13 Easy Charcuterie Board Ideas

Ultimate Summer Fruit & Cheese Board

Serve up a gorgeous charcuterie board for a special occasion or an easy no-cook dinner. Try these easy and delicious ideas for making cheese boards, meat boards, a chocolate board, and more charcuterie board ideas.

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This 5-Ingredient Caprese Candy Cane Board Is the Cutest Holiday Appetizer

Caprese Candy Cane on a serving board
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The BakerMama shared this adorably festive appetizer idea on her Instagram.

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Winter Charcuterie Board

Winter Charcuterie Board

A cheeseboard is an ideal stationary hors d'oeuvre for holiday entertaining. Select a variety of cheeses, making sure to include an aged variety, a creamy cheese, a blue cheese and perhaps a smoked cheese. Round out the platter with cold cuts, bread, an abundance of seasonal fruits, dried fruit, crudité, nuts and olives. We even included some dark chocolate to cap it off!

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"Jarcuterie" Is the Cutest Take on Charcuterie We've Seen All Year

jarcuterie charcuterie jars
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Best paired with your favorite drink and your BFF for a festive virtual happy hour.

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Boozy Hot Chocolate "Charcuterie" Board

hot cocoa board

Come in from the cold to this fun and festive hot chocolate board! For the adults, spike this rich and decadent hot chocolate with your favorite sweet liqueur and garnish with your favorite toppings. For hands-off prep, make the hot chocolate in your slow cooker.

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Salad-Inspired Charcuterie Board

summer salad board

This pretty board with greens, marinated peaches and fresh veggies is perfect for salad lovers. The creamy dressing can be made ahead to make assembly a breeze. Feel free to add whatever seasonal vegetables you love to make it your own.

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Nordic-Inspired Charcuterie Board


Put this robust appetizer board with salmon, eggs, pickles and vegetables out for a backyard party or serve it for brunch. Look for tomatoes in a variety of colors for the prettiest presentation. Feel free to add additional vegetables, such as radishes and carrots, to the board.

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Classic Southern Appetizer Board

Classic Southern Appetizer Board

Treat your party guests to a classic Southern spread with deviled eggs, spiced pecans, ham, cheese and fresh fruit with this festive party board. We've included a combination of homemade and store-bought ingredients for an abundant board that doesn't take too long to assemble. A note on nutrition: This board is hearty enough to stand in for dinner or lunch, but if you're planning on serving it as an appetizer before the main meal, go light on things like nuts, crackers and cheese dip to keep sodium and calories in check.

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Chocolate & Fruit Board


This beautiful board is full of sweet and savory treats from nuts to prosciutto-wrapped dates. And, of course, it includes the classic combo of chocolate and strawberries. Just grab your favorite platter and fill it with these easy, beautiful bites.

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Cured or Smoked Salmon Appetizer Platter


This smoked salmon platter requires little effort but the spread makes a big impression. Served with all the fixings--capers, hard-boiled eggs, cucumber and more--a smoked salmon platter is the ultimate make-ahead appetizer. Lay out everything listed in the ingredients below or just a few of the elements along with an assortment of crackers, cocktail bread and/or sliced baguette.

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Mediterranean Appetizer Board


Channel the flavors of the Mediterranean in this bountiful appetizer board. A duo of classic hummus and roasted eggplant dip offers dunking options for seeded crackers, carrot sticks and raw fennel slices. Juicy grapes and dried apricots provide a sweet counterpart to salty prosciutto and feta cheese.

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Fiesta Appetizer Board


A jazzed-up guacamole takes center stage on this low-fuss snack board. A jumble of miniature bell peppers and tortilla chips serve as the sturdy scoopers, with slices of Colby Jack cheese as their creamy counterpart. Roasted red peppers provide tangy sweetness.

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Summer Melon & Cheese Board


Serve this pretty appetizer board for summer parties when watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe are at their juiciest and tastiest. The sweetness of the melon plays wonderfully against the salty cheese and prosciutto, while a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of fresh herbs add bright flavors and colors to the board.

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Ultimate Summer Fruit & Cheese Board

Ultimate Summer Fruit & Cheese Board

This easy cheese board features a bounty of seasonal vegetables and fresh fruits, which add color and complement the variety of cheeses. We've made cheese suggestions, but feel free to mix and match with your favorites. For the fresh produce, improvise based on what's available at your market and what's in season.

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