Simple Fruit Salad Centerpiece
Five Easy Steps to a Colorful Fruit Salad
Fresh fruits add a colorful and delicious centerpiece for your table. They are also a great addition to your meal. They are healthy and fairly low in calories.
If you are looking for an easy but impressive looking dish to bring to a party this centerpiece would look great on a buffet table too! I recently brought this to my family Easter celebration and it was a big hit! It looked great on the table and everyone enjoyed the fresh fruit with their meal.
You can easily substitute your favorite fruits to make this perfect for your family and friends.
all photos by Mary Beth Granger
Follow These Directions - Cantaloupe Fruit Bowl
- Gather your fruit. Most any fresh or frozen fruit will work. I used a cantalope, kiwi, green grapes, strawberries, blueberries and pineapple.
- Carve your primary piece of fruit. I used a cantaloupe. A watermelon or a pineapple would also be a good choice.
- Pick a pretty platter to use for your centerpiece. I used a crystal plate to show off the fruit.
- Center your primary fruit on the platter.
- Chop up the remainder of the fruit and arrange in the cantaloupe and around the edges.
Frozen Berries - add color to your salad
I used fresh berries in my salad but frozen berries would work well too! These are great to keep in your freezer and use when you cannot get fresh berries in your area.
When fresh berries are not available, frozen ones are a good substitute.
Cutting the Cantaloupe - easy with a cutting tool
This is the tool that I used to carve my cantaloupe. I insert the tool around the circumference of the cantaloupe with an in and out motion until I went all the way around the melon. You could also use a regular knife, but this tool certainly makes the job easier.
Cantaloupe Cutting Tool
This tool looks similar to the one that I used to carve my cantaloupe.
This one would be great for lots of veggies.
Preparing the Cantaloupe Centerpiece - easy steps
After I cut all the way around the cantaloupe with the cutting tool, I gently pulled the melon apart. I made sure that each cut went clear through so that the fruit would come apart easily.
Next I took a spoon and removed the seeds and loose pulp from the inside of the melon. You will want to do this carefully so that you get all of the seeds out but preserve the good fruit to use in your melon bowl.
Finishing Up - centerpiece bowl
I wanted some of my cantaloupe to put inside and around the bowl, so my next step was to use a knife and gently cut out pieces of the cantaloupe meat. I was careful not to get too close to the zigzag edge. A melon baller would work well for this procedure.
If you do not need to use the second half of the cantaloupe for your centerpiece, you could also cut up that half to put into the fruit bowl.
Now you are ready to add a variety of fruits. I used kiwi, blueberries, strawberries and the melon balls but most any fruit would work well. Just go with whatever fruits are in season and you can't go wrong. I think mango, grapes, watermelon and pineapple might be good choices too.
For a special added touch, sprinkle the top of the fruit with a bit of coconut flakes or perhaps some chopped pecans.
Crystal Platter for Fruit - Mikasa Platter
I like a crystal platter to arrange the fruit. The glass reflects the colors of the fruit and makes a pretty centerpiece.
Delicious and Beautiful
Crystal Salad Bowls
Crystal salad bowls are perfect for serving fruit.