How to Create a Gorgeous & Delicious Summer Charcuterie Board

Summer is the perfect time to gather with friends and family, enjoy the sunshine, and indulge in delicious snacks. And what better way to do that than with a carefully crafted charcuterie board? Whether you're hosting a backyard BBQ or having a picnic at the park, a well-curated charcuterie board is a surefire way to impress your guests. Here are some tips for crafting the perfect summer charcuterie board.

First, choose your board wisely. Charcuterie boards come in all shapes and sizes, and it's important to pick the right one for your occasion. If you're hosting a large gathering, you may want to go with a larger board or even multiple boards to accommodate all of your guests. If you're having a more intimate get-together, a smaller board may be the perfect fit. Additionally, consider the material of the board. A wooden board provides a rustic feel, while a marble board exudes elegance.

Next, choose your ingredients carefully. Summer is the perfect time to incorporate fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables into your charcuterie board. Think juicy watermelon slices, crisp cucumber rounds, and plump strawberries. Pair these with a variety of cheeses, cured meats, crackers, and spreads for a well-rounded board. Don't be afraid to get creative with your pairings! For example, try pairing brie cheese with sliced peaches and prosciutto for a sweet and savory combination.

Finally, presentation is key. Arrange your ingredients in an aesthetically pleasing way, using different textures and heights to create visual interest. Don't overcrowd your board – leave some breathing room for your guests to easily pick and choose their favorite items. Use small bowls or ramekins to contain spreads or dips, and add fresh herbs or flowers for a pop of color.

Here's our recommendations for what to include on your charcuterie board, with an emphasis on fresh, bright, seasonal flavors.

  1. Fresh fruits: Slice up some seasonal fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. These colorful and juicy fruits add a refreshing touch to the board.

  2. Vegetables: Include a variety of fresh vegetables like cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, carrots, and radishes. You can also add roasted vegetables like grilled zucchini or eggplant for added depth of flavor.

  3. Cheeses: Select a mix of soft, hard, and creamy cheeses. Brie, camembert, cheddar, gouda, and goat cheese are popular choices. Cut them into bite-sized pieces for easy snacking.

  4. Cured meats: Salami, prosciutto, and chorizo are all popular choices for a charcuterie board. Roll them up or fold them into interesting shapes for visual interest.

  5. Crackers and bread: Offer a selection of crackers, breadsticks, and sliced baguette to accompany the cheeses and meats.

  6. Spreads: Add some variety to your board by including spreads like honey, fig jam, or dijon mustard. You can also include some hummus or pesto for a Mediterranean twist.

  7. Nuts: Almonds, pistachios, and cashews are great additions to a charcuterie board. They add a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor.

  8. Olives: Offer a variety of olives such as green, black, and kalamata. They're a great salty addition to the board.