Looking for unique charcuterie board ideas for your next snacking occasion? Check out this list of 36 creative charcuterie board inspirations from all over the world. There’s a board for every season, holiday, meal and diet.

A unique charcuterie board made especially for wine tasting, including cheeses, veggie chips, olives, fruit, nuts, meat and crackers.

You can’t open Instagram or look at a restaurant menu these days without seeing a charcuterie board. They’ve really taken off in popularity in the past few years!

I took an entire semester on charcuterie in culinary school. It was focused more on actually making cured meats and sausages rather than composing pretty boards, but it definitely started my obsession!

As you know, I’ve shared quite a few unique charcuterie board ideas for various holidays and occasions around here already.

Each time I put together a new board (or even jarcuterie), I love taking inspiration from boards I see at restaurants and on social media, and putting my own spin on them.

Throughout this post, you’ll find beautiful ideas for different charcuterie boards from the internet to inspire you next time you put one together!

A slate board filled with meat, cheese, bread, honey and roasted grapes.

What is a charcuterie board?

While “charcuterie” is a French term for the realm of cooking devoted to cured meats, sausage, terrines, and pates, these days the term “charcuterie board” has come to mean just about any type of food artfully arranged on a board.

Plenty of classic charcuterie boards will still include salami and prosciutto (or even pepperoni like my wine and cheese board), but they might include cheese, crackers, breads, veggies, spreads, and fruits like roasted grapes, too.

Other boards use the term charcuterie very loosely and really don’t have anything to do at all with cured pork products (they may even be vegan, or made of entirely sweet elements!).

The 36 unique charcuterie board ideas below include everything from classic charcuterie to creative boards meant to be served as dessert.

Oval platter filled with cheeses, fruit, honey, jam, nuts, meats and flowers.

Why I love charcuterie boards:

The number one reason I love charcuterie boards is that they are so adaptable!

First of all, the SIZE of your board can range anywhere from an afternoon snack for one to a savory baked brie board for four.

From a two person picnic with a muffin pan portable cheese board (along with a few bourbon lemon rosemary cocktails or basil cocktails), to a banquet-sized spread for a 200-guest wedding reception.

Charcuterie boards are also adaptable to your taste preferences and dietary needs. These days there is SO much charcuterie board inspiration out there that I guarantee you can find one that suits your needs.

You can also make them as affordable or pricey as you like. I’ve made boards using humble smoked sausage that I’ve enjoyed just as much as boards that include pricy imported prosciutto.

A unique charcuterie board featuring cheese fondue, smoked sausage, veggies, bread, pretzels and apples.

The best tips to make a unique charcuterie board that is seasonal and perfect for any occasion:

It’s easy to come up with a unique charcuterie board idea for any season and any holiday.

For seasonal boards, I like to start with in season produce. Things like figs in the fall, pears in the winter, local asparagus in the spring, and strawberries in the early summer. From there, I build my meats and cheeses around what best pairs with that produce.

For holidays, I first start by thinking about color. Think lots of orange and black for a Halloween snack board, and reds and blues for the 4th of July, etc.

I also like to incorporate flavors that are traditional for that holiday. Maybe something cinnamon-flavored for Thanksgiving and definitely chocolate for Valentine’s Day.

Ready to build your own unique charcuterie board? Get started with the inspiration below!

36 Unique Charcuterie Board Ideas

Looking for unique charcuterie board ideas for your next snacking occasion? Check out this list of 36 creative charcuterie board inspirations from all over the world. There's a board for every season, holiday, meal and diet.

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