Party Appetizer: Fruit Tapas!


Here's a fun idea for the summer party scene: fruit tapas!

This is spruced up fruit. Think Pepper-Balsamic Strawberries, Cayenne-Maple Cantaloupe and Almond Oranges. And more. We all love crunchy veggie appetizers, well lets give fruit a spruced up look. You always see the "fruit platter" looking so bare and - a little boring. Punch up the fruit flavors with subtle ingredient accents like spices, oils, vinegars, herbs and more.

This fruit tapas idea is especially cute for summer brunch parties. Give these snazzy recipes a try and get inspired to dream up your own fruit tapas ideas. Mint and wasabi marinated apples? Brown sugar and cinnamon soaked peaches? Grilled apricots soaked in vanilla and olive oil? So many ideas. Can you think of any?? Get my fruit tapas recipes here!

Here’s a fun way to spruce up your fruit: Fruit Tapas! Tapas basically means “small plates” and normally we think of small savory dishes like rice or veggies. But really, “tapas” can be anything you dream up and serve on a small plate – instead of say a giant platter of family style food or individual large plates. Here are four fun Fruit Tapas recipes…

Fruit Tapas for all!

Kids (and adults) will adore these creative fruit tapas simply because they are different. Fun. Creative. These fancy plates make eating fruit “surprising!” again. Change up the flavors and enhance the natural texture and sweetness of fruit by adding a few oddball ingredients…

I like to use exotic sugars, vinegars, acids like lemon and lime, spices like cinnamon, cayenne, pepper, sea salt – nuts, seeds, oils and more! Fruit is a beautiful sweet canvas to play with. Check these out..

basic directions for each: toss fruit in liquid and accent with spices/nuts

Fruit Tapas#1: Balsamic Pepper Strawberries
1 cup whole berries, de-stemmed and washed
1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
dash of fresh black pepper
dash of cayenne (optional)

Fruit Tapas #2: Peanut Crunch Cinna-Maple-Bananas (kid-approved!)
1 banana, sliced
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp peanuts
a few dashes of cinnamon on top

Fruit Tapas #3: Pyramid Cantaloupe
1 cup pyramid-sliced cantaloupe
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
dash of cayenne
dash of sea salt

Fruit Tapas #4: Almond Sugar Citrus
3/4 orange, sliced (rind on – seeds removed)
1/4 orange juiced
1 tbsp sliced almonds
pink of sea salt
1 tsp brown sugar (or maple syrup)

* for all recipes with maple you can easily sub with agave syrup

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