Learn How to Build a Tomato Grazing Platter
It’s like a cheese plate — only brighter, sweeter and juicier. Not just eye candy for social media, grazing platters are a fun way to entertain and can feature something for everyone. For a sweltering summer day outside, let peak-season heirloom tomatoes get all the attention at your next gathering.
How to get organized:
- Select tomatoes:
Choose various colors, shapes and sizes. We’ve listed some of our favorites below.
- Find your largest platter.
No platter? Grab a large wooden cutting board or a few plates instead.
- Prep tomatoes:
Cut larger tomatoes into ⅓-inch thick slices, leave smaller tomatoes whole or skewer cherry tomatoes and blister on the grill.
Start with large slices of tomato and shingle across platter, grouping by color.
Embellish with something for everyone:
- Salted Marcona almonds
- Fried capers
- Clusters of fresh basil, mint or thyme
- Marinated olives
- Rolled slices of charcuterie
- Oil-marinated artichoke hearts
- Plain goat cheese topped with pesto
- A ball of fresh Burrata
Right before serving, add flaky sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil and black pepper. Then sit back, uncork that bottle of wine and let the grazing begin.
Not sure which tomatoes to pick? Here’s an easy primer based on color and flavor.
Rich, deep flavor with a firm, dense texture
Heavy “slicer” with low-acidity sweetness
Juicy, fruity sweet flavor, fewer seeds
Marvel Stripe (Yellow)
Mild, sweet and fruity with low acidity
Grape & Cherry Tomatoes:
Sweet 100s — Traditional tomato flavor with sweeter finish
Mini Charms — Balanced sweetness and acidity, classic tomato flavor
Sun Gold — Tangy-sweet, a fruity pop of flavor
Black Cherry — Very sweet, highly flavored