Charcuterie boards are a fun way to get creative and sample a bunch of good food. They are excellent to bring to parties, family gatherings, or to enjoy with wine for a date night. You can put almost anything on a charcuterie board and keep it simple or get really creative.
I got the idea to write this post when Saysa Foods sent me some of their vegan products to try. I have a discount code for Sasya Foods below, so keep on reading to learn how to save on your order!
While charcuterie boards seem fancy and time consuming, they can be made easily in 10-15 minutes. I actually went into creating my board for this post thinking it would be a whole process, but it was very simple and came together so fast.
Can A Charcuterie Board Be Vegan?
Traditionally charcuterie boards are served with sliced meats, cheese and an assortment of fruits, crackers or nuts. We’re all about that vegan life around here so we’re gonna make an amazing vegan alternative for your parties and events!
The great thing is that it’s 2019 and veganism is on the rise! There are so many awesome meat and cheese alternatives that there’s no reason to reach for the non vegan counterparts.
How To Make A Charcuterie Board
- The first step to creating your foodie masterpiece is to use a nice board to put everything on. I love bamboo boards because they are a neutral backdrop and they’re sustainable.
- The most important component of a good charcuterie board is cheese. Vegan cheese, baby. There are so many ways you can go here. For a charcuterie board cheese you can use a creamy spread, like Miyoko’s cheese wheels or Kite Hill flavored cream cheese. You can also use blocked vegan cheese and cut it into cubes – I recommend Violife or Daiya. If you’re feeling real fancy you can even make homemade cheese balls or a baked brie style cheese. I love Hot For Food’s recipe for this cheese log. On this particular board I used Le Grand Chive and Onion cheese spread as they sent it to me to try. It was very delicious and I highly recommend you check them out!
- Vegan meat can be used on your cheese board to make them more like the “real deal”. I usually choose to skip the vegan deli meat, but I recommend Field Roast or Tofurky deli slices.
- Add some crackers to have with the cheese and meats. Most crackers are accidentally vegan, just check for milk, cheese or honey on the label. I used a mix of multi grain crackers and Sasya Foods Lentil Chips on my board.
- An assortment of fresh and dried fruits are wonderful! I love to use fresh grapes, blueberries or strawberries and dried apricots. Also, some fresh jam is a wonderful touch.
- Add something pickled or briney. I love mini pickles and olives on a board.
- Go nuts! But seriously… put some nuts on the board for a nice crunch. I love almonds, walnuts and pecans.
- Get saucy. It’s optional, but I like to add some sort of sauce to break up the board and dip crackers into. On this board I used Sasya Foods Peanut Curry dip.
- Lastly, herbs go a long way for presentation. Mint or basil are beautiful and rosemary and thyme are great for fall and winter themed charcuterie boards.
Sasya Foods sent me some of their vegan dips and snacks to try and it gave me the idea to make an indian inspired charcuterie board. It’s a fun way to switch up a classic charcuterie board! They would like to give my viewers a discount to try their delicious products. Use code “melissa15” to get 15% off your order!
My Charcuterie Board
On my board, I chose to use Le Grand Chive and Onion cheese spread, multigrain crackers, Sasya Foods Peanut Curry dip, cherries, dried apricots, walnuts, pistachios, and some fresh mint. The best part is decorating the board. I like to put any cheeses or sauces in their own ramekins with small serving spoons or cheese knives.
I then add crackers to start filling up space and use the smaller items to fill in any holes. I like to mix and match colors and textures to make the board more visually appealing.
The best part is that you can arrange and rearrange to your heart’s content.
And that’s it! Styling a vegan charcuterie board is both fun and easy, but it also makes a big statement. I hope you feel inspired to to get creative with you own charcuterie board. Make sure to tag me on Instagram so that I can see your creations!