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Simple Fruit Salad Centerpiece

Updated on August 12, 2014

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

  1. Gather your fruit. Most any fresh or frozen fruit will work. I used a cantalope, kiwi, green grapes, strawberries, blueberries and pineapple.
  2. Carve your primary piece of fruit. I used a cantaloupe. A watermelon or a pineapple would also be a good choice.
  3. Pick a pretty platter to use for your centerpiece. I used a crystal plate to show off the fruit.
  4. Center your primary fruit on the platter.
  5. 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.

Triple Berry Blend "All Natural"
Triple Berry Blend "All Natural"

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.

Deco V-Cut Garnishing Knife
Deco V-Cut Garnishing Knife

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

Fruit Salad Centerpiece
Fruit Salad Centerpiece

Crystal Salad Bowls

Crystal salad bowls are perfect for serving fruit.

Do you have a food centerpiece that you like to make? - share your ideas here

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      VioletteRose LM 4 years ago

      Looks so colourful and beautiful, thanks for sharing this nice idea!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      This look so good, and so good for you.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Makes my mouth water! Nice photo too.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      It truly is a beautiful dish for summer or the holidays. Bright and colorful. Filled with sunshine goodness.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      I remember my grandmother making these.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Just beautiful! Photos like this just make the lens pop! Great information about the special knife to cut the melon too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @paulahite: Thanks for the feature

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      Paula Hite 4 years ago from Virginia

      Gorgeous! It'll be on our Tumblr page later today!

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @ecogranny: thank you

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @mbgphoto: I posted so quickly, I forgot to put "Recipe of the Day" in the top section, so I added it today in the comments and pinned it to the top of the page.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      A big uncut crystal bowl with straight sides and a colorful salad, fruit or otherwise, is often my centerpiece at a brunch or luncheon, but I love your melon bowl centerpiece. Beautiful! Watch for this in the coming days on the Facebook page I host as the Cooking with Whole Grains and Whole Foods Contributor on Squidoo. I will feature it as a Recipe of the Day.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I do something like this in 1/2 of pineapple. Now I will try your recipe, which looks so delicious and healthy...

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My hubby makes beautiful Fruit Basket Centerpieces. I loved this one.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      This is so pretty and you make it look very easy! Blessings. :)

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Looks so good!

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      My simplest centerpieces include a bowl or plate of whole fruit with a couple of candles on either side. Yours is quite nice, and provides dessert too!

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      Mamaboo LM 6 years ago

      I love what you've done here. I have no skill in this area, and just love to look at you artist!

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      piarejuden 6 years ago

      This looks so fresh and delicious.. could bring a smile to my face any time of the day! Thanks for the idea, mbgphoto!

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      VeseliDan 6 years ago

      I often make a fruit salad centerpiece from strawberies and melon. *blessed*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice lens.Good work.

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      Lenskeeper 6 years ago

      Looks great and nutritious as well!

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      magictricksdotcom 6 years ago

      Nothing like melon for a delicious summer salad. The pictures are great- reminds me that it's lunchtime!

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      This looks so good

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      Nicole Pellegrini 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Nice work! I confess I'm not a fan of the flavor of melons, but this does look lovely and such a great idea for summer buffets, parties and special meals.

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      vBizeso 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      Beautiful! And it looks simple enough...I think I'll do this the next time we have a cookout with family! Thanks for the great idea! :)

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      futurefocus57 6 years ago

      I usually always address presentation.

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      SapphireHunter 6 years ago

      This is super cool! :)

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      dumutu 6 years ago

      Looks so yummy & beautiful, I wish I had the creativity to do that :)

      Great lens :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes, I've seen some amazing food centerpieces at restaurants.

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      jayceehaynes 6 years ago

      looks fun! nice lens :)

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Mmm, delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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      Matthew 6 years ago from Silicon Valley

      My parents always used to do this using a watermelon as the centerpiece. Thanks for the recommendation for a smaller version.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh WOW, this looks really yummy!

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      microfarmproject 6 years ago

      This is lovely! Thank you.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Awesome ideas! I think fruit centerpieces are such a great way to go for a party or event!

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      myamya 6 years ago

      Great lens! Thumbs up for you

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You make this easy to do. Thanks.

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      Gayle 6 years ago from McLaughlin

      Congrats on your front page article!

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      CCTVwebmaster 6 years ago

      This I have to try, love fruit salad and great idea to have it as a centrepiece!

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      getwellsoon 6 years ago

      Looks lovely and easy to make!

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      JennyKets 6 years ago

      This is looking good and much healthy.

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      Heidi Vincent 6 years ago from GRENADA

      Really nice!

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      Viview 6 years ago

      So beautiful,That's really not bear to eatã

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      Viview 6 years ago

      I like fruit,thank you for share so beautiful photoes of fruit to us.

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      randomthings lm 6 years ago

      I don't but this one looks good...I'd like to eat itt!!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Oh! This is looking really good and healthy. Thanks for a great lens

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      This fruit salad looks so delicious, and your step-by-step directions are great. I've done lots of watermelon baskets. Cantaloupe is just as pretty, and probably a lot easier to cut.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Very beautiful and great to photograph too!

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      CameronPoe 6 years ago

      You know the problem with me and food centerpieces that look this good? I nibble on it before meals are served and there won't be much of a center piece left halfway though the evening.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Can't wait to try this :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Your fruit bowl makes me think of a restaurant on a tropical island. You are really very handy with a knife. Gorgeous fruit centerpiece.

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      Mistl 6 years ago

      That centerpiece looks really yummy! :)

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      These are such wonderful instructions because I love to eat fresh fruit in the summer months, especially cantaloupe.

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      What a beautiful food centerpiece!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice that looks great. I love your photography too

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      eClicks 6 years ago

      OK that's me back on the fruit again... yum

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      Chuck Nelson 6 years ago from California

      I've never done this but I must say your photography is delicious.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh, now I'm hungry after looking at all those fruit pictures! Great lens!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 6 years ago from Albany New York

      Yum....this looks so inviting and not hard to do. Very nice lens.

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      That sure does look fresh, tasty and appetizing. Good idea!

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      SmBizGuru LM 6 years ago

      Oh My! That fruit salad looks so refreshing and delicious. Thank you for sharing this in a lens.

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      Cold0911 6 years ago

      I love how the cantaloupe tool helps the design aspect of the presentation. A simply cutting tool makes a sharp difference ( no pun intended - lol).

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      Auntie-M LM 6 years ago

      My favorite is a green salad with a burst of asperagus spears sticking up in the middle. Always gets aaaahs.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great images and great lens. God bless!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Really beautiful! I does, indeed, sound simple and fruit makes such a lovely centerpiece for any table.

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