We’re all a little guilty of one thing during the early days of Ramadan: overeating at iftar. And while it’s wonderful to indulge occasionally, opting for a lighter iftar is highly recommended. Try a spread filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and a delicious dip, which will prove to be a treat for both your stomach and your guests. Read on for tips on creating the perfect platter to break your next fast with, courtesy of lifestyle blogger extraordinaire Noreen Wasti.
Keep it simple.
Find a large square or rectangular wooden board to use as your vessel. It should be simple, rustic, and devoid of any design or embellishment. Wooden cutting boards (Zara Home has some great options) work wonderfully.
Choose brightly colored produce.
Choose vibrant and colorful fruits, vegetables, and herbs so that they stand out against the board. They should be on the smaller side as larger pieces will just overwhelm the board and take away from the refinement of the platter’s presentation.
Learn the art of clustering.
Clustering your items on the board is what creates a lush and abundant look. Be sure to keep everything in groups and don’t mix different types of food together.
Layer your items so that they overlap one another, thus creating volume and texture, and let your items hang over the edge for that effortless look. Avoid single layers and large gaps as they create flatness.
Your board should be like a rainbow, so pair contrasting colors next to each other instead of clustering together similar hues.
Start building your board from its outer borders and work your way in. This will help you have a better viewpoint for how to best build up the platter.
A little seasoning goes a long way. Add a sprinkle of salt to your cucumbers and tomatoes, and a drizzle of honey over the fruit.
Add extra nibbles.
Make sure to include dates as they will be the first thing that someone who is fasting will reach for. Dried figs, apricots, olives, and nuts are not only delicious, but they’re also great for filling in any gaps on the board.
Include something to dip into.
Keep a dip (see the recipe for our feta and roasted-garlic dip here) in the middle of the board along with some bread for a heartier nibble.