Bright colors, assorted textures and flavors makes this Vegetable, Fruit and Cheese Board the perfect holiday table centerpiece.
Someone pinch me! Halloween has come and gone and now the holiday lights around town are starting to twinkle. Where did the time go? I’m not sure if I’m ready for the holidays. However, I will say that entertaining this year just got easier. I’m making Vegetable, Fruit and Cheese Boards for all our holiday gatherings.
Creating a vegetable, fruit and cheese board is one of the easiest ways to feed a crowd. It’s also a nice way to keep the food table fresh, healthy and filling. And bonus, it makes a gorgeous centerpiece on the food table. It’s a tasty conversation piece that allows guests to stand around the table talking, celebrating and of course, eating.
I like to include a little bit of everything on my board, which creates a lovely visual for guests.
There is no right or wrong way to assemble this Vegetable, Fruit and Cheese Board, just use your creativity and an assortment of luscious ingredients.
I begin my board with the dip or dips, cheese, vegetables and then fruit. After those ingredients are placed on the board, I fill in the empty spaces with fun ingredients like dried fruit, dried vegetables, nuts, charcuterie, condiments and crackers or breadsticks.
If I run out of room for the crackers and crostini or breadsticks, I’ll place those on a separate platter. You can also use edible flowers or fresh herbs for garnish.
Browse your local market for interesting vegetables such as Romanesco and jicama, and dried fruit like orange slices, pineapple, mango or figs. These ingredients will make the board colorful as well exotic.
Whether you’re making a small board for an intimate gathering or a large board for a large and festive gathering, Vegetable, Fruit and Cheese Boards are always a delicious way to start a celebration.
Wishing you all a most delicious and festive holiday season! I’ll be back with more tasty recipes soon. Until then feel free to follow my social media channels, INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for all my impromptu food and Gus musings. (wink wink).
A lovely Vegetable, Fruit and Cheese Board that will serve as a gorgeous and tasty holiday centerpiece.
3 different kinds of cheese; soft, hard and crumbly (about 6 ounces each)
4-5 different kinds of vegetables; mini peppers, carrots, romanesco, cauliflower, broccoli, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, jicama, etc.
3-4 different kinds of fruit; strawberries, grapes, raspberries, cherries, figs, halved apricots, fresh orange slices, etc.
2-3 different kinds of charcuterie
2-3 dips, mustards or spreads
1-2 kinds of crackers or crostini, cheese crisps, breadsticks
Sun dried tomatoes, gherkins, artichokes
Dried vegetables, such as beets or peas or sweet potato chips
Dried fruit, such as dried orange slices, dried figs and dried apricots
1-2 different kinds of nuts, such as pecans, almonds, pistachios or cashews
Begin with a wood, marble or slate board. I have a large wood cutting board I use as a veggie and cheese board. My board is about 15×12 and is perfect for serving up to 12 adults if needed.
Start with the dip bowls. I place them near each end of the board. Then I place the cheese on the board. I like to have one whole round or wedge of cheese and then little slices or nibbles of cheese throughout the board. But you can use all rounds, halves or wedges of cheese if you like.
Next place the veggies around the cheese and near the dips. Then fill in with the fresh fruit. As the board begins to fill, add a hand full of nuts, crackers, dried fruit and veggies, charcuterie and condiments in the empty spaces. There is no right or wrong way to fill a vegetable, fruit and cheese board. Just use your creativity to place the ingredients.
If you find yourself running out of space on the board, place the crackers, crostini and breadsticks on an additional platter.
Dips: Assorted flavors and styles of Hummus, Chimichurri, Romesco, Homemade Ranch, Tzaziki, Buttermilk, Dill, French Onion, Spinach and Eggplant