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SUMMER SNACK BOARD {Crowd Pleaser!}

If you’re ready to become the ultimate hostess, this Summer Snack Board will do just that!

This spread is put together with a variety of delicious eats that your family and friends will love any time of the day!

summer snack board

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

I don’t know about you, but I love a good party when there is more time to mingle than sitting down eating a big meal.

Snack boards are one of my favorite ways to make that happen. You can load them up with all your favorite summer snacks whether those are store-bought or fresh from your kitchen.

You might also recognize this snack board as a basic charcuterie board. So which is it? Snack tray? Charcuterie board? They are really one in the same and they are so versatile!

You can add in different dips, cheeses, meats, fruits, crackers, cookies, chips, etc. It’s so easy to throw together a variety of summer snacks for everyone to enjoy.

These can make the perfect summer appetizer or you can even make several different kinds of boards to keep the entire occasion light and satisfying. This will keep you snacking all summer long!

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IDEAS FOR YOUR SUMMER SNACK BOARD:

  • Vegetable Dip 
  • Fruit Dip
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Snack Bread, we used Pumpernickel 
  • Crackers
  • Cheese, we used Brie, Baby Bella, and Colby Jack
  • Salami, sliced in rings and folded
  • Vegetables – cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, multi-colored peppers
  • Cheese Straw Crackers 
  • Pretzels
  • Mini Chocolate Mint Patties

These are some of my favorite ingredients to put on my board. But you really can’t go wrong here.

Throw together what you know your friends and family will love to enjoy.

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There is no right or wrong way to things here, but this is the easiest way I have found to put together a snack board and it really does make a world of difference.

HOW TO MAKE A SUMMER CHARCUTERIE BOARD

ONE: Start with large board, using one with edges is easiest. Place the bowls for the dips on first and the Brie cheese or other cheese you’re using.

TWO: Add the largest items like the watermelon and pineapple slices. Spreading out to more than one spot on the board if possible.

THREE: Next, add the medium size items like the crackers, bread, small cheese cubes, and sliced salami. Add in other medium items like vegetables and other fruits.

FOUR: Fill holes with smallest items like grape tomatoes, blueberries, blackberries, cheese straws and chocolates. Cover and store or serve immediately.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

summer snack board

WHY IS IT CALLED CHARCUTERIE?

Well, to sum it up Charcuterie is simply the process of preparing meat products such as bacon, salami, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit. Someone that prepares a charcuterie is called a Charcutier.

You can keep it fancy or you can say it is basically a Board with all of your favorite summer snacks that include meat, cheese, fruit, crackers, dips, etc.

Honestly, it’s pretty. And it’s perfect for a party. The colors, textures and variety of artisan style meats and cheeses is eye catching and seriously delicious!

IS CHARCUTERIE AN APPETIZER OR A MEAL?

It can act as either! I have served a board like this many times as an appetizer and I have also enjoyed them as a full lunch or dinner myself.

Pair it with a salad and a glass of wine or your favorite beverage and it really hits the spot!

charcuterie boards

TAPAS TIPS & TRICKS

  • Prep/chop/slice everything ahead of time. This makes for very quick & easy assembling.
  • Make sure your board is big enough to hold everything! One with a lip or rim is best.
  • I like to start with bowls and then fill in around them. I’ve tried it the other way and trust me, it makes a mess.
  • Garnish your board with fresh herbs for an elegant touch.
  • Get a little of everything (sweet, spicy, salty, savory, crunchy). Keep your people coming back for more!
  • Use bright-colored fruits and veggies. We eat with our eyes first, so using colors like red, yellow, and purple will really help contrast with the browns, whites, and pinks from the meats.

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charcuterie board with text "summer snack board"

This easy summer snacks board is a must if you have a crowd that loves variety and loves to graze. Give them some delicious beverage options to go with it and even more variety with these other board options below!

OTHER PARTY BOARDS TO MAKE

EASY SNACK BOARD

snack board

Summer Snack Board

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

If you're ready to become the ultimate hostess, this Summer Snack Board will do just that!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Vegetable Dip
  • 1 cup Fruit Dip
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Snack Bread, we used Pumpernickel
  • Crackers
  • Cheese, we used Brie, Baby Bella and Colby Jack
  • Salami, sliced in rings and folded
  • Vegetables - cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, multi-colored peppers
  • Cheese Straw Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Mini Chocolate Mint Patties

Instructions

    1. Start with large board, using one with edges is easiest. Place the bowls for the dips on first and the Brie cheese or other cheese you're using.
    2. Add the largest items like the watermelon and pineapple slices. Spreading out to more than one spot on the board if possible.
    3. Next, add the medium size items like the crackers, bread, small cheese cubes, and sliced salami. Add in other medium items like vegetables and other fruits.
    4. Fill holes with smallest items like grape tomatoes, blueberries, blackberries, cheese straws and chocolates. Cover and store or serve immediately.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 587mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 7g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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