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How To Build An Easy Charcuterie Board

This Easy Charcuterie Board is not only pretty, but makes the perfect appetizer or light dinner for any occasion- parties, wine night, holidays and more!


While recipe creating and photographing at the Foodie Bootcamp, we had a chance to create a variety of dishes from breakfast and lunch bowls to cheese boards.

My friend and one of the hosts of Foodie Bootcamp taught me this simple technique for building a cheeseboard. Ready for it? Simply group items based on color around a marble slab and you have yourself an exquisite board.

What’s on it? Cheese of course, fruit such as grapes, berries, a variety of crackers, olives, nuts, dried fruit, green herbs and flowers for garnish.

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When is it a good time to make a Charcuterie board, pronounced shar-koo-tuh-rie (basically a cheese and meat board)?

A charcuterie board, or snack board as we call it, is great for a party, as a dinner appetizer, at a wine tasting event, happy hour or the upcoming holidays.

I make an even simpler version of this and serve it as a light dinner when I don’t have time to cook so in my eyes, it’s ALWAYS a good time for a charcuterie board.

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However, to do one right it does take a lot of ingredients. For the holidays or a party, everyone can contribute a couple items towards it.

Follow this simple guideline:

  • CHEESE- soft and hard cheese
  • CRACKERS- aim for a variety of different types of crackers, none too seasoned as to overwhelm the other components
  • FRUIT- a combo of fresh and dried fruit is ideal
  • NUTS- any type you like, put them in mini bowls or scatter them in piles
  • SPREADS- this can be different cheese spreads, hummus, olive spread, etc.
  • HERBS- great for garnish and aroma
  • VEGETABLES- raw and/or roasted add a nice color and lightness to the board
  • PICKLED ITEMS- cornichons, olives, pickled peppers, Giardiniera, okra, etc.

Now who is inspired to make a charcuterie board for Thanksgiving? I think they are perfect for any occasion and hope this helped you to see how easy it is to make a beautiful creation.

Easy Charcuterie Board

What else could you add to your charcuterie board?

Happy snacking!

How To Build An Easy Charcuterie Board


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  • Items used for this snack board:
  • Cheese, soft round and sliced
  • red grapes
  • dried figs
  • olives
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • green grapes
  • pears
  • walnuts
  • almonds
  • crackers
  • prosciutto
  • salami


  1. Grab a large marble or wood cutting board, group items together based on colors. Serve with a plethora of crackers!