Follow all our tips to learn how to make the best fruit platter. A big wooden board filled with your favourite fresh fruits and a creamy dip to dunk them all in. Lots of fruit platter ideas that are perfect for parties or breakfast for a crowd and ready in under 10 minutes.
If we are having friends round for brunch, or the kids have a few friends round and we want a really colourful snack/dessert, then fruit platters are always our go-to. Easy to adapt with whatever fruit you have or what is in season and there is something for everyone. We also think they make a great addition to a party food table too.
Just throwing some fruit on a board sounds easy enough, but follow all our tips and tricks for making it look presentable, how to keep a fruit platter as fresh as possible and what to serve it with.
Why you will love it
- Quick and easy - This takes less than 10 minutes to throw together. Just chop, slice and throw it on a board.
- Adaptable - Literally anything goes when it comes to a fruit platter. Adapt it with whatever you have, or what is in season.
- A great way to introduce new fruit - If your kids are a little bit funny with new fruits, this is a great way to introduce new ones alongside all their favourites. Maybe make a smaller version so that it is not overwhelming for them.
- Crowd pleaser - A big fruit tray always goes down well at a party, and it's a nice way to balance out the more indulgent party favourites.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Melon - We used a mixture of gala, cantelope and watermelon for a good mixture of colour. There are nice and firm, so they make a good base for fruit platter.
- Berries - Berries always go down well with our kids, so they are a must on a fruit platter. We used raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. But blackberries or cherries would work too and you could add cranberries for a festive twist.
- Tropical fruit - Pineapple, Mango, Passionfruit and Kiwi add a tropical twist to this. You could add dragonfruit which would look amazing, as would persimmon or figs.
- Grapes - These are a good way to bulk out a fruit platter, as they are usually quite cheap and if you focused on tropical fruit and berries this could be quite expensive to make. Make sure the grapes are seedless.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make a fruit platter - Step by step
One: Place any dip you are using in the centre of the board.
Two: Build your fruit platter around it.
What to serve with a fruit platter
We think this makes the perfect addition to any party food table, and it's a nice way to balance out all the other pastry based additions. We also like serving it up alongside a big brunch with Homemade Bagels, Scrambled Eggs and smoked salmon.
But for this fruit platter idea, we added a big bowl of Cream Cheese Fruit Dip. A light and creamy dip made with cream cheese, yogurt, vanilla and icing sugar. So easy, but just takes your fruit board to the next level. You could also add our Chocolate Sauce as a dip.
Looking for some drinks to serve with this? Check out our selection of 25 Christmas Drinks.
Citrus - Some slices of orange, lemon and lime would be a nice addition and not only do they add lots of colour, but they are hydrating too. Some of them could be used to add to cocktails too if you are serving this at a party.
Apples and Pears - These add a nice crunch and they are also for dipping in the fruit dip we have served ours with. They will start browning once cut though, so they aren't the best addition if you are leaving this out at a party. You cut them up just before serving and toss them in a little lemon juice to slow down the browning.
Dried fruit - This is a good addition if you are making a fruit platter during the winter months when there isn't as many options for ripe fresh fruit. Dates are nice because they are big, but you could also scatter some dried cranberries, raisins, apricots and mango. Put the smaller ones in little dishes so they don't get lost though and make sure that the dates are pitted.
Canned fruit - If you don't have much choice for fresh and ripe fruit, then you could add in some canned fruit like peaches and pears. But this isn't very easy to pick up, so not really suitable for serving at a party.
Herbs - This is more for presentation, but we like adding a few sprigs of rosemary or thyme to the platter. Especially if we are serving it up during the colder months. If making this in summer, then fresh mint goes well.
Edible flowers - Not just for presentation, as they are edible, but these will make your platter really pretty and will really wow your guests.
Nuts - For some added crunchy texture, why not add some nuts? They may get lost amongst the fruit though, so put them in little pots. We like cashews, walnuts and pecans.
Store: A fruit platter is best made on the day you are going to serve it. You can make it in advance though, and cover it in cling film and keep it in the fridge.
Make in advance: If you do need to make this in advance, then you can wash and cut all the fruit and keep them in separate air tight containers in the fridge for 3 days and then assemble it when you need to.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to serve a fruit platter is it piled high, as it looks beautiful that way. If you have a lot left over, then divide it in between bags and freeze for smoothies. Why not try our Make Ahead Smoothie Bags?
This depends on how many people you are serving and what else you are serving it with, as you don't want a lot of waste. We would recommend 150g of fruit per person.
We have a huge selection of wooden boards, as we entertain a lot. So if you do too, just pick the size that is suitable for the amount of people you are serving. Why not look at this selection of Wooden Boards.
• Make sure that you use a really good mixture of colours, texture and flavours to make a fruit plate. You want to aim for a rainbow of colour.
• Fresh fruit is always the best to use here. Using ripe and seasonal fruit will ensure that it has the best flavour and texture.
• One fruit we wouldn't recommend adding is banana, as it will go very brown and mushy quickly.
• Make sure to wash and pat down all your fruit before serving.
• You could use vegetable/cookie cutters to cut out pretty shapes to make it look more presentable too.
• Make sure to serve a little empty bowl along side it, for your guests to add stalks, peel, stones etc.
More fruit recipes
- 100 g (0.75 cups) Raspberries
- 230 g (1.66 cups) Strawberries
- 150 g (1 cups) Blueberries
- 275 g (1.66 cups) Mango - chunks
- 400 g (2.66 cups) Grapes
- 600 g (2.5 cups) Melon
- 250 g (1.5 cups) Pineapple
- 2 Kiwi fruit - sliced
- 2 Passion fruit - halved
- Place any dip you are using in the centre of the board.
- Build your fruit platter around it.
- Make sure that you use a really good mixture of colours, texture and flavours to make a fruit plate. You want to aim for a rainbow of colour.
- Fresh fruit is always the best to use here. Using ripe and seasonal fruit will ensure that it has the best flavour and texture.
- One fruit we wouldn't recommend adding is banana, as it will go very brown and mushy quickly.
- Make sure to wash and pat down all your fruit before serving.
- You could use vegetable/cookie cutters to cut out pretty shapes to make it look more presentable too.
- Make sure to serve a little empty bowl along side it, for your guests to add stalks, peel, stones etc.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.