You have guests over, and you want to impress them with a healthy and fancy-looking treat, instead of simply serving a fruit salad. These 13 ideas will make your guests’ mouths water, and could also lure the most stubborn of kids to eat their greens. Do you know what the best part of this is? You don’t need to be some major expert to make these, they’re all incredibly easy to prepare!
1. A Fruity Bouquet
It might seem like a complicated piece, but it’s surprisingly simple. What do you need to make such a colorful and delicious bouquet? Easy. You’ll need fruits that are not too soft, such as grapes, melon, kiwi, pineapple, watermelon, etc. Use cookie cutters to cut the bigger fruits into fun shapes, and use a knife or a pair of scissors to make “leaves”. Next, use wooden skewers to make “kebabs” and place them in a floral sponge (or use a round lettuce or cabbage) base, and then place it in a serving container. Alternatively, you can use an overturned pasta strainer.
2. Caramelized Onion Flowers
Cut the tops of the onions and remove the skins, but make sure to leave the part containing the roots. Place the onion on the cut side, and make 8-16 cuts in each onion (depending on its size), about half an inch (1cm) from the roots.
Turn the onion over and very gently start separating the layers to create “petals”.
Place the onions in a lightly greased, tall pot over small-medium heat, with the roots up. Once the edges darken and become caramelized, take the onion out and viola.
3. Watermelon Hearts
Another simple-yet-impressive idea, a different way to serve watermelon to your guests. All you need is a sweet watermelon, heart-shaped cookie cutters (or any other shape you might want). You will need to slice the watermelon into even slices. Place a slice on a clean surface and use the cookie cutters to create your desired shapes. Remove the cut pieces and place them in a bowl. Place the remaining watermelon slices on a tray or plate, and fill the holes with berries, grapes, or small bits of fruit.
4. Cabbage Bowl
Do you want to serve your guests a healthy vegetable dip? Forget using a bowl, grab a nice, round cabbage instead.
Cut a thin slice off the bottom to make sure that the cabbage can stand up straight.
Once your cabbage stands on its own, cut a straight line off the top.
Remove the inside of the cabbage, but make sure not to remove too much, otherwise, the whole thing will fall apart.
Now you’ve got a charming bowl that you can fill up with the dip of your choice and serve with vegetable slices, as shown in the picture above.
5. Apple Swan
All you need is a sharp knife and a ripe apple to make this impressive edible decoration. The Apple Swan will make anyone happy, and your guests will be amazed that you can make such a great creation.
6. The Apple Bowl and Flower Combo
If we’re dealing with apples, why not add some more decorations to the mix? This piece is both useful and eye-catching, where the apple is both a serving bowl and a decorative piece.
What you’ll need: Apples, wooden skewers, a short, sharp knife, lemon, and some fruit salad.
Remove the stalks from each apple.
With the small knife, cut six tear-shaped cuts along the top of the apple.
Remove the top third of the apple, separating the cut parts from the rest of the apple, creating a flower shape.
Use the carving knife to make spaces between each tear.
Scoop out the insides of the apple’s other two-thirds and fill them up with the fruit salad.
To add the flower, break a skewer to the desired length, and stick the flower on top. Then shove the other end into the apple bowl.
7. A Pear Turkey
What a charming way to serve fruit: Pears, grapes, berries, raisins, and carrots are not only healthy but also wonderfully colorful. Use half a pear as the turkey’s body, half grapes to create the “feathers”, and add berries as decorations. Finally, cut carrot strips to add as feet and a beak, and serve it to your astonished guests.