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A Mediterranean Charcuterie Board in 10 Minutes or Less

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The Mediterranean diet pattern is known for being one of the healthiest in the world (1). It’s no surprise, then, that a Mediterranean charcuterie board would be perfect for any party! This board is filled with healthy, delicious options like olives, roasted peppers, and feta cheese. Not to mention, it’s easy to put together and can be tailored to fit any dietary needs. So why not try out this recipe for your next party?

mediterranean charcuterie board ideas

What is a charcuterie board?

A charcuterie board is an appetizer that typically includes a variety of cured meats, cheeses, nuts, and olives. The meats and cheeses are usually arranged on a wooden board or platter, and the olives and nuts are often served in small bowls alongside.

Charcuterie boards can be found in many different sizes and shapes, but they typically serve between 4 and 8 people. While charcuterie boards are typically served as an appetizer, they can also be enjoyed as a light meal or snack.

When choosing meats and cheeses for your charcuterie board, it’s important to select a variety of flavors and textures. For example, you might include a smoked sausage, a sharp cheddar cheese, and a creamy brie. Charcuterie boards are also typically served with crackers, breads, fruit and chopped vegetables.

This not only provides a contrasting flavor and texture, but it also helps to balance out the saltiness of the meats and cheeses. Ultimately, a charcuterie board is a simple yet elegant way to entertain guests or enjoy a quick meal.

What traditionally goes on a charcuterie board?

A charcuterie board usually includes a selection of cured meats, cheeses, and other savory snacks that is typically served as an appetizer. While there are many different ways to assemble a charcuterie board, Mediterranean-style boards are particularly popular.

These often include items such as prosciutto, salami, olives, and various types of cheese. Mediterranean-style boards can also include fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and seeds. The key to creating a successful charcuterie board is to choose a variety of flavors and textures that will please all of your guests. With a little bit of planning, you can create a charcuterie board that everyone will enjoy!

What are some Mediterranean cheeses?

Some Mediterranean cheeses that can be used for a charcuterie board are:

  • Feta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Asiago cheese
  • Gouda cheese
  • Brie cheese
  • Manchego Cheese
  • Iberico Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Goat Cheese

How to make a Mediterranean charcuterie board

mediterranean diet charcuterie board

Sometimes called mezze boards, a Mediterranean charcuterie board can pull inspiration from countries all throughout this region. Here’s how I make an easy Mediterranean charcuterie board without overthinking it too much. The best part is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can arrange the ingredients in the way you find to be the most visually pleasing!

Ingredients

  • Assortment of meats (smoked salmon, salami, prosciutto)
  • Assortment of cheeses (feta, Asiago, brie)
  • Olives
  • Grapes (green and red, for additional color)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Hummus
  • Crackers or breadsticks

Instructions

  1. Start by arranging your meats and cheeses on the board. Try to alternate them for a visual mix of colors and textures.
  2. Arrange the crackers or breadsticks around the charcuterie board.
  3. Add in some olives, grapes and cherry tomatoes.
  4. Serve with a creamy dip such as hummus, tzatziki or bean dip.

Extra tips for serving a charcuterie board

  1. Have toothpicks and small serving platters nearby. This will make it easy for your guests to serve themselves as they please.
  2. Garnish your charcuterie board with interesting herbs or edible flowers. This will give it a nice presentation and add some flavor.
  3. Use different types of cheese and meats. This will give your board a variety of flavors and textures.
  4. Experiment with different spreads and dips. This will add some extra flavor to your board.
  5. Serve it at room temperature. This will ensure that the cheeses and meats are at their best flavor.

Additional Mediterranean recipes

mediterranean diet charcuterie board recipe

Mediterranean Charcuterie Board Recipe

Melissa E. Nieves, LND, RD, MPH
This recipe is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for something special to serve your guests. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create an amazing Mediterranean charcuterie board that everyone will love.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8 servings
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • Prosciutto, sliced
  • Salami slices thinly sliced
  • Smoked salmon slices thinly sliced
  • Brie cheese cubed or in wedges
  • Asiago cheese cubed or sliced
  • Feta cheese sliced or cubed
  • Grapes green and red
  • Olives
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Crackers of choice or breadsticks
  • Hummus dip

Instructions
 

  • Start by arranging your meats and cheeses on the board. Try to alternate them for a visual mix of colors and textures.
  • Arrange the crackers or breadsticks around the charcuterie board.
  • Add in the olives, grapes and cherry tomatoes.
  • Serve with a creamy dip such as hummus, tzatziki or bean dip.
Keyword Appetizer, Charcuterie Board, Easy Recipe, Healthy Recipe, Mediterranean Recipe

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