If you want to build the vegan cheese board of your dreams then look no further. Below I share my top tips on how to create a beautiful, well-balanced cheeseboard that’s perfect for entertaining friends and family this Christmas.
With flavourful pickles, fruits and creamy nut-based cheeses here’s how to make a vegan cheeseboard that’ll be sure to impress. Of course if you’re not making this at Christmas you can switch up the ingredients for what’s in season where you are but the most important thing is that you keep it vibrant, colourful and most of all abundant.
Here’s what you’ll need:
A Cheeseboard – A fancy slate will look the part but you don’t have to go all out with this. Use a nice plate, wooden board or a piece of marble, something that’ll make it ‘pop’ and lift its appearance.
A Variety of Cheese (2-4 items) – Start with your cheese(s) and then the rest can follow. Choose 2-4 types of cheese depending on how many you are making the cheeseboard for. A mixture of soft and hard cheese goes down well. But be sure to choose cheeses that are made for eating as opposed to cooking or melting. This way you’ll have cheese that tastes it’s best as it is.
Once you’ve got your cheese sorted, you can start to fill the platter out…
Something Sweet (2-3 items) – Adding a little sweetness is the perfect way to balance out the salty cheeses. Things like sliced apple, grapes and dried fruit are often favourites to include. You could always add some vegan honey too (or agave syrup) to enrich the overall spread but this is totally optional.
* Tip – if you’re going to use apple slices soak them in a little lemon juice before hand to stop them going brown whilst on the platter.
Something Savoury (2-3 items) – Things like nuts, olives (choose stuffed if you’re feeling fancy) and pickles are reliable go-to’s once you’ve picked out a something a little more fancy. This can be anything from kimchi (which I’ve used here and goes surprisingly well with cheese) to marinated garlic. Choosing something a lil different makes the spread a touch more special.
Crackers (2-3 items) – These are a MUST on any cheese board. Not only do they add a nice crunch but also they really bring everything together. Opt for 2-3 types of crackers if you have the room – one that’s thick to withstand the firmer cheeses, one that’s wafer thin but still has a little crunch (these let the cheeses do the talking) and if you’re going for a third one pick one that’s flavoured to mix things up.
Condiments (1-2) – Chutneys, jams and preserves are a fun addition to any cheeseboard. Personally I love choosing sweet chutneys like plum & apple or caramelised onion but you can always opt for something savoury if you prefer.
Styling the Spread
- Put the cheeses directly on the board first. This way you’ll know how much room you have for the rest of the accompaniments. Leave the cheeses whole for the best look.
- You can serve the accompaniments directly around the cheeses, either on the board or in small bowls to enhance the presentation.
- If the condiments come in a small jar you can put the on straight on the board, but if the jar is too big (like mine) you can put them in small bowls and top them up when needed
- Make the board look AMAZING by filling the gaps. It’ll look more abundant and fruitful if you do this.
In this vegan cheese board I used…
- Tesco Free From Smoked Cheese Alternative
- <Chorizo Vegan Cheese Alternative (made from cashews)
- Red Grapes
- Dried Apricots
- Pink Lady Apples
- Tickles Pickles Kimchi
- Garlic Stuffed Olives
- English Provender Plum & Apple Chutney
- RW Garcia Sweet Beetroot Crackers
- Nairn’s Oat Cakes
- Schar Gluten-Free Salti Crackers
I hope you love this vegan cheese board as much I do. But remember the best thing about creating your own cheeseboard is that you can either go all out or keep it as simple you like and it’ll still be delicious.
What would you include on yours?