Rainbow Fruit Kabobs are an easy and fun way to serve fresh fruit at your next summer gathering. Choose your favorite fruits and thread them onto skewers to create these delicious skewers.
Best Fruits for Kabobs
Just like a fruit salad, you can use just about any fruit for skewered fruit on a stick. I try to choose things that don’t brown (like bananas, apples or peaches) and instead opt for fruits that last a bit longer. I also try to think about a variety of colors (or colors based on the occasion) so the fruit kabobs are bright and colorful.
Here are some good choices:
- Pineapple chunks
- Cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon balls
- Seedless grapes
- Kiwi slices
How to Make Them
This no-cook dish is so simple. Just alternate colors and place the prepped fruit chunks on skewers. Then cover tightly and chill.
- Prep the fruit by cutting into slices, wedges or chunks.
- Thread fruit onto skewers and refrigerate until eating.
Use wooden or bamboo skewers to make fruit kabobs. You don’t need to soak them. The reason for soaking wooden skewers is to prevent them from burning on the grill. So there’s no need for that step here.
Make Ahead: Make fruit kabobs ahead of time so they’ll be well chilled before serving. They’ll keep in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours.
Bananas are great on skewers, but they brown quickly. If you plan to use bananas, just chill them with the peel intact. Then peel, cut into chunks and place on skewers just before serving.
Can You Freeze Them?
Fresh fruit turns mushy when you defrost after freezing. This isn’t much of an issue with berries if you intend to make them into blended drinks or smoothies. But so it’s not recommended for fruit kabobs, so plan to make and serve them fresh.
What to Serve with Fruit Kabobs
A variety of creamy dips will make juicy fruit kabobs the star of your table.
- Whipped topping and shredded coconut – Mix one cup whipped topping with 2 tablespoons of shredded sweetened coconut.
- Fruit yogurts – Just stir up, place in a bowl and serve next to fruit kabobs (or stir some into whipped topping).
- Strawberry whipped cream – Whir fresh or frozen strawberries in a blender, then mix with sweetened whipped cream.
- Chocolate fondue – Melt one cup semi-sweet chocolate chips with 2 tablespoons butter and a cup of heavy cream
- Vanilla or banana pudding – Follow the instructions on the package.
The next time you’re planning a summer party, don’t forget about fruit kabobs. They’ll bring a smile to everybody’s face.
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- 12 wooden skewers, 6"
- 12 cups watermelon cubed
- 12 cups pineapple cubed
- 12 cups cantaloupe cubed
- 12 strawberries
- 3 mangoes peeled and cubed
- 12 blackberries
- 3 kiwi peeled, halved and sliced
- 4 oz strawberry yogurt
- 4 oz whipped topping
- Thread fruit onto wooden skewers.
- Combine fruit dip ingredients and stir well.
- Place skewers on a serving platter with dip.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)