Layered fruit salads are an easy and delicious way to create simple desserts in minutes. They also make a quick, light meal on a warm summer day or whenever you want a simple and refreshing meal.

Layered fruit salads are quick to make, look beautiful and create great taste with little effort. Anyone can create these simple salads and have a great dessert ready in minutes for yourself, family, and friends whenever you want.

You can serve these simple desserts on dessert plates, in parfait glasses, wine glasses, martini glasses or whatever you may have that will allow you to layer the ingredients. Be creative and let your imagination guide you.

Here are some great combinations and servings ideas to create layered fruit salads. These salads should be made as close to serving time as possible to prevent browning of fruit and provide the freshest taste.

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Fruit combination: bananas, peaches, apples

Fruit preparation: slice the bananas, pit and thinly slice the peaches, core and dice the apples

Layer ingredients: plain Greek style yogurt, cinnamon squares cereal

Serving Idea:
Layer ingredients in this order:
– sliced peaches
– plain Greek yogurt
– sliced bananas
– cinnamon squares
– diced apples
– yogurt

Repeat with as many layers as desired. End with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon over the top.

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Fruit combination: plums, nectarines

Fruit preparation: pit and thinly slice both the plums and nectarines (reserve a couple of slices of both fruits and cut into cubes for garnish)

Layer ingredients: sour cream, nutmeg, honey, sliced almonds

Serving Idea:
Layer ingredients in this order:
– sliced nectarines
– sour cream topped with a dusting of nutmeg and a drizzle of honey
– sliced plums
– sliced almonds
– sour cream with nutmeg and drizzle of honey

Top sour cream with some of the reserved cubes of fruit.

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Fruit combination: *mandarin oranges, pink or red grapefruit, avocado
(*note: canned (in juice) and drained mandarin orange segments may be used)

Fruit preparation: peel and section both the mandarin oranges and grapefruit, pit, peel and slice avocado

Layer ingredients: crumbled goat cheese, walnut pieces, grated ginger

Serving Idea:
Layer ingredients in this order:
– orange segments
– crumbled goat cheese
– walnut pieces
– grapefruit segments
– avocado slices
– grated ginger
– goat cheese
– walnut pieces

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Fruit combination: strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe

Fruit preparation: hull and slice strawberries, halve the cantaloupe, remove seeds, cut melon into small cubes

Layer ingredients: crumbled cinnamon graham crackers, semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, fresh mint leaves (minced), ricotta cheese flavored with cinnamon and honey

Serving Idea:
Layer ingredients in this order:
– crumbled graham crackers
– sliced strawberries
– blueberries
– chocolate chips
– a sprinkling of mint
– flavored ricotta
– sliced strawberries
– cantaloupe cubes
– a sprinkling of mint
– graham crackers
– flavored ricotta

Top this last layer of ricotta with a few blueberries and a sprinkling of mint and chocolate chips. You could also serve whole graham crackers on the side too.

Laura Cockerell is a food and health enthusiast who has enjoyed cooking from an early age. Her website at http://www.quick-salad-recipes.com, which includes more layered fruit salads, offers easy solutions to healthy meal preparation by providing a large selection of simple, quick, and budget friendly recipes that include salads along with a wide variety of healthy and flavorful meal recipes that require a minimum of ingredients, time, effort, and clean-up for the time-pressed world we live in.