Use these healthy charcuterie board ideas, tips, shopping lists, and styling guide to help you make a beautiful board to serve family and friends at your next get-together.
What do you put on a healthy charcuterie board?
A good charcuterie board has a balance of flavors and textures with items that contrast and complement each other. Some contrast could be chewy cured meat to smooth dip such as hummus. Add something spicy to contrast sweet. You could add hard and crips crackers with soft chewy bread.
How to pronucne charcuterie
The word charcuterie originated in France, and it translates to "pork-butcher shop." While the original French translation refers to pork, our charcuterie boards tend to include other types of food, such as fruits, vegetables, a variety of cured meats, nuts, spreads, crackers, dips, and bread.
Are charcuterie boards healthy?
Charcuterie boards are a healthy option for vegan appetizers. You can choose all-vegan meats, cheeses, and dips. Then layer the board with cut vegetables, fruits, nuts crackers, and pieces of bread.
TRAYS FOR A HEALTHY SNACK BOARD
Start with a good board that gives you plenty of room to layout a variety of foods. It can be made out of a wood cutting board, a metal tray, a stone cutting board, or a large flat ceramic platter. I used a wooden tray in the picture above. Just let your imagination go, look around your home to find an interesting serving item to start creating your charcuterie on.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
How to make the board pretty
Making a pretty charcuterie board is all about balance and pretty accents. Group your larger foods together, such as olives in a bowl of grapes in a cluster. I like to envision a triangle or star on my board and put these large items at each point.
Then group your medium size items together such as crackers, meats, or cheese. Place them on the lines between your points. f
Next, fill in with small-item groups such as nuts, fruit, or vegetables. I also like to add some no edible items to make it pretty for example in the fall some wheat stalks or in summer time some pretty flowers or herbs.
Charcuterie board printabe shopping list
Print this shopping list, circle at least one or two items in each category to make a well-rounded board. Then take your printed list to your local grocery or farmers market.
📖 Variation ideas
- Dried fruits such as dates or figs
- Cherry tomatoes
- Yellow squash
- Peppers in a variety of colors
- Snap peas
- Roasted Red Pepper Spread
- Lima Bean Hummus
- Best Garlic Hummus Recipe
- Spicy Cashew Cream Sauce
- Cauliflower Hummus
Crackers and breads
Any good crusty bread torn into pieces or a variety of crackers is a good choice. when I was in Italy potato chips were a staple appetizer so a small bowl on the board with chips might be nice
- Potato chips
- Vegan Rob's Puffs (my favorite)
Add non-dairy cheese to a vegan charcuterie board is really easy to do now that there are so many options on the market now.
What nuts to add
Build your board around meats and cheese. then fill in with some pecans, almonds, and keto-friendly crackers or bread.
How to make a board before the party
- Wash and cut all your vegetables and fruits. Place in airtight containers that are designed for keeping fruit and veggies fresh.
- Make your hummus or other dips ahead and place them in airtight containers.
- Gather your crackers and bread.
- Set out with your large board any small bowls and spoons you will be using on your board for dips or olives.
- Assemble just before the guest arrives.
How to travel with a charcutarie board
If you are going on a picnic or need to make a charcuterie board for a party then it might be easier to assemble your board ahead of time. Use a board that his sides and handles for easy transporting. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap so it travels well.
HEALTHY CHARCUTERIE BOARD IDEAS