A Rainbow Fruit Tray is a cute and cheery way to customize the fruit tray for your next party. You are sure to get plenty of compliments when your guests see your colorful fruit shaped into a rainbow with those puffy marshmallow clouds. Just make sure it’s not too pretty to eat!
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Key to Success #1 – Pick the Perfect Platter
For this pretty Rainbow Fruit Platter, you’ll want to first consider the platter or plate that you’ll be using to display your rainbow. You can either use a round platter or a rectangular one. The size of your platter will depend on how big you want your Fruit Rainbow to be. I used a 12-inch round crystal platter.
You could use a white platter or you might consider using a blue platter to represent the blue sky behind your pretty rainbow. A rectangular platter would make it easier to really play up your marshmallow clouds at both ends of the rainbow but a round platter makes it easier to form the rainbow using the edges of the plate.
Key to Success #2 – Cut the Fruit Carefully
You want to cut your fruit with the colors of the rainbow in mind. I use a sharp paring knife to slice my fruit.
For the strawberries, you want to make sure that every piece has some bright red skin on it. I remove the green stem then cut each strawberry in half. For larger strawberries, I cut each half into two or three pieces. Then I arrange the strawberries on the platter so that the red skin is facing up on every single strawberry. You can overlap the strawberries a bit so that you’ll have plenty of room for the other colors.
For the oranges, I peel the oranges and cut off the white pith then divide the orange into segments. Make sure you cut off all the white so that only the orange remains. Cut each orange segment into two or three pieces, depending on size. You can also substitute mandarin oranges or you can cut up some Cutie oranges.
For the pineapple, I use fresh pineapple chunks from the produce section of the grocery store then I cut each pineapple chunk into smaller tidbits. I peel the kiwis then slice them into half-moons. I generally don’t cut the blueberries or the grapes. If you are serving this Fruit Rainbow to young kids, you might want to consider cutting the grapes in half to make sure they are not a choking hazard. Just be sure to place them on the platter with the pretty skin side up.
Key to Success #3 – Don’t Forget the Clouds
The marshmallow clouds are technically optional but they are just so cute that you’re not going to want to skip them. Just pile about a half-cup or more of miniature marshmallows on each end of the rainbow for the perfect finishing touch for this easy Rainbow Fruit Tray.
This easy Fruit Rainbow can be customized in many different ways. You can make it as big or as small as you need. It’s perfect for a birthday party, kid’s parties or St. Patrick’s Day. We made it for my niece’s 2nd birthday party and it was perfect!
Save this Rainbow Fruit Tray to your Appetizers board or your Party Ideas board.
- 1 pound strawberries, fresh
- 2 oranges
- pineapple chunks
- 3 kiwi
- red/purple grapes
- 1 cup miniature marshmallows
- Slice strawberries in half. Larger strawberries may need to be cut into quarters. Peel oranges and cut into bite-sized chunks. Cut pineapple chunks into bite-sized pieces. Peel kiwis and slice into half-moons.
- Arrange fruit on a large platter in the shape of a rainbow in the following order:
- 1) Strawberries laying with skin (red side) up
- 2) Oranges
- 3) Pineapples
- 4) Kiwis
- 5) Blueberries
- 6) Grapes
- Pile marshmallows at each end of the rainbow.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g