This easy fruit tray takes minutes to whip up and is the perfect treat at the end of a meal. Serve with whatever fruit is in season and dig in!

easy fruit trayPlanning and executing a meal can be a big feat, especially when you’re trying new recipes or multiple courses. We’re firm believers that meals should be simple enough to let you enjoy time with the people you’re serving…especially without a headache! While many of you may love the challenge of making fancy desserts (and I take my hat off to you!), most times I’m in need of a quick fix to end the meal on a sweet note.

We recently discovered the magic of serving a plate of fruit and chocolate – it’s tasty, elegant, and couldn’t be easier. We like serving everything on a large platter, allowing people to help themselves to after dinner treats. It’s amazing how refreshing fruit can be; along with reasonable portion of chocolate, it makes for a healthy option to end a meal. This easy fruit tray can be tailored to whatever’s in season, and you can serve the fruit whole (if it’s a small fruit like berries) or chopped.

As far as chocolate goes, the sky is the limit. For a splurge, we recommend Vosges (artisan chocolate founded by an Indiana native) – or support your hometown vendors and try a local option! I prefer a quality dark chocolate with my fruit, as the bitterness from the cacao complements the sweet fruit perfectly. A salted chocolate would also go nicely on a fruit tray, but honestly any chocolate will go down well with guests! Just make sure to keep your guests’ dietary needs in mind. When in doubt, opt for a vegan dark chocolate in case someone has a dairy intolerance.

What fruits are in season now?

Alex and I prefer purchasing whatever fruit is in season, as it’s usually cheaper and tastes much better than the out of season stuff (strawberries purchased in the middle of December are the absolute worst). Our favorite fruits to buy each season are as follows:

  • Spring—grapefruit, apples, and bananas (apples and bananas technically aren’t in season, but they still taste good during the spring)
  • Summer—Plums, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and melons.
  • Fall—apples, figs, grapes, and pomegranates.
  • Winter—Citrus fruits and pomegranates.

Looking for more easy fruit desserts?

This recipe is…

Vegan (using vegan chocolate), vegetarian, and gluten-free.

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Easy Fruit Tray with Chocolate

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


This easy fruit tray takes minutes to whip up and is the perfect treat at the end of a meal. Serve with whatever fruit is in season and dig in!


  • Fruit – grapes, apple slices, pear slices, apricots, figs, strawberries, and so forth
  • Chocolate – of your favorite variety!
  • Optional – cheese or nuts


  1. Wash fresh fruit; cut fruit into slices as necessary.
  2. Arrange artfully on a plate with chocolate and serve!
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy fruit tray

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. My sweet tooth is fairly non-discriminatory. This fruit and chocolate plate looks almost as good to me as does my elaborate layer cake. Yum!