Fruit Platter tray ideas to get your party started! This easy, seasonal fruit platter board uses a variety of fresh produce and is perfect for entertaining!
Recipes like our Grazing Platter and Cheese Board are easy crowd pleasing food to nibble away at.
Use in season fruits to keep the cost of the platter economical and the ingredients easy to source!
How do you make a good Fruit Platter?
To make a good fruit platter, start with a variety of fresh in season fruits of differing colours and sizes!
Most fruit shops will have specials to show which fruits are in abundance at the time of year
The platter can be balanced by having both big and small pieces of fruit with something on it to appeal to all ages!
You will need a good sized platter to begin with, timber or ceramic which is either round or rectangular in shape.
Choose a board that will help to display the fruits as the star of the show.
Fruit Platter ingredients
The ingredients you need for this recipe are all easy to find at the local store. They are set out in the photo below:
As you can see we need:
- green grapes
- red grapes
Strawberries and blueberries are perfect to feature on a fruit platter as they are universally loved and take minimal prep work.
How to make a Fruit Platter
Here is the step by step method to follow to build your fruit platter as shown in the photos below.
Making shapes from some of the fruits is a fun idea and will enable kids to help with the prep work!
Step by Step Fruit Platter Tray
- prep the kiwifruit by cutting it in half or into a star shape (photo 1)
- cut the passion fruit in halves(photo 2)
- slice the strawberries in halves(photo 3)
- cut the watermelon into various sizes pieces (photo 4)
Next we need to:
- optional - use cookie cutters to create fun fruit shapes (shown in photo 5)
- get your platter board ready and start building (shown in photo 6)
- use the biggest fruits to start with (shown in photo 7)
- spread out fruits to have variety in each corner (shown in photo 8)
One of the most enjoyable things about making your own fruit tray at home is that you can choose your favourite fruits and make it pop with as much colour as you like!
- keep building and fill in the gaps as you go so the entire board is covered (shown in photo 9)
- use the smallest fruit (in this case the blueberries) as the final touch (shown in photo 10)
The board will be complete when all of your fruits have been layered and presented in a way to contrast with the other fruits.
Creating your own fruit platter is really easy! Have a little fun with it!
Prepare a small bowl of yoghurt as the combination of fruit and yoghurt is loved by all and creates a difference texture and lovely taste for the fruit.
What fruits are best for a fruit tray?
My recommendation is using in season fruits of a variety of colours.
Berries work perfectly as they are often available year round and have a delicious sweet juicy taste!
Kiwifruit and passion fruit are great fruit choices also as they are more tart that the berries so give diversity to the platter.
Watermelon is perfect as it is often very economical!
Ideas for a homemade fruit tray
Here are some more ideas for you to try:
- honeydew melon
- a handful of nuts
If you want to be adventurous, you can even serve your fruit tray with a homemade almond butter for a smooth and delicious balanced meal.
It is a great idea to think about the textures of the fruit and try and provide contrasting tastes and textures to be enjoyed by everyone!
If you love this recipe, you might like to try these similarly themed recipes:
- Simple Avocado Toast
- Smashed Avocado recipe
- Salmon Avocado Toast
- Slow Cooker Granola
- Mixed Berry Smoothie
Be organised and make this platter a day ahead, so you can whip it out when the guests arrive!
Fruit Platter quick info:
About the recipe:
- we use only 7 ingredients for this recipe
- there is no cooking involved in this recipe
- you can substitute in season fruits for those shown here
- add yoghurt for dipping and dolloping
FAQs about making a Fruit Tray
- more variety = best
- the platter board needs to be big enough to hold a fair amount of fruit
- this is a VEGETARIAN recipe
- also a family friendly recipe
- this is an EASY recipe
Fruit Platter Presentation Ideas Pro tips:
These additional tips are so that you can master Fruit on a platter board from scratch:
- prep your fruit one by one before plating anything
- start plating with the biggest fruit pieces 1st
- spread the fruit out so the colours are varied throughout
- make the platter a day ahead to be organised!
- use cookie cutters to create fun shapes from the fruit
- if watermelon is especially juicy keep it separate until serving
Can I add cheese to my fruit platter?
Yes If you want to build your fruit platter using a combination of fruit and cheese, go right ahead!
You will need enjoy fruits to cover the board, however, if using cheese also, slightly less fruit can be used.
Cover the fruit tray with cling wrap if making the night before.
How to present fruit on a platter
Make your fruit tray your own by styling it as you like using your favourite fruits.
It helps to start with the bigger fruits, like kiwi fruit and passion fruit as they take up more room, then the strawberries and blueberries tend to easily fill the gaps.
- Large Platter
- ¼ watermelon
- 4 kiwifruit
- 4 passion fruit
- 2 punnets strawberries
- 1 punnet blueberries
- yogurt to serve
- 1 bunch green grapes
- ½ bunch red grapes
- Use a knife to cut the kiwifruit Note 1
- Use a knife to cut the passion fruit in halves
- Slice the strawberries in halves
- Cut the watermelon from top to rind, then cute across and into individual pieces
- Use cookie cutters to cute the fruit into fun shapes Note 2
- Start building your board with the big fruit pieces. Eg the bunches of grapes, the kiwi fruit and the passion fruit.
- Follow these with the watermelon pieces.
- Next use the strawberries to fill in any gaps on the plate
- Use the blueberries at the end to sprinkle around the platter as the final touch
- Fill a small bowl with yogurt for serving.
- Note 1 To make kiwifruit stars, use a knife and make 45 degree cuts all the way through one rotation of the fruit, then reverse and do the other angle. Simply pull apart.
- Note 2 This is a fun idea, however, it can waste a little bit of fruit. So do as you please if you want to make shapes or not.
Simple Fruit Platter ideas
This recipe is for you as a bright and colourful fruit tray to provide for your guests when they ding the bell.
There is not a lot of chippy, dippy, snacks going on here, so consider using ideas from the Grazing Platter Board if you want a little sweet and savory.
Spend some time at the fruit shop seeing what your options are and keep colour and texture in mind.
Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below.