How do you make a fresh snack board?

Welcome to this blog post about how to make a fresh appetizer board! Are you always looking for new inspiration and tips to surprise your guests during a fun drinks evening? In this article we share the best ingredients and handy tricks to put together an irresistible snack board. Sit back, grab a glass and let's start creating a tasty and beautifully presented appetizer board. Enjoy reading!

What do you need?

If you want to put together a delicious drinks platter that will impress your guests, the right ingredients are essential. Here are the basic components that should not be missing from your drinks board:


  • Brie: The soft and creamy taste of Brie goes perfectly with fruit and nuts.
  • Manchego: A Spanish sheep's cheese with a nutty flavor that goes well with meats.
  • Gorgonzola: For lovers of blue-veined cheese, Gorgonzola is a must-have on the shelf.


  • Prosciutto: A lightly salted Italian dried ham that melts on your tongue.
  • Salami: Italian salami adds a spicy flavor to the platter.
  • Chorizo: For a little spice and spice on your plate.


  • Grapes: Both red and white grapes provide a sweet and fresh break.
  • Figs: Fresh figs add a delicious sweet touch to the plank.
  • Apples: Sliced apples are refreshing and make a nice addition to the whole.


  • Almonds: Deliciously roasted almonds add a crunchy texture.
  • Cashew nuts: Cashews offer a mild flavor and are loved by many.
  • Walnuts: The earthy flavor of walnuts goes well with various cheeses.


  • Hummus: A classic on every snack board, perfect for dipping vegetables.
  • Pesto: A tasty addition that goes well with bread and cheese.
  • Date paste: For a sweet twist that goes well with both cheeses and meats.

By combining these diverse ingredients, you create a harmony of flavors and textures that your guests will surely appreciate. Experiment with different brands and products to put together your ideal drinks board and spoil your guests with an unforgettable taste experience. Have fun creating your perfect drinks board!

Layout and presentation

Putting together a drinks board is an art in itself. But you make the real difference by paying attention to the layout and presentation of the shelf. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that your drinks board not only tastes delicious, but also looks beautiful.

1. Choose the right shelf

Start by choosing a suitable board for your drinks board. Wooden cutting boards or marble serving boards are popular choices that provide a rustic look. For a more contemporary look, you can opt for a slate serving board.

2. Divide and conquer

Make sure there is a good distribution of the different types of snacks on the shelf. For example, place cheeses, meats, nuts, and fruits in separate sections. Use small bowls for dips, such as hummus or olive tapenade, to avoid spills.

3. Use colorful ingredients

Add colorful ingredients to make your drinks board visually appealing. Think red tomatoes, green grapes, purple figs, and yellow olives. Combine different textures and shapes to make it interesting.

4. Work with variation and contrast

Ensure a good balance between different flavors and textures on the shelf. Combine soft cheeses with crusty bread, spicy sausages with sweet fruits, and salty nuts with creamy dips.

5. Use garnishes

Use fresh herbs, such as parsley, basil, or thyme, as a garnish for your snack board. This not only adds a nice green color, but also enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.

With these tips and tricks you can transform your drinks board into a feast for the eyes and a feast for the taste buds. Experiment with different combinations and keep playing with the presentation until you find the perfect balance. Have fun and enjoy your meal!

Combinations and variations

Appetizer boards are a great way to spoil your guests with a range of flavours, textures and aromas. Combining different ingredients in a smart way can take your drinks board to the next level. Here are some tips and suggestions to make your drinks platter unique and unforgettable:

Cheese and Charcuterie

  • Combination 1: A creamy Brie with a spicy chorizo
  • Combination 2: A sharp Gouda cheese with a soft salami
  • Combination 3: Blue cheese with a dry ham, such as Serrano ham

Bread and Crackers

  • Variation 1: In addition to regular baguette, also add olive bread or nut bread for extra flavor
  • Variation 2: Crackers with sea salt and rosemary for a crunchy texture
  • Variation 3: Thin slices of toasted sourdough bread for an authentic touch

Dips and Spreads

  • Combination 1: Hummus with roasted peppers
  • Combination 2: Herb cream cheese with candied onion
  • Combination 3: Guacamole with mango salsa for a fresh twist

Nuts and Dried Fruit

  • Variation 1: Roasted almonds with dried apricots
  • Variation 2: Cashew nuts with cranberries for a sweet and savory contrast
  • Variation 3: Pistachios with figs for a Mediterranean flavor explosion

Additional Suggestions

  • Choose locally produced cheeses and meats for an authentic taste experience
  • Experiment with spicy mustard, fig chutney or truffle honey as additional seasonings
  • Present your drinks board on a beautiful wooden cutting board with some fresh herbs for decoration

With these suggestions and combinations you can put together an irresistible drinks board that will certainly impress your guests. Try mixing and matching different flavors to create your own unique appetizer masterpiece!

Drinks and serving tips

Putting together a perfect drinks board goes beyond just selecting snacks. The choice of drinks and how you present them can add value to your guests' overall experience. Read on to discover which drinks go well with a snack board and get useful serving tips to give your guests an unforgettable taste experience.

Perfect combinations


  • Pinot Noir
    • Goes well with soft cheeses and charcuterie. Attempted Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir for a refined touch.
  • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Fresh and fruity, perfect with goat cheese and fresh vegetables. Choose the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc for a delicious combination.


  • IPA
    • The hoppy taste goes well with spicy cheeses and meats. Attempted Beavertown Gamma Ray APA for a unique twist.
  • Wheat beer
    • Refreshing and ideal with light snacks such as olives and hummus. Choose the Hoegaarden White for a classic taste experience.

Serving tips

  • Temperature: Make sure white wines and beers are well chilled, while red wines should be served slightly below room temperature.
  • Glasses: Use the right glassware for each drink – wine glasses for wine, beer glasses for beer – to maximize the aromas and flavors.
  • Water: Always offer water to neutralize and hydrate the taste buds between tasting different drinks.
  • Table decoration: Add fresh herbs or fruit to the presentation for a colorful and tasty touch.

With these tips and ideas you can transform your drinks board into a culinary party that your guests will talk about for a long time. Cheers to delicious flavors and good company!

Let the flavor explosion begin

After reading this blog post you will be ready to make your own fresh snack board. Unleash your creativity and enjoy putting together and sharing these delicious treats with your friends and family!

Frequently asked questions about our drinks boards

What are good additions besides cheese for a varied snack board?

In addition to cheese, good additions to a varied snack board include different types of charcuterie (such as salami, prosciutto or chorizo), olives, grapes, nuts, crackers, baguette, hummus, tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes, and possibly some small blocks of chocolate. This combination creates a diverse and tasty snack board. Enjoy it!

Which types of cheese go best on a fresh snack board?

Various types of cheese fit perfectly on a fresh snack board. For a varied taste experience, it is best to choose a combination of soft and hard cheeses. Consider, for example, brie, goat cheese, aged cheese and blue cheese. Due to this variation in taste and texture, everyone will find something to their liking on the drinks board. Add some nuts, grapes and baguette and you have a delicious and varied snack board! Have fun and enjoy it!

Which types of bread and crackers are ideal to serve with a snack board?

Various types of bread and crackers are suitable for a snack board. For example, you can serve baguette, ciabatta, olive bread, nut bread or sourdough bread. Crackers such as whole wheat crackers, rye crackers and linseed crackers are also good choices. These variants not only add variety to the board, but also go well with different types of cheese, meats and dips. It is wise to provide both soft and crispy options, so that there is something for everyone on the snack board. Good luck and happy eating!

How can you make the presentation of a fresh snack board attractive?

To make the presentation of a fresh snack board attractive, you can take various elements into consideration. Ensure there is a good variety of colours, textures and flavors on the shelf. Choose different types of cheese, meats, fruits, nuts and dips that complement each other and provide visual appeal. Place the items on the shelf in an attractive way by alternating shapes and heights. You can also use decorative items such as fresh herbs or flowers to brighten up the presentation. Don't forget to add small bowls for sauces and skewers for convenience. This way you make your fresh drinks board visually attractive and inviting for your guests!

Are there specific types of vegetables or fruits that go well with a snack board?

Certainly! For a snack board, it is best to choose fruits and vegetables that have a nutty, sweet or savory taste. Think of grapes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrot and radishes. These are often well received on a snack board and go well with various dips and cheeses. You can also add dried fruit, such as dates or figs, for a sweet touch. Try varying colors and textures for a tasty and attractive snack board! Have fun putting together!

Which meats are suitable for a fresh snack board?

Various meats are suitable for a fresh snack board. Some popular options include dry sausage, sliced salami, raw ham, coppa di parma and pastrami. These meats all taste delicious and combine well with different types of cheese, fruit and nuts. It is a matter of personal preference which meats you choose for your snack board. Have fun putting it together and enjoy your drink!

What is the best way to prepare and store a fresh snack board before it is served?

To optimally prepare and store a fresh snack board before it is served, there are a few important steps you can follow. First of all, it is important to ensure fresh and good quality ingredients. Choose a variety of cheeses, meats, crackers, fruit and nuts for a balanced flavor combination.

Once you have put together the snack board, it is best to cover it with cling film or a lid to maintain freshness. Then store the plank in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It is advisable not to prepare the plank too early, as some products remain fresh for less time outside the refrigerator.

When serving, make sure that you let the platter come to room temperature so that the flavors come into their own. If necessary, add some fresh herbs or dipping sauces just before serving the plank for an extra taste experience. This way you can fully enjoy a delicious fresh snack board!



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