Seven Layer Fruit Salad with Simple Sauce

With layers of seven different fruits in alternating colors, and an amazing simple sauce, this Seven Layer Fruit Salad makes it exciting to eat a rainbow!  With layers of seven different fruits in alternating colors, and an amazing simple sauce, this Seven Layer Fruit Salad makes it exciting to eat a rainbow!

I created this Seven Layer Fruit Salad years ago–and I did it in response to a prompt.  If I were going to make a unique seven-layer salad, what would I do?

With layers of seven different fruits in alternating colors, and an amazing simple sauce, this Seven Layer Fruit Salad makes it exciting to eat a rainbow!

Elegant enough to serve with wine 🙂

The answer was easy, I said, I’d do it with fruit!  A journalist friend tested the recipe and it was published in newspapers all over (with attribution, thank you!).  I just hope that’s not my only 15 minutes of fame!  

With layers of seven different fruits in alternating colors, and an amazing simple sauce, this Seven Layer Fruit Salad makes it exciting to eat a rainbow!

Blackberries mounded on top 🙂

The original inspiration for the Seven Layer Fruit Salad is even older, dating back to a college semester in Dublin, living with a Cordon Bleu cook.  Her version (in no layers) was made extra special by macerating the fruit. She added a little sugar and orange juice, which drew out the fruit juices to make a wonderful sauce!  Whodda’ thought!  With layers of seven different fruits in alternating colors, and an amazing simple sauce, this Seven Layer Fruit Salad makes it exciting to eat a rainbow!

That salad has been a favorite ever since, but this seven-layer version is even more special, since it is served layered in a trifle dish (any large glass serving dish will do).  Talk about eating a rainbow! With layers of seven different fruits in alternating colors, and an amazing simple sauce, this Seven Layer Fruit Salad makes it exciting to eat a rainbow!

The fruit I use varies, based on what is in season.  I precut it into individual bowls (one per fruit) and move them around into a pattern I like.  Today’s seven-layer fruit salad has (from bottom to top) plums, honeydew, peaches, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, blackberries! 

With layers of seven different fruits in alternating colors, and an amazing simple sauce, this Seven Layer Fruit Salad makes it exciting to eat a rainbow!

Arranging layers

With layers of seven different fruits in alternating colors, and an amazing simple sauce, this Seven Layer Fruit Salad makes it exciting to eat a rainbow!

Sprinkling with sugar

With layers of seven different fruits in alternating colors, and an amazing simple sauce, this Seven Layer Fruit Salad makes it exciting to eat a rainbow!

Topping with OJ

Enjoy the bountiful fall!

Seven Layer Fruit Salad
 
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With layers of seven different fruits in alternating colors, and an amazing simple sauce, this Seven Layer Fruit Salad makes it exciting to eat a rainbow!
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 14 cups of cut up fruit, 2 cups each of 7 varieties (see notes)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 orange
Instructions
  1. Layer the cut fruit in a trifle dish (or other glass dessert bowl) one fruit at a time. Sprinkle ½ - 1 teaspoon of sugar on top of each of the first six layers. Alternate fruit colors to make a pleasing arrangement.
  2. Squeeze the juice from one orange on top of the final layer. Refrigerate for an hour or two to allow the juices to combine.

 

8 thoughts on “Seven Layer Fruit Salad with Simple Sauce

  1. Juliana

    Hi Inger,

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog…your seven layers of fruit looks fabulous…so pretty and inviting…I bought a trifle dish and had not a chance to use…now I have…
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    How cool that you had your 15 minutes of fame!! I love it! And I love this fruit salad. It’s eating the rainbow as well as a lot of nutrition and yumminess!!

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