One of my favorite ways to catch up with friends is over a healthy snack tray.
We make this almost every Friday night before dinner to relax and chat over a glass of wine or kombucha. This type of tray is great for two to four people before dinner, and it’s really easily scaled for bigger crowds.
You can make your snack tray gluten-free by using only gluten-free crackers and ingredients, or just leave off the crackers. We like Simple Mills almond flour crackers, homemade almond flour crackers, or Lesley Stowe oat crisps. You can make a totally dairy-free tray by using only nut cheeses. We eat mostly dairy-free but like to have goat cheese every once in a while. I listed all of the exact brands used in this photo below.
To build any snack tray, pick a theme and pair ingredients that go well together. Fruits, nuts and cheese are always a safe bet. I also love things like hummus and smoked salmon, but I save those for a more savory plate as they pair better with vegetables.
Healthy Snack Tray Essentials:
1 hard cheese, like goat milk gouda, sheep’s milk cheese, or nut milk cheese
1 soft cheese, like goat cheese or almond milk cream cheese
1 apple, thinly sliced
1-2 types of berries
1-2 types of olives
1-2 types of nuts
1-2 types of gluten-free crackers
dark chocolate squares (1-2 per person)
How to Build It:
Step 1: Start with your platter or tray. I like to use something flat to prevent everything sliding to the middle. Place your two cheeses, the apple, and a few small dishes on the tray to see how much room you have. For an easy arrangement, place your two cheeses opposite each other.
Step 2: Prepare the cheeses. Here I put the almond milk cream cheese in a bowl and cut about half of the large block into pieces. I mix 1/2 cup of almond milk cream cheese with a few teaspoons of honey and a pinch of sea salt for a slightly sweet spread that’s good on both the crackers and fruit. Next, slice the apple into thin slices. I like to add a few leaves under the apple and cheese, almost opposite each other for an extra pretty look. The leaves in this photo were from some oranges at the grocery store and cost less than a dollar. Any leaves from a fruit tree work great.
Step 3: Use a few small bowls for some of the ingredients. Things that roll around like olives and blueberries are great for little bowls.
Step 4: Fill in the empty spaces with the rest of your ingredients and, voila! You’ll have a beautiful snack tray everyone will love.
Arrange all ingredients on a large flat tray or plate. Use small bowls or dishes for a few of the ingredients to add depth and variation.
Generic ingredients list to build your own:
1 hard cheese, like goat milk gouda, sheep’s milk cheese, or nut milk cheese 1 soft cheese, like goat cheese or almond milk cream cheese 1 apple, sliced thin 1-2 types of berries 1-2 types of olives 1-2 types of nuts 1-2 types of gluten-free crackers dark chocolate squares (1-2 per person)