Grab yourself some fresh summer produce, excellent cheeses, and some bread and crackers for this simple summer cheese board loaded with vibrant colors and flavors.
Thanks to Vermont Creamery for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.
Come summer, it's easy to throw together platter-type meals that require little effort. Like this festive cheeseboard that lets summer flavors shine: fresh summer berries, sweet cherry tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and basil-infused butter.
Serve everything up with some excellent cheese and crunchy crackers for a vibrant summer cheese board you'll want to live on, all summer long.
Ingredients & Substitution Suggestions
Cheese & Butter
If I could only choose one kind of cheese to eat for the rest of my life, it would be goat cheese. That's why I loaded this board with various types from Vermont Creamery, including:
- Goat Cheese Logs (herb and everything) loaded with savory flavors that add flair to this summer cheese board
- Bijou – the cutest little buttons of aged chevre perfect for snacking
- Cremont – a cow and goats milk cheese that tastes like if brie and goat cheese had a baby
But there's no limit to which cheeses you put on your summer cheeseboard. Other great options that pair well with summer flavors are:
- sharp cheddar
Summer Fruits & Vegetables
Choose produce that's delicious eaten raw, with little preparation, and at the peak of its season. I used:
- cherry tomatoes
- zucchini ribbons
But feel free to add anything you love here, including snap peas, radish, apricots, plums, figs, grapes, and other types of melon.
Crackers & Accoutrements
Next you'll need things to spread your cheese on. I used an assortment of GF crackers and GF baguette. If you're DIYing it, try my rustic paleo crackers which are full of seeds and flavor.
A handful of nuts, olives, and honey add more fun snacking options for your guests to munch.
How to Build a Cheese Board
There are no rules to building a pretty cheese board, but here are a few tips for styling ease:
- Start by placing the largest components that are easy to move around, such as cheeses and bowls of ingredients. Place them on your board or platter, spacing them apart and leaving room for the other components.
- Next, add ingredients that will be fanned out to take up space, such as crackers and wedges of fruit.
- Fill in the spaces with smaller components such as nuts and smaller fruits.
- Play with color! Here, I made a rainbow by starting at the top with red components, then progressing to orange/yellow, greens, and neutrals.
Wine is a classic cheese pairing, and white and rosé pair especially well with the flavors here. My friend and wine expert/photographer extraordinaire Emma K. Morris recommends:
- dry Riesling (preferably from Germany)
- Austrian Grüner Veltliner
- Grenache or Zinfandel-based Rosé from California
But it's most important to drink a wine you enjoy the taste of, so don't stress about what to serve!
Non-alcoholic options could be:
- flavored sparkling water
- homemade shrub (my favorites are cherry vanilla and lavender kumquat)
Or make up a pitcher of boozy sangria or punch such as:
Cheese Boards for Everyone
This summer cheese board is full of savory-sweet flavors. Make one up for an effortless snacking meal for two or a few. Serve it before brunch or dinner for family or friends. Or put it out at an outdoor party or potluck.
However you serve up this vibrant summer cheese board, I hope you love it as much I've loved sharing it with you!
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Fruit & Veggies
- 1 large peach, pitted and cut into wedges
- ¼ small watermelon, cut into wedges
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup cherries
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 small cucumber, sliced
- 2 small zucchini, shaved into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
Cheese & Accoutrements
- 2 types fresh soft cheese (such as Vermont Creamery herbed & everything logs)
- 2 types aged cheese (such as Vermont Creamery Bijou and Cremont)
- 8 ounces assorted crackers (such as gluten-free almond crackers & gf flatbread crackers)
- ½ baguette, sliced on the diagonal (such as Arise Bakery gluten-free baguette)
- ½ cup salted roasted nuts (marcona almonds, pistachios, etc.)
- ½ cup olives (such as herb marinated castelvetranos)
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup basil butter or salted butter
- Arrange ingredients on a large serving board or platter. Start with the largest components (small bowls, large cheeses). Fan out fruit and vegetable slices, crackers, and baguette slices for visual appeal and easy grabbing. Fill in the gaps with smaller components: nuts and smaller fruits.
- Add knives and spoons if needed. Serve with small plates and napkins. Pour the drink(s) of your choice, and devour!