Whether you're hosting a party or attending a potluck, a fruit tray makes both a visual and appetizing statement. Fruit trays can be used as either an appetizer before the main course or as a healthy dessert choice afterward. Making your own delicious fruit tray is easier than you think (and is often cheaper than buying a fruit platter from a local grocer).
Things You'll Need
- 15" Tray
- 8 oz bowl
- Cutting board
- 2 cantaloupes
- 2 honeydew melons
- 1 seedless watermelon
- 2 pints strawberries
- 2 pounds red grapes
- 1 bunch romaine lettuce
- Whip cream
- Peeler (optional)
Prepare your tray by placing whole leaves of the romaine lettuce (in a circular motion) from the center out. Leave an area in the center of the tray for the small bowl. The ruffled edges of the lettuce should appear along the edges of your tray. The lettuce is for decoration only and prevents the cut fruit from sliding.
Rinse your fruit in cold water. Remove any produce labels.
Peel the skin of the cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew with a knife or peeler. Do not peel the strawberries or grapes.
Cut the fruit. Slice the cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew into 1"x1" squares (bite-size). Slice the leaf-tops from the strawberries, then slice the strawberries in half (vertically). Leave the grapes whole.
Place the fruit on the tray, beginning with the outer edge and working your way toward to center of the tray. First, place the cubes of cantaloupe along the outer edge of the tray. Place the watermelon cubes as the next ring. Place the honeydew cubes as your next ring. Next, gently lean the top halves of your strawberries against the honeydew cubes. Set your grapes in the leftover space between the bottom tips of the strawberries and the center bowl.
Fill the small bowl in the center of the tray with whip cream. This makes for a tasteful dip.
Serve with toothpicks beside the tray. Toothpicks make it easier and more sanitary for your guests to pick up and dip the fruit pieces.
Tips & Warnings
- As a low-fat alternative, you can substitute light or fat-free whip cream as your dip.