or tray.
  2. Wash and cut your favorite fruits like strawberries, grapes, and melons into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Arrange the fruit around the bowls of dips, making a colorful and appealing display.
  4. Add small fruits like blueberries or raspberries in between for extra flair and to plug any gaps or holes.
  5. Sprinkle a little lemon juice over the fruit to keep it fresh.
  6. Serve and enjoy your stunning and delicious fruit platter with delightful dips!


  • Use a variety of colors, textures, and flavors for a delicious fruit plate.
  • Fresh fruit is best; choose ripe and seasonal fruit for the best taste and texture.
  • Avoid adding bananas as they can turn brown and mushy quickly. If you do use bananas, rub lemon over them or sprinkle with lemon juice to avoid browning.
  • Wash and dry all fruit before serving.
  • Use vegetable or cookie cutters or melon ballers for fun shapes to make it look nice.

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Tips for Making a Beautiful Fruit Platter

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Tips for making fruit platter
  • Variety of Colors: Choose different types of fruit in a variety of colors to make the platter visually appealing. Include red strawberries, orange slices, yellow pineapple, green grapes, red grapes, blueberries, green apples, and red pomegranate seeds for a vibrant display.
  • Seasonal or Tropical Fruits: Use seasonal or tropical fruit for a great addition to your fruit tray. Seasonal fruits and less-common fruits are often more colorful and can add a special touch to the platter.
  • Different Shapes and Sizes: Cut the fruits into different shapes and sizes for variety. Try slicing some fruits, while others can be cut into wedges or cubes. This adds visual interest to the platter.
  • Balance and Symmetry: Arrange the fruits symmetrically on the platter for a balanced look. Start with larger fruits in the center and work your way out with smaller fruits around the edges.
  • Use Edible Garnishes: Add edible garnishes like mint leaves or edible flowers for an extra decorative touch. These not only look beautiful but also add a hint of flavor.
  • Dips and Sauces: Serve dips and sauces in small bowls placed strategically on the platter. Popular options include non-dairy yogurt, non-dairy cream cheese, chocolate sauce, or non-dairy whipped cream. Consider drizzling some sauces over the fruit for an artistic effect.
  • Elevate with Height: Use small bowls, a cake stand, or pedestals to elevate some fruits for a multi-level display. This creates visual interest and makes the platter more dynamic.
  • Decorative Arrangement: Arrange the fruits in a decorative pattern, such as concentric circles, diagonal lines, or a rainbow effect. Use a melon baller or cookie cutters to make create interesting shapes of ripe fruit.  Be creative and have fun with the arrangement!
  • Keep it Fresh: Sprinkle fruits with a little lemon juice to prevent browning and keep them looking fresh. Cover the platter with plastic wrap until ready to serve to maintain freshness.
  • Consider the Occasion: Tailor the fruit selection and arrangement to the occasion. For example, for a holiday party, you might tailor the design to resemble a Christmas tree, while tropical fruits like mango and kiwi could be a hit at a Summer potluck.

By following these tips, you can create a stunning and scrumptious fruit platter that will impress your guests and be the centerpiece of any gathering.


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Step 1
  • 1. Choose your platter.
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Step 2
  • 2. Place your anchor points like bowls of dips, large pieces of fruit, or any central item.
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Step 3
  • 3. Build out from anchor points and build layers.
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Step 4
  • 4. Continue to add items and fill in gaps.

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Can I make a fruit platter the night before?

Yes, you can prepare a fruit platter the night before, but there are some tips to keep in mind to ensure the fruits stay fresh:

  • Choose Fresh Fruits: Start with fresh and ripe fruits to ensure they will last overnight. Avoid fruits that easily brown, like apples and pears, or if using them, sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • Prevent Browning: Sprinkle fruits that are prone to browning, such as apples, bananas, and pears, with lemon juice. This helps preserve their color and freshness.
  • Cover Properly: Store in an airtight container or cover the fruit platter tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep air out and prevent the fruits from drying out or absorbing odors from the refrigerator.
  • Separate Juicy Fruits: If your platter includes juicy fruit like melon or citrus, consider placing a paper towel underneath to absorb excess moisture.
  • Add Delicate Fruits Later: If you’re using delicate fruits like peach slices, berries, or grapes, consider adding them to the platter closer to serving time. These fruits tend to get mushy when refrigerated for too long.
  • Keep Refrigerated: Store the covered fruit platter in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The cold temperature helps keep the fruits fresh.
  • Dress with Sauces Before Serving: If you plan to add sauces or dips, wait until just before serving to drizzle or place them on the platter. This prevents the fruits from becoming soggy.
  • Add Garnishes Fresh: If you’re using edible garnishes like mint leaves or edible flowers, add them right before serving to maintain their freshness and vibrant color.

By following these tips, you can prepare a fruit platter the night before and have it ready to impress your guests with minimal hassle on the day of the event. 

For more information regarding proper food storage go to https://www.foodsafety.gov/

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Best Fruit for a Fruit Tray

What is the best fruit for a fruit tray?

The best fruits for a fruit tray are those that are colorful, flavorful, and easy to eat. Here are some popular options:

  1. Strawberries: Sweet and juicy, strawberries are a favorite on fruit trays. They also add a pop of bright red color.
  2. Grapes: Green, red, or black grapes are versatile and easy to eat. They provide a nice balance of sweetness and tartness.
  3. Pineapple: Pineapple chunks or wedges add a tropical flavor and vibrant yellow color to the tray.
  4. Cantaloupe: Sweet and refreshing, cantaloupe (or other melons like honeydew) can be cut into bite-sized pieces or melon balls.
  5. Watermelon: Watermelon slices, melon balls, and cubes are hydrating and delicious, especially in the summertime.
  6. Kiwi: Kiwi adds a tangy flavor and a beautiful green color. Peel and slice it for easy eating.
  7. Blueberries: These tiny berries are packed with antioxidants and add a deep blue color to the tray.
  8. Raspberries: Delicate and flavorful, raspberries are a great addition for their vibrant red color and juicy texture.
  9. Mango: If in season, mango slices or cubes offer a tropical and sweet addition.
  10. Oranges: Mandarin orange segments or slices are easy to peel and provide a burst of citrus flavor.
  11. Peaches or Nectarines: When ripe and juicy, stone fruit is a delightful addition.

Including a variety of fruits ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

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How to Make a Fruit Platter

Master the art and learn how to make a fruit platter for any special occasion.  You can create a stunning fruit display with these great fruit platter ideas.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword how to make fruit platter, how to make fruit trays
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat


Fruits that need a Sprinkle of Lemon

  • banana slices
  • apple slices
  • pear slices

Berries and Grapes

  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • cherries
  • blackberries
  • grapes – red, green, or purple

Citrus Fruits

  • orange slices
  • tangerine
  • kumquats
  • mandarin
  • blood orange


  • cantaloupe
  • honeydew
  • watermelon

Dried Fruits

  • apricots
  • cherries
  • figs
  • dates

Stone Fruits

  • cherries
  • apricots
  • peaches
  • plums
  • nectarine

Tropical Fruits

  • pineapple
  • mango
  • papaya
  • guava
  • starfruit
  • kiwi


  • Get fruit platter.
  • Assemble anchor points like dips, jams, toothpicks, and small dishes of berries.
  • Wash and cut fruit.
  • Arrange fruit around the anchor points of dips, etc. Building out and up with items.
  • Add small fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and grapes in between for extra flair and to plug any gaps or holes.
  • Sprinkle a little lemon juice over the fruits that will brown like bananas, apples, and pears.
  • Serve and enjoy your stunning and delicious fruit platter with delightful dips!

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Free Printable Fruit Platter Template

Create a stunning fruit platter with this FREE TEMPLATE.

This printable fruit template provides a guide for creating an amazing fruit tray. It’s your secret weapon for hosting a memorable, nutritious, and visually stunning gathering.

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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