A cheesy vegan charcuterie board is a fun way to share your favorite plant-based foods with friends. If you’re stumped on how to make a charcuterie board, let alone how to make a vegan charcuterie board, don’t worry – Vevan has you covered! Get ready to impress with this simple, step-by-step guide (inspired by our recipe) to building a vegan charcuterie board that looks – and tastes – absolutely amazing!

How to make a charcuterie board

We’ll dig into how to adapt your board if you or your fellow charcuterie lovers practice a vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian lifestyle. But for now, let’s go over the basics of building a beautiful (and delicious!) board.

Step 1: Start with a flat platter. We like the visual interest of the wood grains in this round board, but you can go with whatever shape and style suits you best.

Step 2: Next, position some small containers to hold dips, sauces and other small items that you want to keep separate from other foods. Think prepared jams, fruit spreads, chutney, hummus and tapenade. These basic white ramekins are an attractive contrast to all the colorful foods we’ll be adding.

Step 3: Add your main ingredient – in this case dairy-free Vevan cheese, and lots of it! We used Vevan Melts in Ched, Mozza and P’Jack. Whatever you choose, offer a selection of flavors (and for the sake of good looks, be sure to choose a mix of colors, too). Cut a variety of slices, wedges and cubes for more visual appeal.

Step 4: Fill your ramekins or containers so you can easily wipe up any spills before the other ingredients are added.

Step 5: Begin filling in with dry ingredients like fresh veggies (carrots, celery, cucumber, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli) and dried fruit (apricots, figs, cherries, persimmons, dates).

Step 6: Add vegan meats, if you like, along with your favorite relish, such as olives, pickles, artichoke hearts, pickled veggies, pepperoncini peppers.

Step 7: Offer a selection of breads in different sizes, flavors and textures. We used thinly sliced baguettes and crackers. Bread sticks and cubes of breads like sourdough or pumpernickel are also good choices.

Step 8: Finish with garnish. An assortment of fresh fruit like grapes, blueberries, raspberries, figs, sliced oranges, apples, strawberries and blackberries works well. (Tip: After washing the fruit, be sure to pat dry thoroughly so colors don’t bleed or get other ingredients soggy.) You can also add sprigs of herbs like dill or parsley for a pretty final touch.

What to put on a vegan charcuterie board

The main difference between a regular charcuterie and vegan charcuterie board is probably obvious – the cheese and the meat. So, how do you make your charcuterie board vegan? Time to get Vevafied!

Following our Vegan Charcuterie Board recipe, we suggest our 100% awesome, 0% dairy-free Vevan Melts in these three insanely delicious, outrageously awesome flavors: Ched, Mozza and P’Jack. To make things more visually interesting, try cutting in different shapes like squares, triangles or whatever cookie cutter shapes you may have on hand, like hearts in this special Valentine’s Vegan Charcuterie Board.

If you’re a flexitarian, consider adding your favorite meats like pepperoni, prosciutto, salami and sopressata. Sticking with a fully vegan charcuterie board, we recommend plant-based versions of these meats or try adding something hearty like Vevan Marinated-Mozza Bites or this Mozza, Onion & Raspberry Cheeseball – just don’t be surprised if they steal the show!

How to eat a charcuterie board

Remember, there really are no rules when it comes to creating the perfect vegan charcuterie board. It’s a delightful excuse to try something new, along with a mix of the flavors you like best. Just be sure to include some pops of color so it’s visually appealing, too.

Go for your favorites, and don’t forget to pair with your choice of beverages and tunes to create the perfect party atmosphere, even if you happen to be a party of one. (Pro tip: vegan charcuterie boards are not just for parties! Consider making one for lunch or dinner to make your cheese-lovin’ dreams come true.) if you’re feeding a crowd, consider offering up toothpicks for selecting and serving those tasty board selections.

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