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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Patriotic Charcuterie Board will be an absolute hit at your next 4th of July or Memorial Day gathering! You’ll get the best tips on how to put together the perfect red, white and blue charcuterie board!
Thanksgiving is all about the feast, but during the afternoon, I like to serve some appetizers to snack on. This Thanksgiving appetizer and cheese platter is perfect for guests to graze while cooking the traditional turkey feast!
Whether it's the big game or just a normal game day, this is a crowd pleasing, easy to make appetizer that everyone with love, perfect for college or professional football. Root for your favorite team with a delicious meat and cheese platter.
Charcuterie Boards have become not only festive but all the rage. Making a Pancake Charcuterie Board will wow your family or those you serve Breakfast to and trust me, their faces will light up as they dive in and enjoy such a beautiful presentation.
Learn How To Build A Russian Charcuterie Board using this detailed guide and video! The bright and hearty flavors, variety of colors, and diverse ingredients make this the ultimate crowd-pleasing snack board!
Learn to make the most amazing Keto and Low Carb friendly charcuterie board, the perfect appetizer or party spread! Create your own by combining elements from this list of low carb and low sugar cured meats, cheeses, spreads, nuts, fruit, and more!
Meat Lovers Charcuterie Board is a great addition to any family gathering, holiday or celebration. Made with smoked chicken, pork, homemade sausages, delicious cheese, olives, fresh fruit, crusty bread and crackers.
Celebrate healthy and plant-based snack foods with these ideas for creating a Vegan Charcuterie Board. Serve this yummy snack tray at holidays, parties, or any type of gathering with friends or family.
If you’re feeling festive, you simply must make this adorable Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board! Made with plenty of candies, treats, and all kinds of sweets, personalizing a mug of hot cocoa has never been this fun. Perfect for parties all season long, or just for treating your family while you watch all your favorite Christmas movies!