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Go for the Rainbow! These Fruit Plates Are Cute and Healthy

They're also easy to make (kids can help!).

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Photography by: Steven Karl Metzer

Here are three cute and kid-friendly fruit plates sure to make everyone smile at your next brunch, birthday party, or school event, They're gorgeous, delicious, and healthy too!

 

fruit platter rainbow
Photography by: Steven Karl Metzer

Rainbow

To create a rainbow fruit plate you will need: strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries, blackberries, and mini marshmallows. How much of each fruit you need depends on how large a rainbow you want to make.

 

Use a large white plate or platter or cover a board with parchment paper to build the rainbow platter on and serve it from.

 

Start with a layer of whole strawberries to create the outer, red arch of the rainbow. I used 16 strawberries; adjust the quantity, using more or less, depending on the size of rainbow you want to make. Next add an arc of cantaloupe to create the orange layer. Making melon balls from the cantaloupe gives the second layer nice shape and texture. If you don’t have a melon baller you can cut slices of cantaloupe into small squares. Next add a layer of fresh pineapple chunks, followed by a layer of green grapes, blueberries, and finally blackberries. Finish the rainbow by adding marshmallow clouds under each side.

 

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fruit platter lion
Photography by: Steven Karl Metzer

Lion

To create a lion fruit plate you will need: pineapple, cantaloupe, mandarin oranges, strawberries, and blueberries. 

 

Use a large white plate or platter or cover a board with parchment paper to build the lion platter on and serve it from.

 

Start by creating the lion’s face: Use slices of pineapple for the cheeks, forehead, and chin (place the pineapple core back into the center of the slices to fill the hole). Cut a pineapple slice into quarters and use one quarter each for the forehead and the chin. Finish the face by using a strawberry for the nose and orange slices and blueberries for the eyes. Thin slices of cantaloupe rind can be used to make whiskers.

 

For the lion’s mane: place strips of cantaloupe radiating out from the face. I used about 24; the quantity needed will vary based on the shape and size of cantaloupe strips you cut. Place 3 to 4 mandarin segments in a row lengthwise in between each of the cantaloupe strips to fill out the lion’s mane.

 

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fruit platter peacock
Photography by: Steven Karl Metzer

Peacock

To create a peacock fruit plate you will need: pear, blueberries, mandarin oranges, green grapes, pineapple, watermelon, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds.

 

Use a large white plate or platter or cover a board with parchment paper to build the peacock platter on and serve it from.

 

Start by creating the body: Slice a pear in half lengthwise. Place the flat side down on the platter. Place blueberries around the pear half as the first layer of peacock feathers, repear with one or two more rows of blueberries. Add a layer of mandarin orange segments, followed by a layer of green grapes, a row of small pieces of pineapple, and then add a row of watermelon cut into small triangular wedges. Place blackberries in between each of the watermelon pieces. Cut long, thin strips of orange peel for the legs and cut a smaller, tapering piece of orange peel for the beak. Add pomegranate seeds for eyes.

 

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