Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board

Learn how to make the perfect Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board for your sweetheart, galentine, or family. This beautiful board is filled with all the good stuff like cheeses, meats, dips, fresh fruit, vegetables, and sweet treats. Read on for ways to customize and make this board your own!

Learn how to make the perfect Valentine's Day Charcuterie Board for your loved ones. This customizable board is filled with all the good stuff like cheeses, meats, dips, fresh fruit, vegetables, and sweet treats.

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Charcuterie boards may also be referred to as a snack board or smorgasbord. It’s essentially a platter filled with small bites of different, delicious foods. These boards aren’t just reserved for special occasions or holidays— you can also make this type of snack board on other days.

How do you make a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board?

The great thing about charcuterie boards is it’s totally customizable! You get to pick and choose which cheeses, meats, dips, fresh fruit, vegetables, and sweet treats you use. This is a great option if you want an elegant meal but only have random bits and pieces lying around.

Ready to make your one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Charcuterie board? Go through this list of foods and slowly fill your platter until it’s full.

1. Cheese 

A charcuterie board is only as good as its cheese. Add a variety of both soft and hard cheeses. I always like to go to my local cheese shop and ask for their recommendations. Here are some you might try.

  • Blueberry goat cheese log
  • Cheddar 
  • Swiss 
  • Brie
  • Parmesan
  • Gouda
  • Blue cheese
  • Other specialty cheeses
  • Vegan cheese
Colorful valentine's charcuterie display

2. Meat

Most charcuterie meats are some hue of pink or red–making them perfect for this valentine’s charcuterie. If you’re feeling extra festive, use a heart shaped cookie cutter to shape slices of cheese or meat. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you can leave the meat out or use a plant-based alternative.

  • Salami
  • Soppressata
  • Prosciutto
  • Summer sausage
  • Lunch meats rolled up
  • Vegan meats

3. Dips and Jams

I love adding a bit of dip or jam on a cracker before topping it with cheese or meat. Don’t be afraid to use a variety of both sweet and savory dips.

Raincoast crisp crackers

4. Bread and Crackers

My favorite section! This is a great way to clean out your pantry and arrange all those opened cracker and chip bags. Choose whole grain products for a little extra fiber and nutrition boost if you’d like.

5. Fruits and Vegetables 

Try to use mostly red, pink, and purple fruits and vegetables to add to the valentine’s feel. Here are some to try adding.

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Figs
  • Sliced Apples
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Red Pepper Slices
  • Purple Cauliflower
  • Purple or red Rainbow Carrots
  • Beets or beet chips

6. Chocolate and Extras

It’s not Valentine’s Day with a little extra sweets. Use any random bits of candy, chocolate, or baked goods you have on hand. It’s so important to allow yourself the freedom of flexibility when it comes to food during special occasions and holidays. Aim to fit in nutritious, whole foods but also be sure to enjoy your favorite indulgent bites in moderation. It’s all about creating a healthy balance.

What are your favorite combos for this valentine’s charcuterie? Tag me on Instagram @cheerfulchoices–I would love to see!

Close up of small bites on charcuterie
Valentine's Day Charcuterie Board

Valentine's Day Charcuterie Board

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This customizable board is filled with all the good stuff like cheeses, meats, dips, fresh fruit, vegetables, and sweet treats. Perfect to make for your loved ones!

Ingredients

Cheeses of your choice

  • Blueberry goat cheese log
  • Cheddar
  • Swiss
  • Brie
  • Parmesan
  • Gouda
  • Blue cheese
  • Other specialty cheeses

Meats of your choice

  • Salami
  • Soppressata
  • Prosciutto
  • Summer sausage
  • Lunch meats rolled up

Dips of your choice

  • Hummus
  • Baba Ganoush
  • Salsa
  • Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
  • Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip
  • Jams - use red or purple colored jams
  • Homemade 2 Ingredient Chia Seed Jam
  • Hazelnut Spread

Bread and Crackers of your choice

  • Raincoast Crisps
  • Rice cakes
  • Baguettes
  • Triscuits
  • Chia Seed Crackers
  • Pita Chips
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Nut Thins

Fruits and Vegetables of your choice

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Figs
  • Sliced Apples
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Red Pepper Slices
  • Purple Cauliflower
  • Purple or Red Rainbow Carrots
  • Beets or beet chips

Chocolate and extras of your choice

  • Yogurt covered strawberries
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Dark chocolate bar pieces
  • Biscottis
  • Truffles
  • Candied Nuts
  • Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts
  • Oreos
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies

Instructions

  1. Choose a board to use. This could be a wooden cutting board, baking sheet, or large platter.
  2. Then, go through this list of foods and slowly fill your platter or board until it’s full.
  3. Enjoy with your sweetheart, galentine, or family!

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