Although charcuterie boards are typically meat and meat alone, you won’t miss the animal products in this plant-based version! The key to building a great vegan charcuterie board is having lots of unique flavours and options. We know that plant-based cheese can sometimes miss the mark… these recommendations have been tested by vegans and non-vegans alike and loved by all!
Step 1: Plant-Based Cheeses:
We’ve tried them all, these are our top picks for charcuterie! Choose 1-2 of these, scattered throughout the board as your centerpiece:
Spread’Em The Delight
Pulse Kitchen Sharp Cashew Cheddar
Step 2: Dips & Condiments
Place these throughout the board as ‘anchors’ and spread vegetables and crackers around it.
Our favorite: Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Hummus of Choice: Try red pepper, tomato, or beet hummus for extra flavour
Our favourite: Bobali Roasted Garlic & Truffle Hummus
Savoury Jelly: These pair deliciously with plant-based cheese!
Optional: Tapenade, Pesto, Guacamole, Antipasto dip, Oli and Vinegar, Grainy Mustard
Step 3: Crackers & Bread
Scatter your crackers and bread around your cheese and dip anchors in a messy fan
Try: Eve’s Chili & Pumpkin, FreeYum Herb & Seed, Rustic Bakery Sourdough Flatbread Crackers, or baguette
Step 4: Plant-Based Meats
This is optional, but there are some great alternatives out there!
Step 5: Fruits & Veggies
Layer in colourful fruits and vegetables! The more colour, the better! Try rainbow carrots, coloured pepper, and cucumber, or add extra colour with fresh berries, pomegranates, and grapes!
Step 6: Anti-Pastis & Extras
Fill in the gaps with olives, pickled vegetables, pretzels, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, or even chocolate
Top Tips for Extra Aesthetic Charcuterie:
- Start by loosely placing arugula around the board. This will automatically fill in any blank space, and it is delicious with cheese or dip and crackers!
- Garnish your dips to add texture! For example: Instead of just using a container of hummus, put some hummus in a ramekin and sprinkle it with cumin, sesame seeds or some fresh herbs to make it pop!
- The more colour the better! Add lots of fresh fruits and vegetables like coloured mini peppers, rainbow carrots, berries, and radishes!
Take it up a notch!
Try these recipes to add a homemade touch to your charcuterie!