This Vegetarian Charcuterie Board will be your newest obsession. Push aside the traditional meat and cheese platter and welcome this vegetarian option!
This post was sponsored by Crunchmaster®. Opinions and ideas are our own.
How to make a Vegetarian Charcuterie Board
So what exactly is a Charcuterie board? It is basically a meat and cheese tray, plain and simple.
But let’s take this concept a little deeper. The word Charcuterie is actually a French word.
See below for the charcuterie pronunciation. It’s a tricky one! The word means smoked, dry-cured or cooked meats.
These boards really do not need an introduction as they are pretty popular right now. People are being creative and making the boards to fit the likes and needs of their diets!
Whether you are a meat eater, plant-based easter or vegetarian, you can create a beautiful inviting board that everyone can enjoy! For us, we need our board to be vegetarian and gluten free!
How exactly do you say Charcuterie?
How to Pronounce Charcuterie:
Charcuterie Pronunciation = (shahr-cute-uh-ree)
Here are a few TIPS for making you own Vegetarian Charcuterie Board
Get your board
I know you are wondering when is she going to tell me…” how to make a cheese board”, right!? I am almost there, I promise! But the first step is to get your board or your platter.
Typically, you’ll create your masterpiece on a wood board. You can honestly use a cutting board, if you do not want to buy a special board.
If you need to, just use a large plate. If you’re serving one or two, a charcuterie plate will be the perfect amount.
I’ve seen some great ones at target and of course Amazon. You can buy anything these days on amazon! 🙂
Save on Prep Time
You can easily save on prep time by buying pre-cut and/or pre-packaged fruits and veggies. Things like peeling carrots and cutting them takes time!
Often, you can find pre-cut carrots and fruit at your local grocer! Time is important!
What is on a vegetarian charcuterie board?
Normally a charcuterie board is an assortment of meats and cheeses. But for this vegetarian charcuterie board, we used an assortment of:
- olives (and other accouterments)
Pick fruits that will easily and quickly cleanse the palate. Think fresh fruits and dried fruits.
I realize that sounds kinda fancy, but think about grapes. Grapes are juicy, they easily cleanse the palate and create a neutral taste in your mouth. These little round fruits are perfect!
Think about all the colors of the grapes, mix and match varieties when creating your board. The different colors of the grapes will help your fruit POP among the many foods on the platter!
I also choose some kiwi. Kiwi is such a delicious fruit, also with a sweet neutral flavor much like a grape.
The kiwi bring some intense color to our board! Don’t you agree?
You can even use dehydrated fruit. This will add some texture to your board! Get creative!
When it comes to vegetables, you need to think about dippers. The veggies should be strong and not that bendable. You want the veggies to be able to dip into whatever is on the platter.
Whether it’s hummus, a cheese ball or a spread of some sort. Think: cucumber slices, celery, bell peppers and carrots. All are sturdy and all have great color!
Olives and more
We are huge fans of olives at our home, so I included several varieties of those. We have a great olive bar selection at our local grocer.
I picked up several types of olives, artichokes, mini pickles and some peppadews.
Crackers are very important when it comes to your board, especially if you have hummus or a delicious cheese ball like the one we have pictured! The crackers should be a manageable size, sturdy and of course delicious!
We choose a Crunchmaster® cracker! These bite sized crackers are all about whole grains and seeds! They do not contain any GMOs, gluten and artificial colors and flavors! Circling back to that gluten-free part, the crackers are actually CERTIFIED gluten-free!
The Multi-Seed Crackers I used come in many flavors. I used Rosemary and Olive Oil and Original on my platter. You can also score the crackers in Roasted Garlic, Artisan Cheesy Garlic Bread, Signature Buttermilk Ranch and Dill and Chile Pasilla.
There are so many items that you can include on your board. Here are a few items that would go well that I didn’t include! But I wanted to share, incase they are your favorites and you might want them on your board. Think: cheeses, meat substitutes and nuts.
I think it is important to have 2-3 dips available on your board. Whether it is a hummus, other dip like this Thai Salad Dressing or cheese ball! We created a simple cheese ball recipe that we included on our board.
The dips, spread and cheese balls can actually be prepared ahead of time. Prep these things the day before to save time.
Making a vegan charcuterie? Use your favorite vegan cheese type items to make dips.
If you are looking for an easy, yet delicious recipe to add to your charcuterie board, this cheeseball is for you! Just keep scrolling!
I LOVE charcuterie boards because you are basically bringing together all the things you love and arranging it in a beautiful way on a platter! Think about flavors and texture as you are picking your items for the board.
Still needing inspiration for your charcuterie board? My sweet friend Chandice from This Vivacious Life has some ideas!
Can I make this a vegan charcuterie board?
You absolutely can. Just simply omit the cheese ball and other cheeses. But with abundant fruits, veggies, other vegan options – like olives and nuts – no one will miss the cheese or meat!
Need any easy cheese ball recipe to pair with those delicious Crunchmaster crackers? I’ve got you covered…
Easy Cheese Ball
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together all ingredients except the sesame seeds. Mix until well blended. Form into three balls.
- Divide the sesame seeds, by color, into two bowls. Gently roll each of the easy cheese balls into the seeds. Here is where you can have one. You can do one color of each and then blend the seeds for the third ball.
- You can chill the simple cheese balls or you can eat immediately! ENJOY!
All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
Here are a few more recipe ideas that you could use on your board:
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Question: Let’s talk! Have you ever made a Charcuterie Board? How about cheese balls? What additional ingredient would you add into this easy cheese ball recipe?