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.

Source:, August 2018


Recipe Summary

30 mins
45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine olives, 1 tablespoon oil, basil and crushed red pepper in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Transfer to a small serving bowl.

  • Combine 4 tablespoons parsley and chives (or tarragon or chervil) on a small plate. Add goat cheese and roll to coat in the herb mixture.

  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill sausage, turning once, until lightly browned and heated through, 6 to 7 minutes. Let rest for 3 minutes, then cut into bite-size pieces. Brush the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over both sides of baguette slices. Grill, turning once, just until crisped, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • To assemble the cheese board: Arrange berries, peaches (or nectarines or plums), zucchini, carrots and cherry tomatoes in the center of the board. (If your guests will access the board from all sides, place fruit and vegetables in the center. If the board will be against a wall, place the fruit and vegetables toward the back of the board.) Arrange the cheeses around the fruit and vegetables. Arrange the sausage, grilled bread and crackers among the cheeses. Set the bowl of olives on the board. Fill in the gaps with nuts. Sprinkle with mint (or parsley) and garnish with edible flowers, if desired. Don't forget toothpicks for the sausage, and include cheese knives and a bowl for the olive pits.


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Nutrition Facts

2 1/2 ounces cheese & 1/2 ounce smoked sausage, plus fruit, vegetables, olives & nuts
460 calories; protein 23.5g; carbohydrates 25.7g; dietary fiber 5.7g; sugars 3.5g; fat 31g; saturated fat 14.5g; cholesterol 60.1mg; vitamin a iu 1492.3IU; vitamin c 8.3mg; folate 33.9mcg; calcium 297.3mg; iron 1.8mg; magnesium 51.4mg; potassium 256.1mg; sodium 908.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

3 1/2 high-fat protein, 1 fat, 1 starch