A tapas platter is a very simple appetizer taking almost no prep time but seems to be a very popular way to mingle and wait for the main course. Use seasonal fruits and vegetables to create your own tapas platters for you and your guests to enjoy!
If you’re pressed for time but want options for your guests, the tapas platter is going to be your hero. This is so easy to assemble and you can change it up depending on what’s in season.
You can add some colorful vegetables like bell peppers and cucumber, or stick with some year round additions like nuts and crackers.
When I picked up some goodies to make this tapas platter for you, cucumbers were on the list but there weren’t any fresh, edible cucumbers left. Even the bell peppers were of questionable quality, so I grabbed some tomatoes and almonds.
There’s not a lot that’ll beat a fresh summer tomato, so I’m not too mad about it. Especially these cherry tomatoes, which are so bright and sweet.
Salami and pastrami were a must because I love them and my guests today are big meat eaters, so it gave them two choices with hummus and crackers to add some balance. This platter is totally flexible.
Figs aren’t quite in season yet but if you ask me, figs and goat cheese are an absolute must whenever possible. I love figs and goat cheese adds an ideal flavor contrast that makes these two a match made in heaven. Fig jam can make a good alternative when figs aren’t available.
The best thing about this type of appetizer is that you can customize it to your own palate or your guest favorites. I have a friend that doesn’t care for hummus but loves aioli. That’s totally acceptable here.
My first experience with a tapas platter was at a friend’s house. She served us a colorful assortment of savory goodies. I just had to try it.
The main course can take enough time in itself. An appetizer like this can save you some time and let you mingle with your guests as they arrive. And they’re gonna love it!
What will you be including in your tapas platter?