How do you make a tapas snack board?

This step-by-step guide explains how to make a perfect tapas platter for parties and social gatherings. Learn how to put together a varied selection of snacks and snacks to spoil your guests with a delicious and cozy drink. Follow the steps and enjoy the preparation and eating!


Gather ingredients

Gather an assortment of fresh and flavorful ingredients to create a delicious antipasto platter. Start by selecting juicy olives, such as green Castelvetrano and black Kalamata olives. Add a variety of cheese, such as spicy Parmesan, creamy Mozzarella and soft goat cheese. Then choose a selection of cold cuts, such as prosciutto, salami and coppa. Also don't forget to add some crunchy nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, for extra crunch. Finally, select freshly baked bread, such as ciabatta or baguette, to serve with the delicious ingredients.

To create a delicious antipasto platter, artistically arrange the olives, cheese, meats, nuts and bread on a serving platter or wooden board. Place the different ingredients in separate sections or group them in a visually appealing way. Make sure that the flavors and textures go well together and complement each other: for example, combine salty olives with creamy Mozzarella and spicy salami with crusty bread. Serve the antipasto dish as a starter for a festive dinner or as a delicious snack with a glass of wine. Enjoy the diverse flavors and textures of the carefully selected ingredients!


Prepare the shelf

Choose a suitable plank or plate to serve your tapas. Make sure it is big enough for all the ingredients.

  • Choose a board or plate that is large enough to comfortably accommodate all the tapas.
  • Make sure the plank or board is clean and dry before you start.
  • Check that the plank or board has no cracks or damage that could affect its presentation.
  • Optionally, choose a wooden board for a rustic look or a beautiful ceramic plate for an elegant presentation.
  • Also consider the practical aspect: choose a shelf or plate that is easy to clean after use.

Arrange the ingredients

Place the larger items such as plates, serving bowls and larger vegetables on the shelf first. Make sure these elements form the basis of your composition. Then fill the empty spaces with the smaller ingredients, such as cherry tomatoes, herbs and nuts. This way you create a nice balance between the different elements on your board, so that all the ingredients come into their own and you achieve an attractive presentation. Make sure you also combine different colors and textures for a visually appealing whole.


Add dips and sauces

Add different dips and sauces to enrich the flavors of your tapas. For example, you can make hummus by pureeing chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a blender. Add salt and cumin to taste and garnish with some extra olive oil and paprika powder. For aioli, mix finely chopped garlic with mayonnaise and some lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. You make pesto by pureeing basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese and olive oil in a blender. Add salt and pepper and serve in a bowl next to your tapas. Experiment with different flavors and textures to complete your tapas experience.


Decorate with fresh herbs

Expand your decoration with fresh herbs

Use fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil, as a garnish to make the platter look even more attractive. Finely chop the herbs with a sharp knife and sprinkle them casually over the cheeses, meats and dips. The green color and fresh scent of the herbs will not only add a visually attractive touch to your drinks board, but also enhance the taste of the snacks. Place the herbs strategically so that they complement the different elements of the shelf and create an inviting presentation for you and your guests. For an extra flair, make small bunches of herbs and place them decoratively on the shelf here and there.

Have fun and enjoy your beautifully decorated drinks board with this simple, but effective tip!


Serve with bread and wine

  • Serve the tapas platter on a beautifully set table with fresh rolls, baguette or ciabatta.
  • Place an assortment of olive oil and balsamic vinegar on trays to dip the bread in.
  • Open a good bottle of red, white or rosé wine and pour it into beautiful glasses for a complete experience.
  • Don't forget to add water and possibly some fresh starters to supplement the snack board.
  • Enjoy the pleasant and tasty moments with your guests while enjoying the tapas platter, bread and wine together.

Enjoy your tapas platter

Invite your guests to enjoy the delicious tapas and the cozy atmosphere that a drinks board brings.

  • Choose the right tapas: Provide a variety of flavors and textures. Consider, for example, olives, Manchego cheese, serrano ham, shrimp and meatballs.
  • Presentation is important: Arrange the tapas on a nice plate or serving board. Provide small bowls for sauces and olive stones. Don't forget to add bread and olive oil.
  • Create a cozy setting: Light candles, put on nice background music and make sure you have plenty of drinks. Invite your guests to enjoy the delicious tapas and relaxed atmosphere that your drinks board brings. Have fun!

Enjoy tasty tapas!

That looks great! Now you can enjoy making your own tapas platter and sharing it with your loved ones. Have fun and enjoy your meal!


  • Assortment of tapas ingredients (such as olives, chorizo, manchego cheese)
  • Shelf or serving board
  • Dips and sauces (e.g. aioli, hummus)
  • Fresh herbs (such as parsley, mint)
  • Bread
  • Wine
  • Knife and cutting board

Successfully putting together a snack board

  • Vary with different types of cheese, such as Manchego, goat cheese and blue cheese
  • Add various types of meats, such as chorizo, serrano ham and salami
  • Use olives, pickled vegetables and sun-dried tomatoes for extra flavor
  • Present various types of bread, such as baguette, ciabatta and crackers
  • Add some sweet elements, such as grapes, figs or nuts
  • Make some homemade dips, such as aioli, hummus or tapenade
  • Make sure there is a good balance between savory and sweet snacks on the plate
  • Make it visually attractive by playing with colors, textures and heights
  • Serve the tapas platter with a delicious Spanish wine or a refreshing sangria
  • Enjoy putting together and sharing this tasty snack board with your friends and family!

Enjoy a delicious tapas experience with our drinks board!

  • Choose a variety of snacks: Select a mix of savory and sweet snacks such as olives, cheese, meats, nuts, and grapes. This way you create a varied and tasteful plank
  • Present it attractively: Arrange the snacks on a beautiful wooden board or serving bowl. Vary colors, textures and shapes for an attractive presentation
  • Combine with bread and dips: Add pieces of fresh baguette, crackers or toast to the board. Also serve tasty dips such as hummus, aioli or tapenade to complement the flavors
  • Use small plates and skewers: Place small bowls or plates on the shelf for the dips and sauces. Use skewers or small forks to easily pick up the snacks
  • Enjoy it with friends: Tapas are meant to be shared and enjoyed together! Invite some friends, pour a nice glass of wine and have a nice drink. Have fun!

Frequently asked questions about Tapas snacks

How can you incorporate fish dishes into a tapas platter?

One way to incorporate fish dishes into a tapas platter is to add various small fish dishes, such as anchovies on toast, shrimp croquettes, smoked salmon rolls or tuna salad on a piece of baguette. Combine these fish dishes with matching sauces and dips, such as aioli, remoulade sauce or tzatziki. This way you add a delicious variety of flavors to your tapas platter! Enjoy your meal!

How can you make your own tapenade for a tapas platter?

To make your own tapenade for a tapas platter you need the following ingredients:

  • Black olives
  • Capers
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Optionally add anchovy fillets, basil or pine nuts for extra flavor

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend into a smooth paste. Add olive oil to taste to achieve desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the tapenade with pieces of bread or crackers on your tapas platter. Enjoy your meal!

Is it important to serve both hot and cold dishes on a tapas platter?

Yes, it is important to serve both hot and cold dishes on a tapas platter. By offering a mix of hot and cold dishes, you ensure variety and balance in flavors and textures. Hot dishes such as meatballs, grilled vegetables or potato tortillas provide heartiness and comfort, while cold dishes such as gazpacho, olives and cheeses provide refreshment and diversity. This way your guests can enjoy a varied and balanced culinary experience during drinks.

What are the typical ingredients you would find on a tapas platter?

On a tapas snack board you will often find an assortment of Spanish delicacies, such as: olives, chorizo, Manchego cheese, Serrano ham, calamari, pimientos de padron, patatas bravas, tortilla Española and pan con tomate. In addition, there can also be other snacks such as anchovies, albóndigas (meatballs) and pulpo a la gallega (octopus salad) on a tapas snack board. It's a mix of flavors and textures that you can share with friends or family. Have fun putting together!;displayed.

Are there specific dessert tapas that are suitable for a tapas platter?

Yes, there are certainly specific dessert tapas that fit perfectly with a tapas platter! Some popular options include churros with chocolate sauce, red fruit panna cotta, mini flan, and pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tarts). These sweet snacks will be a delicious addition to your tapas platter!

What is a good alternative to traditional Spanish tapas on a snack board?

A good alternative to traditional Spanish tapas on a snack board is Mediterranean mezze. These small, tasty dishes from Mediterranean cuisine are perfect for a snack board and offer a diversity of flavors and textures. Think of hummus, falafel, grilled vegetables, olives, stuffed grape leaves and tzatziki. Mezze is a delicious and refreshing change for your drinks platter and will certainly be appreciated by your guests. Have fun putting together!

Which sauces and dips go well with the different tapas on a snack board?

Various sauces and dips go well with tapas on a snack board. Here are some suggestions:

For tortilla chips and vegetable sticks you can serve guacamole, hummus or tzatziki. Meatballs go well with BBQ sauce, garlic sauce or a spicy chili sauce. Shrimp taste delicious with a fresh cocktail sauce or lemon mayonnaise. For bread you can dip olive oil with balsamic vinegar, or a tasty aioli. Don't forget to add olives and sun-dried tomatoes to the snack board, these go well with all kinds of sauces and dips.

Hopefully this will help you put together a delicious snack board with matching sauces and dips! Enjoy your meal!

Are there certain rules for combining different tapas on a snack board?

Certainly! There are no fixed rules when it comes to combining different tapas on a drink board. The most important thing is to find a good balance between different flavors, textures and colors. Try to make a mix of savory, sweet, crunchy and soft snacks. Also vary in hot and cold dishes. This way you ensure a varied and tasty drinks board for you and your guests. Have fun putting together!



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