Fruit Tray Ideas

Simple fruit trays or platters are one of my favorite dishes to take along to big parties and potlucks. In this article, I will share tips and ideas for How to Make a Fruit Tray!

Fruit trays arrangement with grapes, strawberries, apples, bananas and dip for big parties and potlucks. 


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Simple Fruit Tray Ideas

Fruit is colorful and packed with a variety of nutrients and fiber making it a beautiful and healthy addition to any meal. A DIY tray makes a great appetizer or side dish for entertaining lots of guests.

I cannot count how many fruit trays I’ve made or helped make in the past few years.  My kids seem to eat like birds at parties when there is excitement to easily distract them.  So, taking a fruit tray or Vegetable Tray ensures they will get a few healthy bites of food.

Simple fruit tray ideas for entertaining at parties

Begin by purchasing fruit that is in season. I like to use apples and grapes all year around. Choose 4 to 6 fruits for a simple tray and more for larger groups of people.

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We like to stick with a basic arrangement of fruit when there are a lot of kids. Fruit can be shaped into a rainbow, Christmas tree, flag, cross for Easter or any shape that you can think of for variation.

Rectangle fruit tray for a potluck or holiday party

Another popular party option is chopping and mixing fruit ahead of time to make a Fruit Salad for a Crowd.

How to Serve Bananas on a Platter

Peel and slice the bananas into bite size pieces that are thick enough to enjoy with a fork or toothpick.

Then dip slices quickly in pineapple juice to prevent browning.

Apples can be prepared in this manner up to a day ahead of time, but bananas should only be sliced a few hours before serving.

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Tips for Making Fruit Trays

Here are tips that I use to make a great fruit tray!

  • Wash the grapes, take scissors and trim the stems to leave bunches with 3 to 5 grapes hooked on.  This method works best for adults.  If the party is primarily kids then we like to remove every grape from the stem.  The small clusters of grapes display much easier and can be prepared very quickly.
  • Wash apples.  Use an apple slicer, corer and divider to make apple preparation go quickly!
  • Dip apples and bananas in pineapple juice to prevent browning.  Pineapple juice will not have a negative effect on the flavor of the fruit.
  • Store bananas for up to a few hours in pineapple juice before serving.
  • Wash strawberries in their original container.  Drain and dry excess water off the bottom to make storage and transport easier.
  • Put fruit dip in the serving container and cover with plastic wrap to save set-up time.
  • If leaving the dip out for more than two hours serve in a glass bowl on ice to help keep cold.
ideas for storing and transporting ingredients for a fruit tray

Best Fruit to Use on a Platter

  • Apples
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Melon, if in season
  • Kiwi
  • Bananas

How to Make A Fruit Tray

Have all fruit washed, dried and within arms reach on the counter or table.

If the tray is small make one pile or cluster of each fruit.

For a larger tray ideal for a party use two groupings of each fruit that are opposite from each other. This makes it easier for people to eat from each side of the tray and creates visual interest.

Begin by placing the largest sized pieces of fruit in opposite corners. Add other large or medium sized pieces of fruit in piles.

Step by step instructions on how to add fruit to a tray

In this arrangement the apples are the largest pieces of fruit. I grouped yellow, golden delicious apples across from red, fuji apples.

Peeled mandarin oranges are piled in the center of the tray in between the piles of apples.

Easy and colorful fruit tray

Try to avoid putting fruit that is the same color next to each other. Spread it out whenever possible.

Save fruit that is especially bright in color or more expensive to accent the top of the tray.

Kiwi fanned out on top of fruit tray for decoration

I like to accent fruit platters with kiwi, small berries like raspberries, blackberries or blueberries.

Adding another small layer in spots adds more dimension, height and potentially color.

Easy Fruit Dip Recipes:

Cheesecake Dip for Fruit is rich and delicious. Mix cream cheese with marshmallow creme, a hint of orange, and ginger for a wonderful treat!

Cinnamon Fruit Dip mixes cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and cinnamon for a dip that goes well with most types of fruit.

Lemon Fruit Dip tastes great with fruit, vanilla wafers or animal crackers.

This peanut butter and yogurt dip is another easy fruit dip option that our son enjoys. 

Close up view of simple homemade fruit platter

More Easy Recipes for a Party

Potatoes For a Crowd is a simple and delicious way to share cheesy potatoes with big groups.

Deli Meat and Cheese Tray can be prepared a few days ahead of time to create simple and delicious finger food or make sandwiches.

Spicy Pretzels add a little zing and ranch flavor to a basic bag of pretzels to make a fun snack.

Stove Top Little Smokies are delicious little sausages sweetened with an easy cranberry and jam sauce.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad is easy to make a double or triple batch with all of the bacon and cheese goodness people crave at a party.

Printable Easy Fruit Tray Recipe

how to make a fruit tray and easy fruit dip

Easy Fruit Tray

Servings 30 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Fruit trays are one of my favorite things to take along to big parties and potlucks.  People of all ages enjoy some type of fruit and this fruit dip is so easy.  In this article, I will share tips and ideas for How to Make a Fruit Tray!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 gala apples
  • 2 golden delicious apples
  • 1 pound red seedless grapes
  • 1 pound green seedless grapes
  • 4 mandarin oranges peeled and divdied
  • 1 pint strawberries stems removed
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pineapple chopped
  • 2 kiwi peeled and sliced
  • 2 bananas optional

Instructions
 

  • Wash the grapes, take scissors and trim the stems to leave bunches with 3 to 5 grapes hooked on.
  • Wash apples.  Use an apple slicer, corer and divider to make apple preparation go quickly! Dip in pineapple juice if more than one hour from serving.
  • Wash strawberries and remove stems, may be served whole or quartered.
  • Chop pineapple and slice kiwi.
  • Wash any remaining fruit.
  • Begin arranging tray by placing largest pieces of fruit first.
  • Then place medium sized pieces of fruit followed by smaller pieces.
  • A couple rare or more expensive pieces may be placed on top for a decorative accent.
  • Serve immediately or store covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator or a cool place.

Notes

  • Dip apples and bananas in pineapple juice to prevent browning.  Pineapple juice will not have a negative effect on the flavor of the fruit.
  • Store bananas for up to a few hours in pineapple juice before serving.
  • Wash strawberries in their original container.  Drain and dry excess water off the bottom to make storage and transport easier.
  • Put fruit dip in the serving container and cover with plastic wrap to save set-up time.
  • If leaving the dip out for more than two hours serve in a glass bowl on ice to help keep cold.

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 47mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 305IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally published 12/18/18, photos updated on 12/10/21.

7 Comments

  1. Thanks for the info on fruit trays & dip.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for all the info on making fruit trays.

  3. Robert H. says:

    5 stars
    Great presentation pictures and very helpful tips. Thank you for your efforts.

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for creating such an informative fruit tray tutorial! I also appreciate the extra tip about using pineapple juice to preserve the apple and banana slices. I had only known to use lemon juice but always felt it was too tart… I will definitely switch! 🙂

  5. I don’t see the dip recipe.

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