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How to Make Easy Fruit Salad Kabobs

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

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

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 the 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 arrangement for your guests.

Make a colorful arrangement for your guests.

A Fresh Idea for Any Time

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, any time 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.

This serving suggestion for a light breakfast includes two fruit kabobs served with toasted, buttered raisin bread.

This serving suggestion for a light breakfast includes two fruit kabobs served with toasted, buttered raisin bread.

Prep Time and Yield

Prep timeReady inYields

2 hours

2 hours

Approximately 20 fruit kabobs

Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 1 pineapple
  • 4 kiwis
  • 1 lb green grapes (or 1 honeydew melon)
  • Granulated sugar, optional
  • Whipped cream, optional

Necessary Utensils

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

Instructions

  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.

Fruit Kabobs Versus Traditional Fruit Salad

Fruit Served as KabobFruit 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

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.
  • Remember, presentation is everything!

Farmer's Market Produce for Freshness

How to Pick the Best Fruit at the Right Time:

  • Choosing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    Shopping for produce can be confusing. You sniff, poke and shake, yet you can still end up with less-than-tasty fruits, limp greens and bland vegetables. Here are some tips on choosing the freshest produce at the market, getting the most for your mon

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© 2014 Janis Leslie Evans

Thank you for reading this article. Feel free to leave a comment.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 04, 2018:

Great Susan! Have fun with it. Glad to inspire the new idea for you. Thanks for stopping by.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on June 04, 2018:

I can;t believe I have not thought about making fruit kabobs. I love the variety of fruit on your kabobs. They make a beautiful picture. Not that you have brought the idea to my mind I will definitely be making them this summer next time I have company.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 02, 2015:

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

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 01, 2015:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 01, 2015:

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

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 01, 2015:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 09, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 09, 2014:

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

Sam Deal from Earth on September 09, 2014:

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

Fay Favored from USA on September 08, 2014:

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.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 24, 2014:

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

Laura Smith from Pittsburgh, PA on July 23, 2014:

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!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 08, 2014:

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.

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on July 08, 2014:

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!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 03, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 03, 2014:

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.

DREAM ON on July 03, 2014:

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,

Claudia Mitchell on July 03, 2014:

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.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 28, 2014:

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.

Tori Canonge from North Carolina on June 28, 2014:

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!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 24, 2014:

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

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 24, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 12, 2014:

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

Sondra Rochelle from USA on June 12, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 07, 2014:

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

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on June 07, 2014:

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.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 05, 2014:

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

ronnie on June 05, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 03, 2014:

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

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 03, 2014:

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!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 03, 2014:

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

Audrey Howitt from California on June 03, 2014:

Yum--and they are so festive as well!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 03, 2014:

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

Ryem from Maryland on June 03, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 02, 2014:

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

Beth Perry from Tennesee on June 02, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 02, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 02, 2014:

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

Mary Wickison from Brazil on June 02, 2014:

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.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 01, 2014:

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. ^

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 01, 2014:

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.

Maggie.L from UK on June 01, 2014:

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.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 31, 2014:

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

Shirley Rivens Smith on May 31, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 30, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 30, 2014:

Thank you, MsDora. Enjoy!

travmaj from australia on May 30, 2014:

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.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 30, 2014:

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

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 29, 2014:

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. :-)

swilliams on May 29, 2014:

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!