A cheesy charcuterie board is a fun way to share your favorite plant-based foods with friends. 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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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

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.

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.

Remember, there really are no rules when it comes to creating the perfect charcuterie board. It’s the perfect 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.

Take pictures and show us your masterpiece on IG! Be sure to tag #GetVevafied for a chance to be featured.

Looking for more inspo for what to serve at your next get-together? Be sure to check out our Indulge recipe files for all kinds of ideas, from apps and sides to main dishes and desserts.