Charcuterie boards may have roots in 15th-century France but millennials have brought them back in a big way. If you look up “charcuterie” on Instagram, you’ll get over one million results!
No summer activities are complete without a great charcuterie board. They complete picnic meals, provide delicious snacks for beach days, and put a cherry on top of any outdoor date night.
Are you getting ready to make your first charcuterie board? Are you looking for some new ways to spice up your go-to charcuterie board snacks?
Read on for five fun charcuterie board ideas that everyone will love!
A traditional charcuterie board combines cured meats, cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, nuts, and other delicious food items in an artistic way. They should be beautiful but the beauty shouldn’t outshine the quality of the food! Start with this artisan style salami to create a traditional charcuterie board that no one will ever forget.
Make a Dessert Board
Charcuterie boards always mix the sweet with the savory but what if you made one that let the sweetness shine? Combine fruit (chocolate-covered strawberries, anyone?) with small cookies, unique candies, and miniature pastries. You can also include sweet jams and dipping chocolate to maintain that interactive element we love about charcuterie boards.
Use Fruits and Veggies to Eat the Rainbow
Do you want to incorporate more nutrition and fewer calories into your charcuterie board? You can still create a beautiful board by creating gorgeous, tempting arrangements of fruits and veggies in addition to the traditional meats and cheeses. When we eat the rainbow, we boost our nutrition–and who doesn’t love eating bright, colorful foods?
Showcase Your Local Food Vendors With an All-Local Charcuterie Board
Are you looking for great summer date ideas that will showcase all your favorite local spots? Put together an all-local charcuterie board! Head to your bakery for breads and pastries, your deli for meats, cheeses, and antipasti, and your farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Take a Staycation With a Country-Themed Board
Want to explore another country’s cuisine from the comfort of home? Pick a specific country and make a charcuterie board inspired by their delicacies and traditional foods. For example, take a trip to Germany with soft pretzel bites and mustard, fresh sauerkraut, bratwurst bites, and more!
Which Charcuterie Board Ideas Will You Try This Summer?
Charcuterie boards have been around for centuries and they’ve come back in a big way. Making a charcuterie board is a great way to share fantastic foods with your friends and family and make wonderful memories over tasty bites. Which of these fun charcuterie board ideas are you going to try next?
Charcuterie boards are for food lovers and give you an opportunity to express your artistic side. Are you looking for more fun and exciting ways to express yourself through healthy cooking? Take a look at our recipes and fun food facts to get inspired and find your next favorite dish.