Charcuterie boards are not only gorgeous, they contain a combination of flavors and nibbles for a simple no-fuss party snack!

It’s not difficult to prepare a meat and cheese board that everyone will rave about! Adding various flavors from simple everyday ingredients takes very little prep and just minutes to build!

I’ve included a few tips below to make sure your next party platter is the talk of the event!

Charcuterie Board with blueberries

This post is sponsored by Walmart and SheKnows Media.

Weekends around here are for hanging out with friends, enjoying drinks and sitting around the table with a glass of wine telling stories.  It’s truly my preferred way to spend a Friday night.

Preparing a Charcuterie board is not only fun, it always looks gorgeous and it’s quicker and easier than ordering a pizza!

What is Charcuterie?

First off … how do you pronounce charcuterie?  [shahr-koo-tuhree].

Charcuterie is the art of preparing meats which are often cured or smoked such as bacon, ham or salami.  A charcutier is a person who prepares charcuterie and while the term is loosely translated in English to “pork butcher”, any kind of meat can be used.

A charcuterie board is commonly seen on menus pretty much everywhere these days and it’s the perfect way to enjoy some nibbles with friends and family!

Charcuterie Board with dips

Preparing a Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board most often consists of a variety of meats and cheeses and often fruit or nuts; essentially a meat and cheese board!

It’s very easy to prepare a charcuterie and you can find absolutely everything you need at Walmart!

The gorgeous wood board in the photos on this post was purchased at Walmart (it’s a part of the Pioneer Woman Collection) along with all of the ingredients! If you’d prefer, Walmart also has a great selection of plates to create the perfect Charcuterie platter!

close up of ingredients for Charcuterie Board

As you begin thinking about making the perfect charcuterie board, you will want to start thinking about different colors and textures to make it vibrant and interesting.

Red and black berries, dried apricots, fresh herbs, pickles, olives and various dips can add lots of color.

The board should look full, don’t be afraid to pile and stack them while thinking about varying the different items throughout.

Charcuterie Board being served

Meat: I estimate about 3-4 slices of meat per person when building a board.  I try to include a variety of flavors and textures for example a sliced pepper salami, a rolled prosciutto and thoughtfully piled ham.

Cheese: Choose a variety of cheeses; about 1 or 2 oz per person as an hors d’oeuvre.  Look for various hard and soft cheeses from mellow to sharp.  Cheeses are easiest served already sliced.

Bread and Crackers: Again variety is key, I like to include buttery flaky crackers, grain crackers and thinly sliced and toasted baguettes.

Fruit & Nuts: Both dried and fresh fruit will add gorgeous color and lots of flavor to your charcuterie board! As you are purchasing fruits, keep a variety of colors in mind for a beautiful board.  Nuts should be shelled and salted.

Pickles, Olives and Dips: Adding small bowls filled with dill pickles, olives, jellies, mustards and delicious dips is a great way to add some zip and flavor to your board.

Most of the items can be prepared, washed and/or sliced ahead of time meaning this easy appetizer can take just minutes to prepare.

A beautiful meat and cheese board with various flavors takes very little prep and just minutes to build! I was able to find all of
the items I needed at Walmart. Below is the list of some of my favorite additions!


Sliced Monterey Jack Cheese
Sliced Cheddar Cheese
El Cortijo Manchego Wedge Cheese
Bel Gioioso Parmesan Cheese Wedge


Peppered Salame


Dried Apricots
Assorted fresh berries
Cherry tomatoes



Marketside French Baguette sliced and toasted
Ritz Crackers
Everything Pretzel Crisps
Artisan or Seeded Crackers


Planters Nuts
Marketside Spinach Dip
Marketside Onion Dip
Great Value Black Olives
Mini Dill Pickles

The next time you need an easy and totally fuss free party snack, creating a charcuterie board is not only loved by everyone… it’s so pretty!

I am excited to have partnered with Walmart & SheKnows Media to bring you this post.  While I was compensated, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

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  1. Hello thanks for this but I need to correct you. What you’re showing isn’t a charcuterie board at all. Charcuterie is charcuterie, cheese is cheese. In France you don’t eat both on the same board. You START with a charcuterie board (ONLY MEAT – maybe pickles) BEFORE the meal, with apéritif, and you END the meal with a cheese board that is its own separate thing. Neither of these have guacamole or dips or whatever. The cheese board MIGHT have some fruit or one type of jam and some nuts but no dips. Also NEVER crackers. French people don’t even know what crackers are. We just don’t eat them/use them/know about them. We also wouldn’t have tomatoes let alone BANANAS (what???) on a charcuterie board. It’s not a ‘dump anything’ board, it’s literally nothing else than a cold cuts board, period. Hope this helps :)

    1. Thanks for your insight.

      Charcuterie certainly refers to the preparation of the meat, you can find information in the post. Where I live, this is a common way to serve charcuterie as a party food. The great thing about a board is you can put just meat on yours if that is how you like to serve it. :) Enjoy!

    2. Audrey- get over yourself. Some of us entertain with children present, so fruit is a must.  Don’t take it so seriously. We like crackers and bananas here in the US.  

      1. French people do have kids too to be clear!
        They eat cheese and fruit as well, just on different board which is called cheese board.
        Charcuterie def. it refers to cured meat so crackers ,dips, olives and fruits aren’t cured -this is what Audrey was trying to explain.
        You can make your own American “charcuterie” board with hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, jello ,mayonnaise, ranch dressing and macaroni salad= nobody cares! Just don’t use foreign words which stand for totally different things.

      2. Perhaps this is an American version of charcuterie.  It still is beautiful and interesting and quite appealing. WHY criticize something that one has created with imagination?

    3. Yes it’s an American version of it and I don’t understand why just don’t call it appetizer boad or meat and crackers ?

      1. I don’t understand why you feel the need to condemn the way we do things in America or what we choose to call it. No one asked for your stamp of approval. Just keep on scrolling, better yet, stay off of any site of anything made in America.

    4. Audrey – thank you for the description/definition. I had no idea. I thought your response was very Informative.

      SPEND WITH PENNIES: Excellent kind professional response!! I have been checking out some of your recipes and cannot wait to try them – Thank You!

  2. Hello Holly. Thank you for the great tips and directions for preparing a beautiful charcuterie board. Do you typically prepare (cut, wash, dry, etc.) more meats, cheeses, breads/crackers than you need and then re-fill throughout the course of your party/gathering? Your presentation is just beautiful.

    1. I do generally keep more in the fridge to refill as needed as I think a full board looks so pretty. In the days after I use any leftover veggies for stir fries and extra cheeses/meats for paninis or sandwiches. :)

      1. In answer to preparing xtra to refill, you could certainly do that or you can make 2 and swap them when picked over. This lets you assemble in the kitchen or elsewhere so you don’t disrupt folks working on your board. This worked for us when I was in the catering business.

  3. Wow you made the PERFECT board! This is perfect timing with all the festive get togethers ahead. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Cheese boards are my go to appetizer for the holidays. I love your post and explanation on how to assemble a well rounded board!5 stars

  5. Thank you Holly for breaking it down, how to build your own charcuterie board. Left to my own devices I would probably just to a big pile-on, so it helps to have some structure and thought behind how to prepare one of these boards properly. Thanks!

  6. You can’t go wrong with a proper charcuterie board, there’s always something for everyone, so it makes it perfect for parties! Plus it’s super easy and quick to put together :)

  7. This looks delicious, we make charcuterie boards for dinner. Little mini ones instead of eating a traditional meal;) We LOVE it!5 stars

  8. This charcuterie board is just gorgeous!! I’m loving all the tips and ideas and can’t wait to make my own… for a holiday party or just for myself :)

  9. What a great post!  I love cheese boards and am always looking for new ideas.  Great photos too!5 stars

  10. I love charcuterie, and make it often for holiday parties, and when entertaining guests. It’s so simple and delicious. I love your tips, and how beautiful your finished platter (cutting board) looks. For my next charcuterie tray, I will incorporate some of your ideas, and I can hardly wait.

  11. This charcuterie board is phenomenal. So gorgeous! I love that you don’t use just meats but also add dried fruit, pickles, and dips as well. It looks stunning. I could imagine just sitting by the fire, drinking wine and eating the whole thing by myself!5 stars

  12. Great tips! A charcuterie board is such a great tool for entertaining year round, but especially during the busy holiday season. Everyone loves it, and it’s so convenient for the hostess to assemble. Win win! I love that cutting board, too.5 stars

  13. I love visiting family members in Europe because dinner would usually be very light and that means a charcuterie board would be common place with 2-3 hams, mushroom sausage, paprika sausage, 2-3 salami types and different cheese variations. Usually you can find a choice of breads too such as black bread and sunflower bread amongst others. Your charcuterie board brings back memories!5 stars