If you’ve been following my Instagram lately, you’ve noticed that I am obsessed with snack platters! They are my favorite way to feed the kids after school or entertain guests before dinner is served. I have even brought them to theater rehearsals and school when it’s my turn to bring snack. Whether I need an appetizer to accompany cocktails, snacks for book club, or eats for a party, snack platters are a beautiful way to feed people.
They offer variety so there is something for everyone, and it allows you to pull lots of snacks together in one place for easy serving and eating. They wow guests with their presentation and can be thrown together with whatever you have in the fridge or pantry. Below are some simple tips that I follow when putting together my snack platters.
1. Incorporate lots of crunch.
People love crunch! Crackers and crunchy eats must be part of the platter. Beyond crackers, think pretzels, popcorn, vegetable chips, nuts, and whatever else you and your family likes crunch on!
2. Add color and variety with vegetables.
Balance out the crunchies with fresh vegetables that also offer the crunch factor, but also color and variety. Serve them plain or drizzle them with fresh lemon or lime juice and your favorite seasoning for something a little fancier. Don’t forget marinated or pickled vegetables and yummies like olives, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and cornichons.
3. Give people something to dip into.
With all of the crackers and veggies, every snack platter needs spreads and dips. My favorites are hummus, salsa, and dairy-free cheeses from Kite Hill and Miyoko’s kitchen. Olive tapenades and pestos are also a tasty option on snack platters.
4. Add something sweet with fruit.
Whether you go with fresh or dried, fruit is a sweet addition to any snack platter.
I have two snack platters that I purchased at Target. One is a large, oval wood rimmed platter that I stack with ramekins and small bowls for dips. I have another white ceramic rectangular platter that I also purchased at Target. This one is a bit more elegant and also works well for placing bowls on top of it for spreads.
I find my snack platters to be a creative way for me to have fun in the kitchen. I truly see it as an outlet for my creativity. Have fun and get inspired with one of these snack platters below.
Welcome the kids home from school with this fun platter full of popcorn, Beanfields chips and some other faves like olives and sun-dried tomatoes.
Go beyond cheese and crackers for happy hour with this snack platter that pairs nicely with wine. I also added Crunchsters protein snack, root vegetable chips, and seasoned nuts.
I served this appetizer platter last weekend before a Latin themed dinner that I made. In addition to tortilla chips and salsa, I also added homemade pico de gallo and guacamole, along with store bought dips like avocado hummus. Jicama, cucumbers and radishes round out the platter.
This dessert platter from Fork & Beans gets me so excited! A chocolate log, bark, fruit and cookies are such an inspired way to serve dessert to a crowd.
What are some of your favorite snack platters to serve your family and friends?