This Patriotic Flag Fruit Platter is a healthy and easy 10 minute recipe that is perfect for an appetizer, snack or dessert at your 4th of July or Memorial Day holiday party for a fun red, white and blue dish!
Fresh fruit is always the way to go on a hot summer day and this Patriotic Flag Fruit Platter is no exception. It’s an easy no-bake recipe that is a fresh and healthy addition to any picnic. Nothing can beat that sweet, fresh-picked taste, especially when you pair it with some easy Sub Sandwiches! This easy Memorial Day or 4th of July dessert recipe uses fruits and berries to create a red, white, and blue theme that will dress up any picnic or potluck.
It’s super easy to put together, and the bright colors make a big impact. Even if you only have a few minutes to throw something together, you have time for this easy dessert. Pair it with some Easy Fruit Dip or Chocolate Yogurt Dip for a fun twist.
What Do You Put On a Fruit Tray?
There are tons of ways to go with a fruit tray. You can mix and match for any occasion, or for any picky eater! You can serve a fruit tray by itself or with a sauce or dressing. Try my Whipped Honey Goat Cheese Dip for a different twist.
Here are some ideas to add to your next fruit platter tray.
- Green or red grapes
- Pineapple (you can use the leaves as a garnish)
- Bananas (brush them with lemon juice to prevent browning)
- Apples (brush them with lemon juice to prevent browning)
Can I Make a Fruit Platter the Night Before?
A great thing about fruit platters is that you can make them ahead of time! When you’ve put your fruit tray together, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and put it flat in the fridge. Any time you include apples or bananas (or any other fruit that browns with exposure to air) brush on a little lemon juice to keep them looking fresh and colorful.
You can carefully stand toothpicks up in the fruit to hold the plastic away from the surface of the fruit if you’re concerned about the way it looks. Holding the plastic away from the surface of the fruit will keep the top of the fruit from getting squished.
If your tray is small enough, you could also use a zip closure bag to seal your fruit platter.
A well-cooled fruit platter should keep in the fridge for a few days. Be aware, though, that you might lose some color! Pineapples and apples will absorb color from brighter fruits like raspberries and might appear “stained”. Don’t worry, it will still taste great! If you really want to make a statement with your colors though, serve your fruit tray within a day to keep the fruit bright and bold.
Red, White, and Blue Recipes
If you really want to go all out for your Fourth of July or Memorial Day recipes, you might want to make a whole red, white, and blue spread! You’ll definitely want to try my Red, White, and Blue Berry Parfait recipe. Another visual stunner is my Flag Parmesan Garlic Chip Dip.
Family Time is Game Time
One more super important part of any Fourth of July party is family outdoor games! I have tons of great ideas for that in our Family Olympic Games that you have to check out! Trust me, you’re going to have a blast. Our crazy crew below certainly does…just so long as we win! 😉
What Else Can You Make With Fruit?
Do you have left over fruit? Or maybe you’re like me, and you just can’t get enough! Here are a couple more great recipes you can make.
Patriotic Flag Fruit Platter
- 1 pint blackberries
- 1 bunch red grapes
- 1 Golden Delicious apple
- 1 quart strawberries
- 3 bananas
- 1/4 seedless watermelon
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 1 lb. cherries
- Slice the bananas and toss with a little lemon juice or fruit fresh. Do the same with the apples.
- Cut the watermelon into 2 inch cubes.
- Arrange the blackberries in the top corner in the shape of a rectangle. Starting at the top, arrange the grapes, apple, strawberries, banana, watermelon, apple and cherries in horizontal strips to form the shape of a flag.
- Serve immediately or cover and store refrigerated up to 48 hours.