This simple fruit charcuterie board is one of my favorite unique charcuterie board ideas! If you like a cookie charcuterie board or a savory charcuterie board, this fruit board platter is a great option for your next special occasions or dinner party! I also include lots of fruit board ideas below for your favorite fruits! You should also try my Stone Fruit Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette, my Christmas Dessert Charcuterie Board, and my Blueberry Toast with Whipped Ricotta!
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Simple Fruit Charcuterie Board Ideas
There's nothing like a good charcuterie board. And I love unique charcuterie board ideas like this seasonal fresh fruit board platter! It's such a fun way to serve appetizers, snacks, and dessert with something for everyone! Best of all, you can make it with whatever fruit you like, and style it however you like!
In this post, I'm sharing my favorite unique charcuterie board ideas and tips on how to make your fresh fruit charcuterie board the perfect appetizer at your next party, date night, or baby showers!
Fruit Charcuterie Board Name
But first -- what should we call this fruit board platter? Technically, the "fruit charcuterie board" name isn't accurate since it doesn't contain any charcuterie -- that is, cured meat. I thought about "charFRUITerie, but that was a mouthful. So then I settled on calling this a "fruiterie board." Let's make that name catch on!
What type of fruit goes on a charcuterie board?
There are so many unique charcuterie board ideas to choose from for this fruit tray. The best fruit to use is whatever seasonal fruits you prefer, especially ripe fruits that are in season, and some extras to add a nice touch! Here's what I use:
- pineapple - I love having the tropical flavor of pineapple on this fruit board platter! And the added garnish of the pineapple top adds a dramatic look. I love pineapples, so for me this is the best part of this beautiful board.
- fresh berries - blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries add a lovely color texture -- plus, they're already bite sized! And for more recipes with berries try my Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake!
- kiwi fruit - bright green kiwis add visual interest and delicious flavor!
- grapes - green or red grapes are always great fruit board ideas!
- honey - bring out the sweetness in your simple fruit charcuterie board with a drizzle of honey! Or serve some in a small bowl with a honey dipper!
- chocolate fruit dip - I used chocolate hummus, but you can also use caramel dip, peanut butter, or whipped cream!
- cheese - I used softened goat cheese drizzled with honey, but brie, manchego, and blue cheese would be great. Feel free to use your favorite semisoft or creamy cheese, and check out my Brie and Cranberry Tart!
- nuts and dried fruit - I used banana chips and almonds. But walnuts, Marcona almonds, or dried cranberries are also great ideas!
- cookies or pretzels - try graham crackers, shortbread cookies, pretzels, or wafer cookies!
First, you'll need a board for this simple fruit charcuterie board! I used this wooden platter with handles from Target, and I love it! You'll also need a separate cutting board and knives to cut your fruit. I also used these small bowls for the nuts and dips.
If you're serving this fruit board platter for a party, you may also want to grab this charcuterie cups kit to serve your fruit in individual servings!
How do you cut a fruit for a charcuterie?
- citrus and melons - you'll want to slice these, with or without the rind still attached. You can also do a zig-zag cut, which I mention below!
- berries, cherries, and grapes - leave these whole and serve directly on the platter or in a small bowl.
- kiwis - I like to use a zigzag cut for these! All you need to do is use a small paring knife to cut around the center of a kiwi in a zigzag pattern, cutting about halfway into the kiwi all the way around. Once you've cut all the way around the kiwi, it should separate easily and have a cute zigzag pattern!
How do you put a fruit board together?
There are lots of ways to arrange this simple fruit charcuterie board! Here's how I like to make it:
Start with small bowls for dips and nuts.
Add your largest items like citrus, grapes, and pineapple.
Fill in gaps with smaller fruits and cheeses.
Add garnishes and serve with toothpicks.
Hint: For best results, make this simple fruit charcuterie board the day that you plan to serve it and store in the fridge, lightly wrapped in plastic wrap.
Unique Charcuterie Board Ideas
Depending on the time of year and the occasion, your ultimate fruit board platter can have lots of variations and unique flavors!
- Fall and Winter Fruit Charcuterie Board - fill out your board with apples, pears, oranges, fresh figs, and dried cranberries.
- Summer Fruit Board Ideas - add peaches, strawberries, cherries, watermelon, and plums.
- Sweet and Savory Charcuterie Board - add in smoky seasoned nuts, aged cheeses, or seasoned roasted chickpeas!
- Fruit and Chocolate Charcuterie Board - add in your favorite chocolate candies, truffles, and chocolate-covered fruits!
- Tropical Themed Fruit Charcuterie Board - feature fresh mangoes, papaya, passionfruit, banana, and dried coconut flakes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any that you like! Dried figs, dried cranberries, dried apricots and dried cherries are all great options!
Absolutely! The best way to save time is to prep the fruits the night before and store them in containers in the fridge, then assemble your beautiful fruit charcuterie board the next day!
First, I like to grab one or two types of berries to pair with a cheese charcuterie board. They're a great complement with their sweet and tart flavor. I also love adding apples and peaches, and of course grapes!
Prep your fruit up to a day ahead of time and store each in a separate airtight container to make arranging this fruit platter even easier!
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Equipment you may need
- 1 pint (473 g) blackberries
- 1 bunch grapes
- 1 whole pineapple
- 3 medium kiwi
- 1 cup (85 g) banana chips
- 1 medium grapefruit
- 1 medium orange
- 8 oz (227 g) goat cheese
- 2 tablespoon (42 g) honey
- ¼ cup (62 g) chocolate hummus
- 2 tablespoon (20 g) raw almonds
- 10 vanilla wafer cookies
Love this! This definitely supercedes the classic meat with cheese board, much healthier indeed.
Thank you so much!
These fruit charcuterie board is beautiful. So fresh and delicious.
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it!
OH MY GOSH! Thank you for this guide! I am bookmarking this for later. I absolutely love that you added so many options and variety.
Thank you! I love the way you can customize this fruit board.
This Charcuterie Board is the perfect mix of sweet and salty! Perfect for all upcoming holiday parties or just to have out and snack on throughout the day - yum!
Absolutely! Glad you like it!
You're singing to my foodie soul. This looks amazing. I love to nibble here and there. Definitely pinning for later.
I'm the same way! I hope you love making this!
Love these ideas! I'm taking my version to a Thanksgiving feast. Thank you so much!
Wonderful! I hope it was a hit!
What a beautiful idea! We are really trying to cut down on refined sugar and this is just a perfect way to have a treat without too much guilt! So pretty!
Thank you! I love this fruit platter as a healthy treat or appetizer!
Bookmarking this for later! I adore this fruit board. Loads of helpful tips and tricks here. I know I'll come back to this every time I have a get together!
Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy!
Adding to my menu for Halloween. It’s so beautiful and fresh
Thank you so much! I hope you love it!
I LOVE this! We had a tea party for my daughter's birthday and this fruit charcuterie board was the perfect thing to serve with their afternoon tea!
Oh what a great idea! 🙂
This is a lovely charcuterie board. The fresh fruits are far more better to serve as a starter to any type of gathering. Love the banana chips idea for a bit of sweet crunch.
Thank you! They add a nice texture to the fruit board. 🙂