By Kristi Winkels, RDN, LD
Snack boards, also known as charcuterie boards, are made by arranging a variety of bite-sized foods on a wooden board or a platter of some kind.
Creating a snack board is easy and can often be done using foods you already have on hand. In fact, it’s a great way to use up little bits of food that you have in your pantry and refrigerator. Plus, it’s like creating a work of art and can be a fun activity for the whole family!
What to include on a snack board
Snack boards usually include a variety of different tastes, textures, and colors. To keep your board simple, choose about five main items and then fill in with other smaller bites.
Here are just a few ideas of things you can choose from:
- Turkey rolls
- Pickled herring
- Cubes of chicken
- Mozzarella balls
- Cubed cheddar
- Cheese ball spread
- Slices of your favorite cheese
- Greek yogurt dill dip
- Greek yogurt drizzled with honey
- Thinly sliced apples or pears
- Pomegranate seeds
- Fresh berries
- Dried fruits like raisins, apricots, or dates
- Sliced cucumbers
- Baby carrots
- Mini peppers
- Pea pods
- Cubed jicama
- Cherry tomatoes
- Whole grain crackers
- Pita chips
- Bread sticks
- Thinly sliced baguette
- Roasted garbanzo beans
- Chocolate covered pretzels
- Almonds or other nuts
How to assemble your snack board
- Start by creating a "river" of one item from one end of the board to the other . This is often slices of meat or cheese (but it doesn't have to be!)
- Place a few small bowls throughout the board to use for smaller foods or those that have more moisture such as olives or pickles
- Fill in the open spaces with other items.
Have fun creating your very own edible work of art!