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Rainbow Fruit in a Jar

This rainbow fruit in a jar is such a fun snack that everyone in the family will love. It’s a delicious way for you and your kids to get healthy, fresh food.

2 jars filled with a variety of fruit

I love how easy it is to make a jar fruit salad. In fact, you can line up some mason jars and make a bunch of them almost as easily as you can make one. 

Mason Jar Fruit Salad for the Family

This is one of those recipes that everyone in the family will love. Between the colorful rainbow colors and the sweetness of fresh fruit, it checks all of the boxes.

If you have children get them involved in the process. I found that when my daughters helped, they appreciated the food much more.

You have so many different options for serving fruit salads. They can be the salad before the meal, the dessert, or even a refreshing afternoon snack.


Although the ingredients are flexible, I highly recommend choosing a variety of colors to make it a true rainbow salad.

bowls of fresh fruit - watermelon, tangerine, kiwi, and grapes

Here are the ingredients I used:

  • Kiwis
  • Tangerines (or small oranges)
  • Grapes
  • Watermelon
  • Lemon juice or lime juice
  • Honey (or maple syrup)
lime juice and honey

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

I like to add strawberries and blueberries when they’re in season, but I didn’t have any when I made these.

You can also add pieces of these yummy air fryer pineapple rings to your fruit salad. The key is to combine what’s in season to whatever you happen to have on hand.

Tools to Make Your Rainbow Fruit Salad

You don’t need a lot of tools, but there are a few essentials. First, you’ll need mason jars to put the fruit in, hence the name “fruit in a mason jar.”

Make sure you wash the jars thoroughly before adding any of the ingredients. I usually run mine through the dishwasher.

mason jars with lids

You’ll also need a bowl and a spoon. That’s about it.

I like to get all of the fruit prepped before I start assembling to make the process go much more quickly.

peeling the tangerines

How to Make Rainbow Fruit in a Jar

First, whisk the honey and lemon juice in a small bowl. I like to make sure it’s well mixed to keep from getting pockets of flavor that are either too sweet or too sour.

whisking lime juice with honey

Assembling your fruit salad is so easy you can probably do it in your sleep. However, I follow a method that prevents the sauce (dressing) from making the fruit mushy.

The first thing I do is put the dressing in the bottom of the jars. Then I stack the fruit in the jars, starting with the grapes.

honey-lime mixture and grapes in a mason jar

After you get above the dressing line, go ahead and stack the fruit according to color to create a pretty rainbow effect.

The more colorful the fruit the prettier it is.

fruit packed in mason jars

Transport the fruit salad with the jars right side up.

Then before you’re ready to eat it, turn the jars upside down. You can even shake it a little to coat all of the fruit with the sweet-and-tart sauce.

fruit in upside down mason jar

How to Serve Rainbow Fruit in a Jar

One way to serve this delicious treat is right out of the jar, Eat it with either a spoon or fork, whichever is easier to get it from the jar to your mouth.

pouring fruit out of the jar into a bowl
bowl of mixed fruit

I also enjoy putting it in a bowl and topping it with a dollop of something else, like yogurt, sour cream, or whipped cream.

bowl of mixed fruit topped with yogurt

You can even sprinkle a little cinnamon over the top.

How Long Will Fruit in a Jar Be Good?

When I make these delicious fruit salads, I typically make enough for 2 or 3 days. Then I put the lids on the jars and store them in the refrigerator.

So far, the fruit salads have been good for 3 days because they’re in airtight containers. I wouldn’t expect them to taste as good after that.

bowl and jars of fruit

More Fruit Recipes

Fruit is packed with vitamins that keep the body healthy. So we try to eat as much as possible. 

Sometimes we have the fruit, either whole or sliced. But I also try to incorporate it into recipes for salads, desserts, or the main dish.

Here are some of our favorite fruit recipes:

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait – We love this delicious treat for breakfast, dessert, or a special snack!

Creamy Cool Fruit Salad – Although this dish is called a fruit salad, it’s more like a dessert! So yummy!

Granola Fruit Crisp – Make this with apples, blueberries, cherries, or whatever you prefer. My favorite way to serve it is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Fruit Kabobs – There’s something special about eating fruit off of a stick. Most kids love it, especially when you serve it with some yummy yogurt dip.

Pineapple Cobbler Overnight Oats – Dessert for breakfast? Yes, absolutely! Make this wonderful treat from Call Me PMc for your family, and they’ll beg for more!

Mandarin Orange Ginger Chicken – All of the flavors of this magnificent dish come together in a way that makes it taste like you’ve been standing over the stove all day. But it’s actually quick and easy!

Blueberry Sauce – I love blueberry sauce over ice cream, oatmeal, waffles, cheesecake … or any kind of cake!

Stuffed Dates – Most of the time I make these as appetizers. But whatever’s left, if there are any left, I enjoy them for a snack the next day!

Strawberry Topping – Like the blueberry topping above, this is good on cheesecake or whatever you want to put it on!

Yield: 2 servings

Rainbow Fruit in a Mason Jar

fruit salad in a mason jar

Rainbow fruit in a mason jar is a colorful, delicious, and nutritious treat for any time of day!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 kiwis
  • 2 tangerines (or small oranges), peeled and separated into sections
  • 1/2 cup grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup watermelon, cut in bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup)


  1. Combine the honey and lemon juice in a small bowl. Whisk them together until they’re well mixed. Taste it. If you think it needs to be sweeter or more sour, add more honey or lemon juice.
  2. Pour half of the mixture into each of 2 mason jars.
  3. Stack the fruit in the jars, starting with the pieces that have the firmest exterior. In this case, I started with the grapes.
  4. Add the remaining fruit on top of the bottom layer, arranging the colors in the order you like.
  5. Put the lids on the jars and tighten them. Refrigerate these jars of fruit salad until you are ready to enjoy them.
  6. Right before you open the jars, turn them upside down so the honey-lemon mixture will coat the fruit. 
  7. After a minute or two, you can either eat the fruit right out of the jar or pour it into a bowl. Eat it as-is or top it with yogurt, sour cream, or ice cream.


You can use either lemon or lime juice. Also include any kind of fruit you like.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 160Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 4gSugar 33gProtein 2g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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