Charcuterie boards are one of my favorite ways to eat. Through the summer we were having them every Sunday night for dinner, and when I'm not sure what to cook, they're an easy go-to! One of the things that I love about them is that they are easily customizable and can accommodate a variety of dietary needs at the same time, because each person can choose the parts that work for them. I always try to include a couple of options from each of the following categories for a diverse board with tons of flavors! I've listed some of my favorites, but feel free to branch out and add whatever suits your fancy.
1. VEGGIES // radishes, persian cucumbers, bell peppers, sliced carrots, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, arugula (wrapped with prosciutto)
2. FRUIT // grapes, sliced apple/pear, fresh berries, dates/dried figs/cranberries
3. PROTEINS // smoked salmon, prosciutto, salami/pepperoni (I prefer Applegate brand), cheese (we love the 1000 Day Gouda from Trader Joe's), pâté
4. OLIVES/PICKLES // dried botija olives, castelvetrano olives, cornichon pickles
5. NUTS/SEEDS // I'll use whatever I have on hand, but macadamia nuts, walnuts, almonds, and cashews are some of my favorites!
6. CONDIMENTS //dijon mustard, pesto, aioli (I use Primal Kitchens Mayo as a shortcut!), jam
Once I have all of my ingredients, I like to pull them all out on the counter and add them item by item to the board. I usually start with the bigger ones and work my way down to the smaller. I have as much fun putting together and styling the board as I do eating it!
That's really all you need to know. Charcuterie boards are so versatile and there's really no wrong way to put one together, so jump right in and go for it!