How to Make Easy Fruit Salad Kabobs
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.
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, 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.
Prep Time and Yield
- 1 cantaloupe
- 1 lb strawberries
- 1 pineapple
- 4 kiwis
- 1 lb green grapes (or 1 honeydew melon)
- Granulated sugar, optional
- Whipped cream, optional
- 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)
- Small serving bowls for sugar and whipped cream (optional)
- 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.
- 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.
- Peel and cut cantaloupe into chunk sizes similar to pineapple pieces. Do the same if using honeydew melon. Place in separate bowls or containers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Fruit Kabobs 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
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.
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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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