If you’re like me and love to snack, you’ll go NUTS for this easy-to-make meat & cheese / charcuterie / whatever you want to call it- snack board. Not only does it look gorgeous, it’ll be the centerpiece of any party you bring it to or better yet, keep it casual and make it as a family lunch or dinner. It’s easy to throw together and gives people the chance to choose based on their likings.
Before I get into it, I just want to preface with saying that it’s taken me quite a while + dozens of attempts at making a boards look even slightly this good and I know it can look even better!! Practice makes perfect 😉
I’ve found the trick to be that you need more food than you think can fit on the serving tray or board. And to be honest, I love when it looks overcrowded & plentiful– the more the better! This way it’ll look and feel chock-full of yummy ready-to-eat finger foods. Depending on what you have in your fridge + what you grabbed at the store, you’ll want to chop veggies into strips and/or thick-cut diagonal coins like the cucumbers featured above (my favorite way to cut veggies). If you focus on including healthy fats, protein, complex carbs, and fiber, it won’t matter if you choose this to be your dinner because you covered all your bases.
My Top 5 Tips For A Top-Notch Snack Board
1. KEEP IT COLORFUL
With a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats & cheeses, you’ll be sure to grab the attention of everyone’s differing preferences. When putting together ingredients for your board, make sure to have an array of colors and options. Go for vibrant looking fruits such as oranges, strawberries, pomegranates, and vegetables such as radish, cucumber, carrot sticks, and bell peppers.
2. DESIGN COUNTS
When you begin to assemble, make sure you start with one item… let’s go with crackers. Lay your crackers out in different sections scattered across the board. Next up: the meat. Arrange the meat in the same fashion, in different sections + presentations across the board, and so on. Once it starts filling up with all of your ingredients, that’s when you can start packing in those empty spots with the foods that you need more of.
3. HAVE A MIXTURE OF SWEET + SAVORY ITEMS
Not only should a top-notch board offer a mix of hearty foods like vegetables, meat and cheese (organic, if possible!), crackers (my favorites include Simple Mills, Jilz Crackers, brown rice crackers), healthy fats like olives, and raw nuts, but it should also offer sweeter options like fresh berries, manuka honey, and maybe even some dark chocolate if we’re feelin’ crazy. Again, you want to cater to all preferences, as well as catering to the occasion!
4. BRING ON THE DIPS
Every board should have 1+ dips available. My favorites include manuka honey (as featured on this board above), different varieties of hummus, olive tapenade, pesto, jams, mustards, tomato bruschetta… the opportunities are endless. Hope Hummus or Majestic Sprouted hummus are a few great junk-free brands and definitely my favorites. Also Trader Joe’s olive tapenade– found next to the canned olives in the dry section!
5. UTILIZE THE INGREDIENTS YOU ALREADY HAVE
It’s not always about hitting the grocery store and spending $$$ on a snack board. Trust me, you probably already have several ingredients that would go perfectly with your snack board. Have a can of chickpeas? Roast them with warm spices! Throw them into a small bowl on the board and they’ll add the perfect crunch. Have leftover roasted veggies? Perfect! Things like roasted sweet potato, carrots, parsnips, etc. are great for vessels to dip. Have a few tortillas sitting in the fridge? Cut them into triangles, spray with olive oil and season with salt to bake in the oven– tortilla chips never tasted better!