These easy rainbow fruit cups are the perfect individual fruit cups for a party or quick snack! Fill with your favorite fruits for the perfect make-ahead healthy snack.
This post was originally published March 5, 2014. It has since been updated with fresh photos and helpful information.
- Quick and Easy: Less than 10 minutes to prep and assemble!
- Meal-Prep Snack: This fruit salad will last 3 to 4 days.
- Easy to Customize: Add your favorite fruits!
- Perfect Healthy Snack for Kids– Even the pickiest eater will love this fruit dish.
Ok, who else is completely obsessed with rainbow treats? We like to make this rainbow fruit salad for so many reasons. The bold colors layers in a glass are an easy way to make eating your fruit more appealing! They can also be made in advance which makes them the perfect meal-prep recipe!
Individual Fruit Cups for a Party
To achieve that rainbow look, I was strategic with my fruit choices. Below are the options we used for these rainbow fruit parfaits as well as substitution options for your healthy snack.
- Blackberries– Ripe blackberries pair beautifully with the other fruit in this recipe, but you could also substitute blueberries.
- Green Grapes– Bold, bright, delicious, and a fan favorite. Green grapes are perfect for adults and kids alike. Just make sure you slice them in 1/4’s to keep little ones from choking.
- Oranges– We love love love clementines when they are in season, but also are known to stay stocked on canned mandarin oranges. They are slightly sweet and are a fruit salad staple, in my opinion.
- Strawberries– The red in your rainbow! Strawberries are a great addition because they add a wonderful sweetness and pop of vibrant color.
- Pineapple– FRESH is best, but that is not always available. In that case, feel free to substitute with canned.
- Whipped cream or cool whip – This ingredient is completely optional, but can give you a touch of sweetness when needed. You can even find sugar free versions at most grocers.
Other fruit options:
Now that you have a breakdown of our go-to flavors for this simple fruit salad, let’s talk about some other great add-ins! The fruit below were not used in our mixture but have made an appearance in the recipe since we originally made it.
- Blueberries– Often times we find these in the grocery store and swap them out for the blackberries.
- Apples– Tart apples provide a fun pop of flavor while the sweeter honey crisp variety blends well with the existing profiles!
- Cantaloupe– When in season, cantaloupe adds orange color and delicious flavor.
- Honeydew– More green for your salad!
- Watermelon– Not our favorite, it tends to be watery, but loved by all little kids.
How to Make an Easy Fruit Salad:
Rainbow Fruit Cups:
- Layer each fruit in a glass or plastic cup.
- Top with whipped cream if desired.
- If making ahead of time, cover tightly with plastic wrap and keep stored in the refrigerator. Perfect fruit cups for a party.
Fresh Fruit Salad:
- Combine all fruit in a large mixing bowl.
- Gently toss to combine.
- Serve chilled with whipped cream.
Recipe Tips and FAQs
Fruit out of season and a little too tart? Toss a small spoonful of sugar over the berries before layering.
No. Fresh or canned fruit is best in this recipe. Frozen fruit will turn mushy as it thaws. This leaves you with a less appealing texture.
Looking to add a little more, or to make this a delicious brunch recipe? Add 1/4 cup of your favorite vanilla yogurt into the bottom of the cup before layering the fruit. Serve with homemade granola.
Tossing fruit together will shorten the timeframe that it stays fresh. This recipe is best served within a few hours of mixing, or at least within 24 hours.
More Fruit Recipes to Try:
- Easy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
- Fruit Punch
- Cinnamon Honey Fruit Dip
- Fruit Filled Popsicles
- Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups
- The Best Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
Rainbow Fruit Cups
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1/2 cup chopped kiwi
- 1/2 cup mandarin oranges
- 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
- 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
- Layer your fruit inside cups and serve with whipped cream or cool whip.
- Another option is to toss in a large bowl.
- Other fruit options: Blueberries, apples, kiwi, cantelope, honeydew or watermelon.
- How can you make this fruit salad sweeter?Fruit out of season and a little too tart? Toss a small spoonful of sugar over the berries before layering.
- Can you use frozen fruit?No. Fresh or canned fruit is best in this recipe. Frozen fruit will turn mushy as it thaws. This leaves you with a less appealing texture.
- How to turn this into a rainbow parfait?Looking to add a little more, or to make this a delicious brunch recipe? Add 1/4 cup of your favorite vanilla yogurt into the bottom of the cup before layering the fruit. Serve with homemade granola.
- How long does this recipe last?Tossing fruit together will shorten the timeframe that it stays fresh. This recipe is best served within a few hours of mixing, or at least within 24 hours.