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Grazing board

Grazing board

6 serves

20 m

Grazing boards are an impressive entertaining option to share and enjoy a delicious and vibrant selection of food with guests.


  • Salad vegetables – cherry tomatoes, radishes.
  • Raw vegetable sticks – cucumber, carrot and celery.
  • Grilled vegetables – sliced zucchinis, capsicum and eggplant, brushed with olive oil and cooked in a non-stick grill pan or on a BBQ grill until tender.
  • Berries (strawberries, raspberries and blackberries), watermelon and dried apricots.
  • Other fruit – grapes, cherries, sliced apple or pear make easy finger foods.
  • Vegetable (e.g. beetroot, avocado) or bean based dips. Top dips with seeds/nuts.
  • Baked ricotta
  • Caprese skewers
  • Mixed raw nuts (macadamias, walnuts, and almonds)
  • Wholegrain crackers and bread



Go for colour and variety, cut and prepare for easy finger food.


Choose a mix of fresh and dried. Make it colourful!


Go for vegetable (e.g. beetroot, avocado) or bean based dips – we added beetroot dip, hummus, and heart-healthy olive oil mixed with balsamic vinegar. Top dips with seeds/nuts.

If buying commercial dips, read labels and choose the one lowest in sodium.


We added a wedge of cheddar cheese, and baked ricotta. Reduced fat cheeses are better options for people with heart disease or high cholesterol.

Baked ricotta

Invert a small round of ricotta on a baking paper lined tray, drizzle with a little olive oil, sprinkle with herbs, seeds and spices e.g. thyme, caraway seeds, paprika and pepper. Bake for about 20 min, 160°C until lightly golden.

Caprese skewers

Made from cherry bocconcini, small grape tomatoes and whole basil leaves threaded onto wooden skewers.

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