Whether you are hosting a party or a holiday get-together, a vegan charcuterie board is a fantastic way to delight your guests. These vibrant arrangements provide a variety of choices, flavors, and textures, making them a gorgeous focal point for guests to gather around. While creating your own vegan charcuterie board might seem overwhelming, it becomes easy with these helpful tips and inspiring ideas to guide you.
A vegan charcuterie board is a visually stunning and mouthwatering assortment of plant-based foods and snacks. While “charcuterie” typically brings to mind cured meats, a plant-based adaptation may seem contradictory. However, the vegan version delights without the use of animal-based products.
These boards typically feature an array of vegan cheeses, plant-based cold cuts or slices, and an assortment of fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, nuts, olives, pickles, dips, and various crackers or bread.
The aim is to offer a diverse range of textures and flavors, creating a balanced and aesthetically pleasing spread that caters to both vegans and non-vegans. These grazing boards are not only delicious but also a creative way to showcase cruelty-free alternatives for those who choose a plant-based diet.
Creating your own stunning and balanced vegan charcuterie board is not only a super fun experience but also an opportunity to showcase your creativity while catering to a variety of tastes. A vegan grazing board can have as many or as few elements as you like. Follow these steps to create an elaborate or simple board for any occasion!
The first step in preparing your own vegan charcuterie board is to gather all the essentials you’ll need. Begin by selecting a suitable canvas for your masterpiece, such as a large wooden platter, a slate slab, or a marble board.
Next, take some time to research or create a list of your favorite vegan cheeses, plant-based cold cuts, fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, nuts, dips, pickled items, and crackers or bread. Keep in mind that a successful grazing board engages the senses, so aim for a diverse array of flavors, colors, and textures when planning your selections.
Add plant-based cold cuts to your board, creating attractive folds and rolls. Choose from options like vegan salami, deli slices, and plant-based pepperoni and ham. These choices provide a savory and protein-rich element to your board. Here are some brands that we love:
Our vegan pepperoni guide has more options for store-bought brands, plus a recipe for homemade, plant-based pepperoni if you’d like to give that a try!
When selecting vegan cheeses for your board, aim for a mix of hard and soft cheeses with different flavors. Serve the entire wheel, slices, or cubes for easy serving, and position them in groups around the board.
Some ideas for vegan cheese can include:
Need more cheese ideas? Check out our article on the best vegan cheese brands for more options and recipes.
Add some fruity and nutty goodness to your arrangement! Scatter fresh grapes, apple slices, strawberries, blackberries, and peaches around your board. They add natural sweetness and a refreshing contrast to the savory elements. Enhance the color and texture by placing dried fruits such as apricots, figs, or cranberries in the gaps.
Consider adding jam or fruit spreads to your board for a festive touch.
For a pop of color, add cut vegetables to your board for freshness and crunch. Sliced carrots, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and celery are all great choices!
Dips add some fun and curiosity to a grazing board. Some great options are homemade hummus, fresh pesto, vegan tzatziki, or even a spicy mustard. Place these in small bowls around your board for easy dipping.
Adding an assortment of baguette slices, pita bread, pretzels, and crackers gives your guests something to scoop dips up with. It also adds some heartiness. For a gluten-free cracker option, try making our easy almond flour crackers.)
You may want to add small bowls of infused olive oil for dipping the bread into. You can find sweet, savory, and spicy infused oils for adding a unique choice and touch!
Add nuts like walnuts, pistachios, almonds, and macadamia nuts for a bit of crunch. Selecting candied or savory-flavored nuts offers even more choices for your guests.
Want more bread options? Check out our guide to vegan bread with delicious homemade recipes and store-bought options.
Pickled components add a zesty and bright component to the board. It also offers a vibrant, acidic pop of flavor that works well with the other ingredients.
Complete your masterpiece by filling any remaining gaps with leftover items you have. For a finishing touch, garnish your board with fresh herbs like rosemary, chives, or thyme, which look beautiful and add a festive flair.
Creating a welcoming and gorgeous vegan charcuterie board is all about embracing your own style and having fun. Experiment with colors, shapes, and flavors as you like… it’s your culinary canvas!
Don’t hesitate to play with different pairings; that’s where the magic happens. Once you create a beautiful, plant-based spread that everyone can dig into, you’ve mastered the art of creating your own plant-based charcuterie board!
The ideas for a vegan charcuterie party are endless. You can gather your favorite ingredients or choose a theme to build around. Here are a few inspirational ideas and vegan charcuterie recipes to get you started.
This epic vegan charcuterie board is perfect for big parties or the holidays! Consider adding seasonal ingredients when drafting your shopping list to celebrate the holidays in style. Dried cranberries, rosemary sprigs, pomegranate seeds, persimmons, and citrus are great choices to include.
More epic-themed board ideas can include Mediterranean, football, dessert, Asian fusion, tropical, Mexican, breakfast or brunch, French, rustic farmhouse, and Italian.
Skip the expensive vegan cheese boards and go all out on hummus. Adding simple toppings to your hummus can turn plain hummus into three different flavor varieties! This is a very budget-friendly option if you’d love to try vegan charcuterie boards but are concerned about the cost.
This colorful vegetable charcuterie board has such a beautiful array of flavors and textures. Adding bowls of dip to the board adds an interesting visual statement and also gives your guests choices.
There are so many amazing plant-based cheeses available in stores and online. Grabbing a few wheels and pairing them with fresh fruit offers your guests a stunning and delicious display.
Arranging a charcuterie board is easy once you’ve gathered your ingredients. Placing bowls in various locations around your board and then filling the space in between with them is a great strategy!
The key to a great veggie charcuterie board is all about choices. The more diverse flavors, textures, and colors it offers, the more likely your guests will be going back in for that extra bite.
Fresh produce is key to creating a beautiful grazing board. Choose from every color of the rainbow, and don’t be afraid to add in some green veggies to pump up the vibrancy. Add some vegan honey for some extra sweetness!
Charcuterie boards are great for kids too because they have perfect-sized components that are easy for little fingers to pick up!
Now that you have guidance, tips, and inspiration for arranging a vegan grazing board, here are some additional tips to help you along the way:
The holidays can be a busy time. Purchasing a vegan charcuterie box online may be a convenient choice for you. Here are some choices to consider if you’d like to take that route!
Harry and David have created a deluxe vegan charcuterie and cheese assortment with a wide array of plant-based meat, vegan cheeses, fruit pastes, and crackers!
Platterful offers a Plant-Based Perfection Charcuterie Kit complete with lots of plant-based products including cheese, fig salami, vegan jerky, crackers, and more.
This gorgeous plant-based grazing box from Nibel offers a gorgeous display of fresh fruit, vegan cheese, olives, nuts, and plant-based salami.