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How to Make Easy Fruit Salad Kabobs

Updated on June 5, 2017
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Tasty, Colorful and Easy to Make Fruit Salad Kabobs

Fruit salad kabobs are a colorful alternative to traditional fruit salad served from a bowl.
Fruit salad kabobs are a colorful alternative to traditional fruit salad served from a bowl. | Source

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Fruit Salad Season is Here!

What's more refreshing as the weather warms up than the cool taste of a fresh fruit salad? The burst of flavor from a ripe strawberry or a firm piece of sweet cantaloupe delivers a delightful sensation to a fruit lover. The aromas of freshly cut fruit on an outdoor table or Sunday brunch plate remind us that the season is finally upon us to enjoy a nice fruit salad.

A great fruit salad provides a combination of sweet and tangy flavors and visual appeal. A well-balanced fruit salad will please the palate as well as the eyes. The best choice of fruit for your salad will need to be as fresh as possible and preferably in season. This will ensure good taste and presentation.

You're more likely to find the freshest, sweetest, and firmest fruit at grocery chains like Aldi, which tend to sell fruit obtained from local farms or farmers closer to the store's jurisdiction. However, the best option for freshest produce is to go directly to your local farmer's market.

The best fruit combinations for a dynamic salad usually include strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon, grapes, honeydew, kiwi, and assorted berries. The brighter the colors and the firmer the fruit, the better chance you'll have of the fruit holding up when it's chilled and served.

Make a Colorful Table for Your Guests with Fruit

Consider this serving suggestion for your next  table: fruit salad kabobs on a colorful, rectangular platter.
Consider this serving suggestion for your next table: fruit salad kabobs on a colorful, rectangular platter. | Source

Fruit Salad Kabobs: A Fresh Idea Anytime

This article offers a recipe for fruit salads needing only one ingredient: the fruit. Therefore, it will be one of the easiest creations you'll ever make for yourself and your guests, anytime of the year.

Making Fruit Salad Kabobs is a fresh, fun, and creative way to prepare a healthy treat with ingredients that will decorate your table with an array of color and unique presentation.

Fruit salad on a stick is also less messy than fruit salad served from a bowl as it tends to become watery and soggy if not eaten right away.

Another plus with fruit salad served as a mini kabob is that it requires less use of plates and utensils, resting nicely as a garnish on a plate.

A Decorative Addition to a Breakfast Plate

This serving suggestion for a light breakfast includes two fruit salad kabobs served with toasted raisin bread and butter.
This serving suggestion for a light breakfast includes two fruit salad kabobs served with toasted raisin bread and butter. | Source

Peeling, Coring, Cutting and Threading Fruit Onto Sticks

Prep time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: Approximately 20 Fruit Kabobs

Fruit Ingredients (Vary Depending on Party Size)

  • 1 Cantaloupe
  • 1 lb box Strawberries
  • 1 Pineapple
  • 4 Kiwi
  • 1 lb Green Grapes, OR
  • 1 Honeydew Melon
  • Granulated Sugar, optional
  • Whipped Cream, optional

Utensils

You will need:

  • Sharp knives (to create clean cuts of fruit)
  • Strainers or colanders (for rinsing fruit)
  • Large bowls or containers (to separate cut fruit)
  • Bamboo kabob sticks (8-inch candy apple or grilling sticks)
  • Platters
  • Small serving bowls for sugar and whipped cream (optional)

Strawberries: The Juicer the Berry . . .

Fresh strawberries make a beautiful fruit salad creation.
Fresh strawberries make a beautiful fruit salad creation. | Source

Preparing Fruit by Cutting into Chunks

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Carefully follow package directions for cutting pineapple. For safer cutting, use a pineapple corer.Pineapple is cut into large chunks.Cantaloupe is cut into large chunks.
Carefully follow package directions for cutting pineapple. For safer cutting, use a pineapple corer.
Carefully follow package directions for cutting pineapple. For safer cutting, use a pineapple corer. | Source
Pineapple is cut into large chunks.
Pineapple is cut into large chunks. | Source
Cantaloupe is cut into large chunks.
Cantaloupe is cut into large chunks. | Source

Kiwi Chunks: Cut for Kabobs

Make sure kiwi are firm enough to thread on the stick.
Make sure kiwi are firm enough to thread on the stick. | Source

Easy Steps for Fruit Salad Kabobs

  1. Rinse strawberries and grapes in a strainer, pat dry with paper towels. Separate grapes individually from the vines. Do not remove strawberry stems. Place strawberries and grapes in bowls.
  2. Peel and core pineapple as directed on package for best results (see image of cut pineapple) or use a pineapple corer. If desired, save the pineapple crown for platter decoration. Cut pineapple into large chunks. Using a cutting board will make cutting easier. Drain pineapple juice, pat dry and place in a bowl.
  3. Peel and cut cantaloupe into chunk sizes similar to pineapple pieces. Do the same if using honeydew melon. Place in separate bowls or containers.
  4. Peel and carefully core stem end of kiwi. Cut each kiwi into four or six chunks each, depending on the size of the kiwi. Place pieces in a separate bowl.
  5. Thread fruit onto sticks to create a rainbow color effect with each fruit kabob, making a red/orange/yellow/green combination. For example, strawberry, cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew, kiwi, etc. Top each kabob with a grape.
  6. Place fruit salad kabobs in an attractive arrangement on a platter of your choice. Chill and serve. Have granulated sugar and whipped cream available for sprinkling, dipping, and dolloping.

Serving Suggestion: Make Your Fruit Appealing to the Eye

Color coordinated fruit salad kabobs make an appealing presentation.
Color coordinated fruit salad kabobs make an appealing presentation. | Source

Fruit Kabob Versus Traditional Fruit Salad

Fruit Served as Kabob
Fruit Served in a Bowl
Less mushy served on a stick
Serving spoon smashes fruit
Fruit stays firmer longer
Salad becomes watery upon standing when served from a bowl
Uniformed serving portions
Self-service diminishes nice pieces of fruit to guests
Kabobs make a nice plate garnish
Spooning salad onto individual plates becomes messy
Kabobs offer more attractive presentation ideas
Traditional large bowl of fruit salad limits creativity
The advantages of serving fresh fruit on a kabob as opposed to the traditional fruit salad mixture are noted above.

Fruit Salad Kabobs on a Round Platter

A fancy fruit salad kabob platter makes an attractive centerpiece.
A fancy fruit salad kabob platter makes an attractive centerpiece. | Source

Fruit Salad Bowl Compliments a Breakfast Menu

Pieces of fruit laid separately without mixing together makes an attractive fruit bowl served with any breakfast menu. Includes sliced strawberries, sliced mango, red grapes, and blueberries.
Pieces of fruit laid separately without mixing together makes an attractive fruit bowl served with any breakfast menu. Includes sliced strawberries, sliced mango, red grapes, and blueberries. | Source

Farmer's Market Produce for Freshness

Create Your Own Colorful Display of Fruit

Add something new to your table with a fruit salad kabob platter.
Add something new to your table with a fruit salad kabob platter. | Source

Fruit Salad Kabobs: Try a Fresh, New Idea

Making Fruit Salad Kabobs is an easy way to make a side dish without having to cook or measure a lot of ingredients.

As you begin to plan your events for the season, think about adding something new to your traditional luncheon fare, brunch, party appetizer, picnic, or barbecue table. Here are a few helpful hints:

  • Think outside the box when creating your fruit presentations and have fun with it.
  • Use color and texture to dazzle your guests; think of food as art.
  • Use this article as a guide only to inspire your unique fruit creations and make them your own.
  • Try using other fruit and color combinations; as long as the fruit is fresh and firm, it will work.
  • Enjoy creating a sweet and healthy treat; fruit kabobs offer a fun and easy way to get our daily servings of fruit.

Fruit Salad Kabobs

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      What a great article Jan! The pictures are so colorful and refreshing during the summer months! Very well done, and now my mouth is watering for fruit:) Voted up!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much for reading it, swilliams. I'm happy to hear it had the right effect on you, lol! I appreciate the vote up. :-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very good! Just what the doctor ordered. Thank you for the delicious looking illustration.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      I agree - great article and makes so much sense. The salad kabob platter looks most impressive and inviting. Mmmmm - fruit here I come. Thank you.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, MsDora. Enjoy!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You are very welcome, travmaj. Thanks for the comments, enjoy!

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      Shirley Rivens Smith 3 years ago

      Thanks Janis, I will try the fruit kabob for a meeting next week.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, Shirley. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Maggie.L 3 years ago from UK

      A great article with useful tips for making these delicious looking fruit kabobs. The look so appetising. I'm going to give them a go and see if it entices my kids to eat more fruit! Voted up and useful.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I'm so glad to hear you say that. I thought it would be a great way to get kids to eat more fruit. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Maggie.L.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These look so good! Inspires me to have some around more often; I know I could lose a ton with these things! You are right about Aldis too, they do have the very freshest fruits and veggies. ^

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      What a wonderful idea. I know when it is in a bowl, people tend to pick out the more exotic and leave the common fruits, which diminishes the whole look. This is a great idea and a beautiful presentation of fruit. I imagine this would even get picky kids to eat it as well.

      Voting up and sharing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Jackie, appreciate your visit, glad you're inspired to eat more. Yes, Aldi has awesome produce. Thanks for coming.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Absolutely, Blond Logic, kids may want to eat more fruit with these. Thank you for your generous comments, your vote up, and for sharing!

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      Oh Jan..you've got my mouth watering! Am bookmarking this Hub, and thanks for posting.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Lol, that's good! Hope you try it soon. Thanks, bethperry, for stopping by.

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      Jan, these fruit kabobs look perfect for the summer. Thanks for sharing!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yup, they'll make a nice summer plate. Thanks for visiting.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Yum--and they are so festive as well!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes they are, Audrey. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Ummm Jan, that was teasing me. I eat lots of veggies and nuts as it is but I need to eat more fruits. I usually eat apples daily. I love all kinds of fruit when I can get some. Thank you for this fantastic hub! Voted up!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much, word55. I hope it gets you to consider eating more fruit soon. Thanks for the vote up!

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      ronnie 3 years ago

      This is so good,so colourful.......thanks so much for this.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, ronnie. Thank you for commenting.

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      Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

      It is original. I like the way the fruit looks on the wood. It easy to grab. And it looks attractive. It is creative and looks delicious. Thank you for sharing other ways to make the fruit salad. I like your hub.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I appreciate your comments very much. Thank you, erorantes, for stopping by and liking this hub.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

      These look so delicious and refreshing. Love the pix and the concept as well. Voted a big "UP"

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I appreciate your visit, TIMETRAVELER2. Thank you very much for your comments and vote up.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 3 years ago from Texas

      Super pretty and lots of great pictures too. I'll need to make these for my next family BBQ. Pinned, voted up and tweeted.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for that glowing comment, missolive. I really appreciate the sharing and vote up. :)

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      I am a huge fruit person! The only thing I would change is to keep the melon off, including the cantaloupe. For some reason I've just never liked the taste of the stuff! I think I would stick with kiwi, grapes, strawberries, and some mango! This is such a great idea for parties, summertime, and even just grabbing a quick snack to go. Voted up!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much, Torrs13. I think your combination sounds great! I'm glad you liked this idea. Thanks for coming by, the vote up, the follow, and the fanmail. I really appreciate it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Fruit kabobs are the best and people love them at events. They are so pretty to look at and are enticing to everyone. I may just make some for a picnic we are heading to this weekend.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      My wife was asked to make a fruit salad for the 4th of July party. I offered my help. This is better and it looks awesome. I will also do some skewers with just pineapple and watermelon. I can't wait. Thank you so much,

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Wonderful, Glimmer Twin Fan. Coming from you, that's makes me feel good. Thanks for taking the time to stop by this hub, thanks for the comments.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yeay! Thanks so much for that, DREAM ON. I appreciate that, you're so welcome.

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      Bernadyn 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I love anything on skewers for parties, just feels more like a party food that way and does look more appetizing. I love that idea of placing them on a round platter, I'll try that next time I host a gathering. I agree, fruits on a kabob are less messy and keeps them nice and firm. Voting up!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for your comments, BNadyn. I'm so glad you stopped by and took the time to read this hub. It's currently one of my favorites for the season. Thanks for the vote up.

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I had these at a party once, and they were so addictive. Cheaper than Edible Arrangements and just as nice. Thanks for reminding me about these!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes, so much cheaper to make ourselves. Thanks for visiting this hub.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Beautiful fruit displays really appeal to the eye making it easy to forget that it's good for you. Kids like making their own kabobs too and this way they can get the fruit they like. For me, I'd have to leave out the Kiwi.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Ooh, this would be great for a party or a potluck!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes it would, hope you try it! Thanks for the visit.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for your comments, favored. They really are great for kids. I appreciate the visit.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Wow! This looks good. What a good idea for a party. Thanks for sharing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Thelma, thanks. They are fun to make, too.

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      peachy 24 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      next time, I will add in fruit salad in kebab for parties

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      Janis Leslie Evans 24 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for stopping by, peachpurple. It's very easy.

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