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How to Make a Rainbow Fruit Tray for St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a fun rainbow fruit tray. Arrange fresh fruit into a rainbow with marshmallow clouds and a pot of gold!

A fun snack is the easiest way to make a minor holiday a celebration! This simple rainbow fruit platter combines six different fresh fruits in the shape of a rainbow. Marshmallows and gold-wrapped candy add the clouds and pot of gold to give it a St Patrick’s Day flair. It’s a great way to serve a fun and healthy snack on a small holiday after school. Swap out different types of fruit for whatever your family loves.

rainbow fruit tray

This fun rainbow fruit tray is the perfect rainbow and pot of gold-themed treat for the holiday! Make it for an after-school treat, dessert, or to serve at a birthday party.

Rainbow Fruit Tray for St. Patrick’s Day

A rainbow fruit tray is a fun snack to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Arrange various fruits in the colors of the rainbow on a serving platter. Add some gold-wrapped candies to the end of the rainbow to represent a pot of gold. Fruit is a fun sweet treat that’s perfect for a healthy snack. Add mini marshmallows and gold-wrapped candy for extra sweetness. Or substitute the marshmallows for white cheese or small bowls of yogurt.

This festive fruit tray is made with simple ingredients but it is so much fun!

rainbow fruit tray

Check out this fun tutorial for rainbow fruit sticks and Lucky Charms Treats!

What You Need to Create This Tray

  • Strawberries – Cut fresh strawberries into bite-sized pieces to use for the red layer of the rainbow.
  • Clementines – Peel and separate pieces from clementines for the orange layer.
  • Bananas – Slice bananas for the yellow layer. If you use bananas, peel and slice them last.
  • Green grapes – Use whole green grapes, or cut them if the fruit rainbow tray is being served to small kids.
  • Blueberries – Whole blueberries are the perfect fruit for the blue layer of the rainbow display.
  • Blackberries – Whole blackberries finish the final layer of the fruit rainbow.
  • Marshmallows – Fluffy white marshmallows are perfect to represent fluffy white clouds.
  • Rolos – These chocolate, caramel-filled candies are wrapped in gold foil and perfect for the “pot of gold.”
rainbow fruit tray

Other Fruit Variations You Can Use

The best part of a rainbow fruit salad is that the fruit is so colorful. Use your favorite fruits to represent each color of the rainbow.

  • Red Fruit Layer – Raspberries, cranberries, cherries, pomegranate seeds, red grapes
  • Orange Fruit Layer – Mandarin oranges, apricots, peaches, papaya
  • Yellow Fruit Layer – Mango, pineapple chunks, golden kiwi
  • Green Fruit Layer – Honeydew melon, green kiwi, green apples
  • Blue/Purple – Purple grapes, plums
  • Clouds – Marshmallow fluff, fruit dip
  • Gold – Gold-wrapped Hershey’s Kisses, gold coins, gold-wrapped mini Snickers, graham crackers, Nilla Wafers

How to Assemble a Rainbow Fruit Tray

This rainbow snack tray is the perfect treat for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It’s full of juicy fruit in a variety of colors. Serve the fruit on its own or with a delicious yogurt fruit dip. Create it on either a rectangular cheese board or a round platter. 

Step 1 – Start with the outside layer, the red layer. Arrange the cut strawberries into a half-moon or arch. I chose to create more of a half-moon or half-arch shape. 

Step 2 – Next, add the orange slices along the bottom of the red arch. The oranges should touch with strawberries without overlapping.

Step 3 – Then add the bananas for the yellow layer. 

Step 4 – Add green grapes for the next layer of the rainbow fruit tray. For younger kids, cut the grapes in half vertically before adding them to the board. Cut grapes reduce the choking hazard for small children.

Step 5 – Then add a layer of blueberries beneath the grapes. Blueberries are great because they don’t require any additional prep, aside from washing.

Step 6 – Finish the rainbow with a layer of blackberries.

rainbow fruit tray

Step 7 – Beneath my rainbow, I added a layer of fluffy white clouds. I used marshmallows for the clouds. 

Step 8 – Then I finished it off with a layer of gold foil-wrapped Rolos candy. The candy represents the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If you want to skip the candy, consider using graham crackers or Nilla wafers as the pot of gold.

rainbow fruit tray

I also added a little star-shaped dish of Skittles to fill some additional space on the board. Plus, they make a fun rainbow treat to go with the fruit!

What Size Board Did You Use?

My rectangular board is 18″ x 14″. I purchased the board at HomeGoods. It’s a great place to find affordable cheese boards! I’ve provided links to similar boards, as well as the star-shaped dish.

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How to Store This Fruit Tray

Make this rainbow fruit tray ahead of time for an after-school treat or party snack. Simply wrap the board in plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator. It will store nicely for a few hours.

Just be mindful of any fruits that will brown or leak a large amount of juice while in the refrigerator. Bananas or apples may not be the best additions to the rainbow if you want to prep it a few hours before serving.

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rainbow fruit tray

Rainbow Fruit Tray

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a fun rainbow fruit tray. Arrange fruit to look like a rainbow with marshmallow clouds and a pot of gold!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Charcuterie
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • 1 large rectangle cheese board

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups orange slices
  • 1 cup chopped banana
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup Rolos

Instructions
 

  • On a large rectangle cheese board, arrange cut strawberries into a half-moon or arch shape.
  • Add orange slices along the bottom of the strawberries. The oranges should touch with strawberries without overlapping.
  • Follow the same technique and add a layer of sliced bananas, green grapes, blueberries, blackberries, and mini marshmallows.
  • Add a single layer of gold-wrapped Rolos along the bottom.
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  1. This is adorable and looks so delicious!!

    Make Life Marvelous

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