Watery Summer Fruit Snack Plate

A visually stunning, harmoniously watery-prime, tasty, and refreshing fruit plate perfect for sharing! *** And in particular, this is a dish designed to use up any odds and ends, surplus, and/or just going bad fruits you may have in your warmer season— you can easily customize and substitute with any other dried or fresh fruit bits you may have. See my notes below!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh golden berries
  • 1 small yellow peach (about 1/4 cup’s worth in slices)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup mixed dried prunes and dark raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried unsweetened jackfruit pieces
  • 1 purple dragon fruit
  • 1 cup’s worth honeydew melon

Special equipment: a large flat dish or platter big enough to hold all this fruit!

Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

Preparation:

  1. Gather all ingredients mise en place and platter or large dish for serving. (This makes things a LOT easier, trust me.)
  2. Thinly slice the yellow peach, honeydew melon, and dragon fruit, removing the latter two from their respective rinds and tossing any bruised or damaged spots you may have on any fruit. Reserve each fruit separately.
  3. Optionally slice the dried prunes for easier bite-sized sharing, and then begin plating concentrically around your serving dish in clockwise order: peach slices, goldenberries, jackfruit pieces, prunes and dark raisins, blackberries, and blueberries. Even out all of the fruit on the plate so that there is room enough in the center for the remaining fruit.
  4. Place the dragon fruit and melon slices in the center of the plate. Then, serve as a snack plate, or sampler-style dessert plate for you and your group!

Yasmine’s notes:

Most of the fruits used for this snack plate straight-up are odds and ends, last remaining bits, and/or what hasn’t molded over while waiting to be eaten in my family’s fridge– supplemented with just a few surplus items we also have had on hand:

(e.g. A half-eaten honeydew melon, fuller cartons of blackberries, dried prunes, and dark raisins, all paired with nearly empty containers of blueberries, dried jackfruit, and remaining golden berries, one small peach, and a dragon fruit— each just starting to go bad with otherwise still edible portions to them.)

In this way, nothing goes to waste when we DO have a bunch of fruits on hand— and it makes for such an inviting plate on its own by matching similar colors together 🌈, as well as giving everyone a chance to try different flavor pairings they may not have had before. (Jackfruit and blackberries? Man, it’s delish! T__T <3 I should make a Jackberry Smoothie one day as a result. And I promise you it’s thanks to this dish that now, I have that idea!)

Functionally-speaking, this water plate of fruits easily translates as a warm-season dessert plate, party plate, or even a breakfast plate if everyone’s got the chance to sit together. Otherwise, if you and yours aren’t having a ‘shareable moment’, you can equally divvy up the contents for everyone to eat at their own leisure— e.g. put portions in the freezer for self-serve smoothies, store single servings in the fridge for when others get home later in the day, and use a portion as a salad topper for your own meal right then and there.

When function meets low waste meets healthy, easy, pretty and tasty, it’s a triple win in my book! 🏆🎉 And in this world, we need every bit of a win that we can get. Not too shabby, this, if I may say so myself.


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