A fruit platter is an excellent way to make a beautiful dish that’s perfect for summer parties or an afternoon snack at home. It’s easy to customize based on the season and the in-season fruit near you.  

arranged fruit platter on a wooden tray.
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What is a Fruit Platter?

Make imaginative designs with your favorite fruit with these small fruit platter ideas. This recipe is simple and easy to change based on your favorite or seasonal fruit such as in our Christmas fruit salad and different variety of dips.

You can even add other foods to make a meat cheese and fruit platter, similar to a cheese platter. Add specialty cheeses, salami, prosciutto, or nuts to make this appetizer recipe into a hearty snack platter.  Or pair it with delicious vareniki with cherries for a light and satisfying meal.

How to Make the Best Presentation 

The best part of a fresh fruit platter, besides the in-season fruit, is the presentation! 

This is easy to do with a bit of forethought and imagination. Make it visually appealing by mixing fruits of different sizes, shapes, and colors with dips and garnishes. 

Some beautiful additions are edible flowers like marigolds or pansies, herbs like mint, rosemary, or basil, or eye-catching pomegranate seeds. 

cut up fresh fruit on a plates.


Here are some excellent fruits to add to your next easy fruit tray. Change these out for what’s in season and fresh near you. This will change based on the time of year and what you have available in your local grocery store.  

  • Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Peaches
  • Watermelon
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Fresh cherries
  • Grapes 

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Other Fruits to Add 

The beauty of a fruit platter is that there’s no end to the tasty fruit you can include. Here are some more fruit tray ideas if you can find them in-season at your local grocery store. 

  • Mandarin oranges 
  • Pineapples
  • Melons
  • Bananas
  • Fresh or dried figs
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Nectarines
  • Persimmons
  • Kumquats
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew

How to Make Fruit Platter

It’s incredibly easy to put together a beautiful fruit platter to serve at your next party or for a simple lunch or afternoon snack. 

Wash all the fruit well and lightly pat dry with a dish towel. Cut your peaches into wedges, and slice the watermelon and kiwi. Make sure to remove the skin from the kiwi first. Dice the mango and separate the grapes into small clusters.

Arrange all the cut-up fruit on a large serving platter, mixing different shapes, sizes, and colors with a bowl of fruit dip nestled in with the fruit. 

Dip Options 

Dips are the perfect addition to any platter with fruit. Of course, you can eat juicy fruit alone, but why not elevate the dish with creamy dipping sauces?!  

Place a small bowl of strawberry or vanilla yogurt, cream cheese fruit dip, honey, or whipped and flavored cream cheese spread on the table with the varieties of fruit.  

cut up arranged fruit with a creamy dip.

What to Serve With a Fruit Platter

Serve some small finger foods with this dish to make a well-rounded snack table! 

Or you can’t go wrong with serving a fruit platter at your next summer get-together. Here are a few summer favorites to complete the meal:

How to Store 

Store any leftover fruit in an airtight container covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. 

Fruit is one of the best foods to eat over a few days when stored in the fridge. You can easily pull out the container, add some fruit into a bowl, and eat it with yogurt or a crunchy granola recipe for breakfast. 

If the fruit is too soft for your liking or on the verge of going bad, you can use it to make homemade strawberry yogurt popsicles, make a plum torte, or freeze it for later to use in a power smoothie.

cut up fruit on a wooden platter.

Recipe FAQs

What is the best fruit for a fruit platter? 

Some of the best fruits to put on a serving platter are grapes, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, and cherries. 

How early can you prepare a fruit platter? 

You can make this platter up to one day before you need it. This is a great way to prepare for a party or get-together. 

What fruit should I avoid on a fruit platter? 

A few types of fruit don’t do well on a fruit platter because when exposed to air, they turn brown or black. Fruits to avoid are pears, apples, or bananas.

Is it cheaper to buy a fruit tray or make your own?

In most cases, it is cheaper to make your own fruit tray than to buy a pre-made one from the store. It’s also fresher tasting and you can customize it with your favorite fruit.

Do you cut strawberries for a fruit tray?

If the strawberries are large, remove the stem with a pairing knife and cut the strawberries in half lengthwise. Generally, all of the fruit on the platter should be cut so that pieces are ready to eat.

If you try our Fruit Platter recipe, please leave a star rating and let us know how you like the recipe in the comments below.

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fruit platter recipe

Fresh Fruit Platter

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American


A fruit platter is an excellent way to make a beautiful dish that’s perfect for summer parties or an afternoon snack at home. It’s easy to customize based on the season and the in-season fruit near you.  


Units Scale
  • 4 cups berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • 1/2 small watermelon, sliced or cubed
  • 4 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 2 mangos, diced
  • 1 cup fresh cherries
  • 1 bunch grapes

To Serve

Tools, optional


  1. Arrange fruit on a large platter, mixing different shapes, sizes, and colors. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 


  • Make Ahead: This fruit platter can be assembled up to one day ahead. Before assembling, make sure to thoroughly dry the fruit after washing to avoid spoiling.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 223
  • Sugar: 45.6 g
  • Sodium: 5.6 mg
  • Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.2 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg