This super easy red, white, and blue USA flag fruit platter is sure to impress at your Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day parties!
Bonus: This patriotic fruit platter serves a crowd for under $10!
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It’s Memorial Day weekend, the official start of summer!
I love making patriotic themed recipes for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day, but most of the US flag fruit platters are time intensive—I’d rather spend my long weekend relaxing than cutting star shapes out of watermelon with cookie cutters (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). And if the party isn’t at my house, how the heck do I get perfectly lined up red, white, and blue fruit skewers across town without them rolling all over my car?
Another issue I have with a more structured US flag fruit platter is that it only looks amazing until people start eating it—then all of that hard work mushes together or rolls out of place.
This easy patriotic fruit platter stays gorgeous until the last bite! The stripes do get muddled as people dish it up, but it looks like gorgeous mixed melon!
Make this Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Fruit Platter! It’s not too structured—but everyone will definitely recognize it as a fun, edible tribute to the USA flag!
Assembling the USA Flag Fruit Platter
- This Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Fruit Platter takes about 30 minutes from start to finish to cut up fruit and assemble this fruit platter big enough to serve a crowd of 25–50!
- You can use any containers you like, but a deep dish will look better and hold more than a platter. I use this huge deep dish container for the stripes and the small (3.7 cups) square-top container from this set for the stars. I pop the lid on and the stripes don’t move around during transport! Use these matching long tongs for the melon so the serving spoon doesn’t fall in (germy!), and a serving spoon for the blueberries.
- Make sure your blueberries are very dry; if they are, you can assemble this patriotic fruit platter up to 2 days ahead!
- Follow the assembly directions on the printable recipe card below!
Serve a crowd at your summer party for less than $10!
- Watermelon, blueberries, and honeydew are all in season from Memorial Day through Labor Day—take advantage of the great sales you’ll find on these summer fruits!
- If you want to make this US flag fruit platter even more budget friendly, use more watermelon and less honeydew: place half of the watermelon on the bottom of the deep dish container first, then form your stripes.
- This huge fruit platter serves 25–50 Serving size depends on the number of other side dishes and desserts at the party; this recipe makes about 25 cups of fruit.
- For under $10 you can make a generous and impressive healthy dessert or side dish for your next summer party! Check out the cost breakdown:
Red, White, and Blue US Flag Fruit Platter Recipe
|Total Cost||$9.73||50 half cup servings||25 one cup servings|
|Cost per serving||$0.20||$0.39|
5 x 4oz at $0.88 each
2 x 2.75 lbs at $0.79 per lb
|Watermelon (seedless) at $0.98 each||$0.98|
Um…this USA Flag fruit platter is Red, Green, and Blue! What’s the deal?
Yes, honeydew is green! But consider the other cheap and readily available “white” fruits: bananas and apples. Bananas get mushy, and apples are not in season in summer.
Honeydew is light enough to pass for white, and honeydew and watermelon play nicely together — both in texture and taste!
A great alternative to honeydew in this recipe is pineapple. You’ll need 4 pineapples instead of 2 honeydews — and you’ll need to plan ahead to give the pineapples a few days to ripen. For last minute parties, go with the honeydew.
- 20 oz fresh blueberries, washed and dried completely [five 4oz containers.]
- 1 seedless watermelon (approximately 10 lbs whole); washed.
- 2 honedew melons (approximately 5.5 lbs total, whole); washed.
- Cut watermelon and honeydew into bite size chunks.
- Insert a square-top rectangular container [taller than it is wide] into the top left corner of a rectangular deep dish container oriented horizonally.
- Fill the square-top container with blueberries.
- Starting and ending with watermelon, make horizontal stripes with watermelon and honeydew.
- Cover and refrigerate for up to two days.
- Serve cold or at room temperature.