How to Arrange a Fruit Platter

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Create a Beautiful Fruit Platter for Your Next Brunch!

Valentines is just around the corner, and what says I heart you like a beautifully arranged fruit platter? Perfect for Galentines brunch with the girls and made with fresh fruit and a creamy ricotta yogurt fruit dip made easy with the following step by step guide on how you can make a fruit platter like this at home!

Fruit Platter

I’ve finally gotten around to a step by step on how to create platters and I have no idea why it took my so long (face palm). I’m so happy to be sharing this beautiful, easy to put together fruit platter as my first!

Just in time for your Valentines Day events. Whether you’re doing Galentines with the girl gang or brunching with friends, this platter is perfect for the occasion.

I will be basking in the sun in Palm Springs while I attend a photography conference. Not even mad about it because it’s currently sitting at about -30C in Calgary. I will be missing my Mr and my little guy who I made his first ever batch of Valentines Day cards for today while sobbing over my computer that it’s already happened. Ok ok, I’m fine, no broken hearts for Valentines right?! 

Fruit Platter

How to Assemble Your Fruit Platter

Here’s what equipment you will need!

Let’s get assembling your fruit platter!

  • Make sure your fruit is washed and prepped to be chopped!
  • Make your dip first and transfer it to a bowl and refrigerate until you’re ready to plate it
  • Cut all of your fruit as per instructed, I like to start with the bigger fruit first and work my way down making sure everything is ready to be arranged
  • Remove your dip from the fridge and place on the platter
  • Start with placing some of the larger fruit, pineapples, melons, oranges, etc
  • Then start adding the medium sized fruit, kiwis, watermelon pieces
  • Don’t be afraid to overlap or pile!
  • Sprinkle your berries throughout, even on top of other arrangements
  • Add your winning visual piece to this board, your skewers!
  • Then fill in with extra berries or additional fruit 
  • If you have leftovers, pop them in the fridge and fill in spots as they’re eaten
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Fruit Platter

Tips and Tricks

  • Use fresh, ripe fruit! It is the star of the show here right and you want the best taste you can get. Under ripe and over ripe fruit is less than impressive and won’t show well on a fruit platter either.
  • Can’t find everything? That’s ok, being in Canada I’m used to buying produce out of season but if you’re not finding what’s listed here, substitute it for something else, there’s no right or wrong if it’s fresh!
  • Try making your board the last thing on your to do list for your brunch or get together, that way it will be nice and fresh when your guests arrive. I know my board definitely does not fit in my fridge!
  • Layering, this is the tough one for people I find. How to arrange the fruit platter so it’s visually appealing but not over crowded. Just try creating balance. I like to work in groups of twos or threes across from one another. So if you’re on either side of the board, you should see able to get a bit of everything.
  • You want things pretty, but you also want them edible. Putting half a melon on the platter is hard to work around but halved kiwis are fun and easy to eat with small spoons provided. 
  • Adding skewers is completely optional but I find it makes for a great way for guests to grab a couple smaller items in just one shot!
  • If your board requires utensils to serve and enjoy, make sure they’re handy! I have small spoons, forks and a big serving spoon for the dip along side this fruit platter
  • What a fun and fresh way to show your guests how much they mean to you buy serving them a beautiful fruit platter made from the heart. There’s no right or wrong way to do, just have fun with it!
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Leftover Fruit?

Here’s one of the best parts about making a fruit platter…

Even if your guests don’t get around to nibbling all of that yummy fruit, there’s no need to waste it!

I place mine in freezer bags with some banana to add to smoothies throughout the week.

That goes for the strawberries too if you’re using a little cookie cutter like me, I take the leftovers and add them to the smoothie packs as well! Tropical smoothies are now in the forecast for your week and you can continue on with that fresh fruit kick!

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How to Arrange a Fruit Platter

A step by step guide on how to arrange a fruit platter to impress your brunch guests! Made with beautiful fresh fruit, and a creamy delicious ricotta yogurt dip.

  • Author: Tanya Bates
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Pineapple Cut into Quarters
  • 1 Small Cantaloupe (Musk Melon) Cut in Half
  • 1/2 Small Watermelon Cut in Half
  • 2 Blood Oranges Cut in Half or Wedges
  • 3 Kiwis Cut in Half
  • 1 Pint of Strawberries, tops removed and cut in half
  • 1 Pint of Raspberries
  • 1 Pint of Blueberries
  • 6-8 Small Skewers

Ricotta Yogurt Fruit Dip

  • 2 Cups of Ricotta
  • 1 Cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup of Honey

Instructions

  1. Wash all of your fruit that needs to be washed and prep according to list above
  2. In a blender, add all of the ingredients for the ricotta yogurt fruit dip and blend on low until fully combined and creamy, transfer to a bowl and put in fridge until ready to plate
  3. To cut pineapple, take quarts and run a knife between the skin and the flesh, then cut into slices forming triangles that stay within the quarters
  4. Cut the melon halves into large medallions and then cut medallions in half, using a knife to trim out the seeds
  5. Take half the watermelon and cut into large medallions, cut medallions in half and then again into triangles
  6. For the blood oranges you can chose to cut in half and use as more of a garnish like I did, or make them easier to eat and cut into wedges
  7. Cut kiwis into halves
  8. I use a small heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart shaped strawberries and put three hearts per skewer but if you don’t have a cookie cutter you can halve them and put them on as is
  9. Start assembling your platter, using the pictures as guidance OR do so using your own flair!

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  1. This is so lovely Tanya! Perfect for a year round brunch, not just Valentine’s Day! And thanks for all the tips on arranging the board, This would be a gorgeous centre piece for any brunch gathering!

    1. Thanks Leanne! You can’t beat fresh fruit – especially this time of year. I’m glad you liked the tips!

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