Summertime is perfect for alfresco gatherings with family and friends. Whether it’s a birthday bash, a wedding celebration, or just a casual catch-up with mates, a grazing table is a must-have. Not only does it look stunning, but it also caters to everyone’s taste. Typical grazing table fare includes crackers, cheeses, cold cuts, olives, and fruits. But the beauty of a grazing table is its versatility – it can feature a mix of sweet and savoury items, salads, vegetables, or even a selection of sweets depending on the occasion. The only limit is your imagination.
To inspire your grazing table for this summer or your next event, we’ve compiled some healthy yet delicious additions:
Start with tacos, but with a nutritious twist. Fill them with the usual beans, onions, cheese, jalapeños, tomatoes, and anything else you fancy, then top them off with some microgreens for a flavourful and nutrient-rich bite.
For an even healthier option, swap out the taco shells and beans for lettuce and hummus. Add some olives and a sprinkle of microgreens for a simple yet satisfying crowd-pleaser.
Toast works wonderfully on grazing tables, but consider downsizing them to canapé size. Try cutting your favourite bread into small squares, topping them with smoked salmon, mashed avocado, and a garnish of greens. For a grain-free alternative, Primal Alternative‘s Fruit Toast with Goji Berries or their Turmeric and Hemp Seed Bread are excellent choices.
Chips are essential for finger food, but go for a healthy version. Primal Alternative’s No Nut Hemp Wraps Packet Mix offers grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free chips. Pair them with a Mediterranean-inspired dip like Olive Dukkah from Regan’s Ridge (check their website for availability) mixed with yoghurt or olive oil.
For those with a sweet tooth, Primal Alternative’s guilt-free Berry Slice is a must-try. Made with their Low Carb Pancake and Waffle Mix, add milk, berries, and a sweetener, then slice into bite-sized pieces for a guilt-free treat.
Photo by Audrey Mirabito
Granola bowls are a unique addition. Rather than the usual granola, try Loving Pantry’s Coco-Vanilla Bliss granola bowls for a creative and delicious way to enjoy granola.
Photo by Kelly / Life Made Sweeter
Deviled eggs are a classic hors d’oeuvre, but why not try them in 12 different ways? Use pasture-raised eggs from Out N’ About Free to Roam Eggs for deviled eggs with bright yolks and added nutrients.
Lastly, for a tropical touch, include the Coconut Bounty from The Cheeky Project. These artisan chocolates combine the summery flavour of coconut with dark chocolate, making for a delightful treat.
So there you have it – a variety of healthy, appetising options to enhance your alfresco summer dining experience and make your grazing table a hit.