This Halloween fruit salad is a great way to offer wholesome fruit as a healthy treat while maintaining a spooky style. Watermelon is carved like a jack-o-lantern and stuffed with fresh fruit that spills out of its mouth. It’s the perfect all-natural treat to get the kids involved, and it will surely get gobbled up in no time.
I’m having so much fun with my new Halloween recipes. And this fruit cocktail is no exception!
- Just like with jack-o-laterns, be careful when carving out the watermelon face.
- You want to keep some watermelon around the eye area so that it looks red when you look in the eye holes (instead of seeing just white watermelon rind).
- Add the blackberries separately, so they don’t get smashed, and place them on top of the other fresh fruit.
- Cut the fruit into smaller, bite-sized pieces so it’s easier to eat.
How to store
You can store any remaining fruit in the fridge for a couple of days. After that, the fruit might become watery and soft.
Does lemon juice help keep fruit salad fresh?
Yes, it does. Lemon juice contains citric acid, and this helps protect the fruit from oxidation which is what makes fruit like apples turn brown when exposed to air. But with the pineapple in here doing the same job, I don’t think lemon juice is necessary.
Can I use frozen fruit in this recipe?
You can if you want, but I would go with the freshest fruit. Frozen berries and fruit are better in smoothies than in fruit salad.
If you decide to use it anyway, the texture might be a little off, and it might look a little messier, so beware.
Can I make it ahead of time?
Not exactly. You can cut the melon and peel the clementines to reduce prep time but not much longer than a day.
You can also carve out the watermelon-jack-o-lantern face, but I would do so the day/morning of the event.
Watermelon, like bananas, doesn’t hold up for long periods of time, so I would recommend prepping the watermelon and fruit on the day of the event.
If you’re serving this fruit cocktail at an adult event, you might consider some aromatic herbs like fresh mint to add to the mix and serve it in frosted cocktail glasses!
If you prefer one fruit over another, you can make this fruit salad the way you like. But remember, if you add fruit like apples or bananas, add them at the very last moment because they will turn brown.
More healthy Halloween treats
I’ve got lots of Halloween treats, so you have lots of options. Here are some of my favorites.
- These Pumpkin Spice Macarons with jack-o-lantern faces are perfect for pumpkin season!
- These Ghost Meringues are adorable and easier to make than you might think.
- These Halloween Hot Chocolate Bombs are like magic in a mug and make great party favors.
- These Witch Finger Cookies are super for Halloween. They’re whole wheat and made healthier with strawberry jam and not food coloring.
If you make this Halloween fruit salad, please snap a pic and tag #easywholesome so I can see your creation! Have fun!
Halloween Fruit Salad
- 1 mini seedless watermelon
- watermelon chunks from the watermelon cut into 1” chunks
- 1 small pineapple cut into 1” chunks
- 6 oz blackberries
- 6 oz blueberries
- 1 small honeydew melon one that’s green inside, cut into 1” chunks
- 4 clementines peeled and separated into pieces
- Slice off just enough from the bottom of the watermelon so that it can sit flat and stably on the serving plate.
- Use a pen to draw on the face.
- Very carefully, use a paring knife to cut out the face. The face should be large enough that you can easily use a spoon inside the watermelon.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the watermelon around the mouth area. You want to keep some watermelon around the eye area so that it looks red when you look in the eye holes (instead of seeing just white watermelon rind).
- Place the watermelon in a large mixing bowl and combine with all the other ingredients, except the blackberries.
- Mix until combined.
- Place the watermelon on a large serving plate.
- Place some of the fruit salad in the watermelon mouth and some of it on the plate.
- Spread the blackberries evenly around the fruit cup (you add them separately so that they don’t get smashed).
- If you have leftovers, remove them from the watermelon, place in an airtighter container, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.