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DIY Vegan Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board is the perfect spread for any party. (hint: the Super Bowl!) All you need is a tray or wooden cutting board and you’re good to go.

Since traditional charcuterie boards are mostly meat and cheese, I have a few tips for assembling a plant-based board of your own. Really though, the nice thing about this concept is combining lots of things you (and your guests) love and arranging them together. Read my suggestions, then add anything you want!

Use a variety of fresh vegetables: Anything you think your guests would like, go for it! I tried to stay pretty simple with my vegetable choices and used celery, sweet peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

Add fruit to the mix: Who doesn’t love something sweet? I mixed fresh fruit and dried fruit, using grapes, strawberries, dried mango, and mandarin oranges.

Spreads: It’s important to choose a few different spreads so there are dipping options. I like to do one savory, one creamy, and one sweet so I used garlic hummus, Kite Hill vegan chive cream cheese, and fig spread.

Something crunchy: Personally, I think crackers bring the tray together and serve as a base. I like to provide two or three options. For this board I used Simple Mills garlic & herb sprouted seed crackers, Flackers rosemary flavor, and Mary’s Gone Crackers Basil & Garlic flavor.

Extras: Once you have the four main items, add anything else you think your guests will like. I added raw cashews and raw almonds to throw healthy fats in the mix.

Once you have everything gathered, begin laying it on your board. I started by laying my dips out evenly, then added the vegetables, fruit, and crackers, fitting the smallest things in last.

 

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