This rainbow fruit platter is fun, cheery, and so simple to make. It’s perfect for potlucks, parties, and your next St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Fruit Tray
I always like to offer healthy options on my dessert tables like rainbow fruit kabobs and regular fruit platters. This colorful version is a great choice! It’s so beautiful and vibrant to look at plus it adds a bit of whimsy with the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Both kids and adults will love this platter!
It really is so simple to make and easy to customize based on the fruits you like. I’ve also added marshmallows to represent the clouds and gold wrapped chocolates to represent the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. How cute is that?
You can get the kids involved in helping to create the rainbow on the platter. They’ll have fun seeing it come together, plus they’ll probably enjoy snacking on the fruit too!
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Raspberries or strawberries
- Oranges or cantaloupe
- Mini marshmallows
- Gold chocolate coins or gold wrapped Rolos
Which Platter to Choose
A round or rectangular platter would work well. You can increase or decrease the amount of fruit you use depending on the size of your platter.
I like using a white platter to let the colors of the fruit really pop! A sky blue tray would also really add to the rainbow theme.
I’ve given suggestions for the fruit to use in your rainbow fruit tray, but you can get creative and use the fruits that call to you! It will also depend on the time of year you’re making your platter and what’s in season. Here are some suggestions based on color:
- Red – cherries, watermelon, pomegranate
- Orange – peaches, nectarines, mandarins
- Yellow – mango, bananas (cut just before serving)
- Green – green grapes, honeydew melon
- Blue – plums, Concord grapes
- Purple – blackberries, red grapes
How to Assemble a Rainbow Fruit Platter
In just a couple of quick steps you’ll have an impressive dish to wow your family and friends! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making all kinds of party platters!
- Wash and prep the fruit. Wash your fruit and dry it the best you can. Slice the fruit as needed.
- Fill your bowls. Put the mini marshmallows in one small bowl and the gold wrapped chocolates into another small bowl. Put your bowls at the bottom of the platter. These are the ends of your rainbow.
- Build the rainbow. Start building the top curve of your rainbow with the raspberries. Then follow the curve with your next color of fruit and so on until you’ve used all of your fruit.
How Do You Stop Fruit From Browning?
If you’re prepping ahead and want to keep the fruit fresh in the fridge, you can squeeze a bit of lemon or lime juice over the top of the fruit before you wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it from browning.
If you’re using bananas or apples, which tend to brown easily, I would only slice them right before serving the platter for maximum freshness.
How Do You Store a Fruit Platter?
I make up my fruit trays just before I’m going to serve them, but if you’re short on time and want to get ahead with preparation, there are a couple of things you can do.
- Wash and prep any fruit that does not turn brown (grapes, berries, oranges, melons, etc). These can all be prepped ahead of time and stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator before serving. I would do this up to 12 hours in advance.
- If you want to create your platter in advance, use only fruit that won’t brown and wrap the entire tray tightly with plastic wrap and store in the fridge before serving.
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Rainbow Fruit Platter
- 6 ounces raspberries , or strawberries
- 3 mandarin oranges , or cantaloupe
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1-2 kiwis , sliced
- 1 cup grapes , or apples
- ½ pint blueberries , or blackberries
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- gold chocolate coin , or rolos
- Wash and prep fruit. Slice fruit if needed.
- Place the marshmallows and gold candy in small bowls. Then place on a plate or board. Next build your rainbow by starting with your raspberry curve. Then repeat with each row of fruit underneath.
- Once you've reached the base, fill it in with blueberries.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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