Learn how to make a fruit bouquet, the easy way! This vibrant dragon fruit recipe only takes 25 minutes to make using 5 ingredients: white-flesh dragon fruit, green grapes, strawberries, kale, and cabbage. Perfect for Valentine’s day, mother’s day or even as wedding centrepieces.
Cut the dragon fruit into 0.5” thick round slices.
Prepare the cabbage base. (Note: This is the base that the fruit skewers will stick into). Cut the cabbage so it fills 1/3 the volume of a 4.5” dia x 4.25” tall vase. Place the cabbage in the vase.
Prepare the kale garnish for the dragon fruit skewers. Remove the stem of 4 leaves. Rip up the leaves so they’re roughly 2” x 4” strips. Set aside. (Note: This doesn’t have to be perfect).
Prepare the kale for filler in the bouquet. Keep the stem on the remaining kale leaves and set a side. (If your kale looks dried out and limp, see notes below).
For the 14” long dragon fruit skewers, add 5 green grapes to a 14” bamboo skewer. Fold the 2” x 4” kale leaves, then add it to the skewer. (Note: the green grapes will prevent the kale from sliding down the skewer). Add the dragon fruit slice. (Note: make sure the skewer pierces the bottom and topside of the skin, otherwise the dragon fruit will fall off). Make 2 in total.
For the 10” long dragon fruit skewers, repeat the same instructions for the 14” long dragon fruit skewers, except only use 1 green grape. Make 5 in total.
For the strawberry skewer, add 5 green grapes then a strawberry to a 14” bamboo skewer. Make 6 in total.
To assemble the fruit bouquet, centre the two 14” long dragon fruit skewers in the middle of the cabbage. Add the five 10” long dragon fruit skewers forming a circle around the 14” long dragon fruit skewers. Add the six strawberry skewers in-between the five 10” long dragon fruit skewers. Fill in the outer gaps of the bouquet with the remaining kale leaves (with stems attached).
1. For the full list of tools, check out my blog post.2. For ease, you can prepare the fruit skewers the day before, then assemble the bouquet the day of. Remember to store the fruit skewers in an air tonight container or cover them with plastic wrap.3. If the kale dries out and looks limp, soak it in a bowl of water for 15 minutes. Make sure to cover the entire kale and it will spring back to life.4. Since there are various types of kale, this kale guide will help you spot curly kale at the grocery store. If curly kale is unavailable, red kale works too!