How to Make the Ultimate Summer Cheese Board

Summer Cheese Board (With Step By Step Photos!)

How to Make the Ultimate Summer Cheese Board

This easy summer cheese board is perfect for entertaining! With brie, prosciutto, and peaches for a simple cheese and charcuterie board that’s sure to be a hit.

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Summertiiiiiiiime, and the livin’ is CHEESY.

This easy summer cheese and charcuterie board? This is your potluck secret weapon.

It’s also SO easy to put together – so if assembling a cheese plate feels a bit intimidating, FEAR NOT! Because we’re about to walk you through it one step at a time. YOU’VE GOT THIS!

Here’s what we’re using on this board:

  • Brie, Parmesan, and Burrata Cheeses
  • Fresh Peaches and Tomatoes (thank youuuuu, SUMMER)
  • Prosciutto
  • Arugula and Fresh Basil
  • Toasted Naan
  • Walnuts
  • Honey, Balsamic Glaze, Salt, and Chocolate Covered Almonds

PS – For more on how to plate your cheese board, don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Cheese Plate Guide! It covers all of the steps for the BEST cheese plate appetizer (every time!) in more detail.

Alright. LET’S BUILD IT!

First, grab your cheese board. We’re using a plain ol’ baking sheet here today, but you can also use a wooden board or a cutting board! (You definitely don’t need to run out and buy anything fancy to put together a great cheese plate).

First, Add a few small bowls or jars to your board (we using bowls to break up the cheese board!)

Next, add your cheeses. For best results, pull the cheeses the fridge 30 minutes to an hour before serving so they have a chance to come to room temperature (learn more about bringing cheese to room temperature here!)

Meat is next! We chose a thin prosciutto, but you could also use your favorite salami, soppressata, or smoked salmon.

Next step: bread! We went for toasted naan and cut it into triangles for easy grabbing.

PRO TIP: There’s no need to group each component all together on your cheese plate – if you have a lot of one ingredient, spread it out over different areas! This helps your plate look fuller and makes it easier for guests to grab a bite.

Step 5: Peaches! Spread your sliced peaches out over a few different areas of your board. We to “wrap” the peach slices around other pieces on the board to add some visual interest.

Once the peaches are down, add your walnuts in small pockets across the board. Swap the walnuts for pistachios, cashews, or almonds if you – nuts are a great way to fill any small pockets of space still left on your board when the main pieces are placed!

At this point, fill up the bowls you set out at the beginning. We used flakey sea salt, a premade balsamic glaze, and a few chocolate covered almonds.

If you’ve read our Ultimate Cheese Board Guide, you may notice we went a little order here (and that’s okay!)

Part way through assembly, we decided to serve the cheese plate with a few added cherry tomatoes and a small jar of truffle honey.

PRO TIP: When you’re working with large cheese boards ( this one!) don’t be afraid to grab some extra elements to fill in any remaining spaces.

Finally, let’s tuck some greenery into any remaining open spaces. Start with a few handfuls of fresh arugula (it pairs SO well with a sweet peach slice, a bit of prosciutto, and a drizzle of balsamic) and then finish your cheese platter with a few sprigs of fresh basil.

Annnnnnd BOOM! Summertime cheese plate world domination is YOURS.

Customize your platter with these Summer Cheese Board Ideas:

We kept this fruit and cheese plate fairly simple, but here are some of our other favorite accompaniments for your summer cheese tray:

Looking for extra tips on cheese plate presentation? More ideas for your next meat and cheese plate? Don’t forget to check out our Cheese Plate 101!


This easy summer cheese board is perfect for entertaining!


Use this list as a general guide – we used these ingredients to build this exact cheese plate, but don’t be afraid to mix it up! Read through this post or visit our Cheese Plate 101 for inspiration.


  • 8 ounces Burrata (2 pieces, usually one container – we love this one!)
  • 8 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, cut into cubes
  • 8 ounce Brie wedge



  • 3–5 pieces naan, toasted and cut into triangles


  • 2 large peaches, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes



  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  1. Remove cheese from the fridge and let it come to room temperature on the counter for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Follow the step-by step photos in this post to assemble all ingredients on a large cutting board or platter. Start with bowls and cheese, then lay down prosciutto and other accompaniments, and tuck your greenery into any leftover space to help your cheese board look full and delicious. Enjoy!


 Use this “recipe” as a rough guideline – feel free to make swaps to suit your tastes or use what you have on hand! We love using honeycomb, crostini, fresh figs, fig jam, or heirloom tomatoes.

Use sharp white cheddar, manchego, fresh mozzarella, blue cheese, or goat cheese in place of any cheeses here. For more cheese plate inspiration, be sure to read our full Cheese Plate 101 Tutorial!

Equipment. We used a large baking sheet for this cheese plate.

You can also use a wooden cheese board or a regular cutting board! Serve cheese with butter knives or a few fun cheese knives and use small spoons for honey and balsamic glaze.

You definitely don’t need to go buy a bunch of stuff to build a beautiful cheese board – shop your own kitchen and use what you have on hand!

Keywords: appetizer, holiday, charcuterie

Hungry for more? Check out our complete tutorial (with video!) on building the ultimate cheese board:


How to Make the BEST Cheese Board (Charcuterie Board) | 6 Variations

How to Make the Ultimate Summer Cheese Board

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Summer entertaining season is in full swing and there’s nothing better than serving up the perfect charcuterie and cheese board for your guests to enjoy.

Veggie platters and cheese boards are the best because they require no cooking and no baking so you don’t have to turn on your hot oven on those crazy humid days.

Having a variety is key when you’re feeding a crowd — that way there is something for everyone.

So are you ready to learn how to make that epic charcuterie board for your next party?

Awesome! Cheese boards are crazy easy and take just a few minutes to put together. Here, you’ll find 6 different Cheese Boards that you can assemble (with low carb and keto cheese boards) that are a sure way to impress your house-guests.

And if you’re looking for more ideas, we’ve already got a few popular snack boards on our site that you can check out here:

Low Carb Cheese Platters – 2 Ways

How to Build a Brunch Board

Holiday Cheese Board

How to Build the Perfect Fall Cheese Board


There are lots of items you can use as your cheese board:

  • Large wooden cutting board
  • Baking or Cookie Sheets
  • Slate Board
  • Serving platter


Cheese is and should be the star of any amazing cheese board so be sure to pick up some good quality cheeses.

Pick a variety of about 3-5 cheeses depending on how large your board is.

  • Soft
  • crumbly
  • semi-soft
  • semi-hard cheese
  • hard cheese

It’s a good idea to arrange the cheeses first on your cheese board and then start assembling the rest of the ingredients around then.

For these cheeseboards, we used:

  • Aged Cheddar
  • Brie – rich and creamy
  • Blue Cheese
  • Smoked Gouda – cut into cubes
  • Goat Cheese

Be sure to set the cheese out to come to room temp prior to serving.


Use a variety of your favorite cured or deli meats with different textures.

Seafood (such as smoked salmon) makes a great option to add to give your guests more choices.

For the ultimate cheeseboard, here are some great options you can easily find:

  • Proscuitto
  • Salami / Sausage
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Beef Jerky
  • Pepperoni Sticks
  • Grilled Shrimp


I love using 2-3 different types of crackers. Some conventional square crackers to crunchy or long bread-sticks are some great breads to start off with.

Just lay them on the cheese board around the meet and wherever there are opening.

FOR LOW CARB / KETO -FRIENDLY – Leave out the crackers and use crispy cheese bites (Whisps) and pork rinds instead.


Adding fresh fruit and veggies not only adds a bright pop of color but they also add flavor and texture.

Use a variety of dried and fresh fruit you or have on hand.

For these cheese boards:

  • Dried Apricots
  • Fresh Berries (Strawberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry)
  • Broccoli – low carb
  • Cauliflower – low carb
  • Cucumbers – low carb
  • Cherries
  • Freeze-Dried Raspberries – low carb
  • Grapes
  • Olives – low carb
  • Radishes – low carb
  • Red Bell Peppers – low carb
  • Pineapple
  • Plaintain Chips
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini – low carb


Use your favorite nuts, sauces and spreads.

  • almonds – low carb
  • pecans – low carb
  • macadamia nuts – low carb
  • Pili nuts – low carb
  • honey
  • jam


Fill up any opening spots with the remainder of ingredients of your choice. To add some fun pops of color, add fresh herbs or fresh flowers.

And there you have it!

You don’t HAVE to include all of the items we used in our cheeseboards.

Pick a few of your favorites or things you have in your pantry.

You can even create separate boards for various categories.

We have a low carb/ keto friendly version here as well:

Another keto-friendly version.

Just add some forks and knives and you’re good to go for.Charcuterie and Cheese Boards are sure to make a statement for the next holiday gathering – Mother’s Day, Father’s Day brunch, Memorial Day, Canada Day, Fourth of July or a Labor day barbecue. Keyword: appetizers, best cheese board recipes, charcuterie board, cheese board, easy party snacks, easy potluck recipes, homemade appetizer recipes, homemade snack recipes, how to make a charcuterie board, how to make a cheese board, party appetizer recipe

  • Brie
  • Blue Cheese
  • Cheddar
  • Goat Cheese
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Genoa Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Grilled Shrimp
  • Beef Jerky
  • Pepperoni Sticks
  • 2-3 varieties of crackers, breadsticks, mini toast bites
  • FOR LOW CARB: Use Cheese Crisps (Whisps) and pork rinds
  • Fresh vegetables broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, zucchini & red bell peppers
  • Dried fruits apricots, cranberries, plaintain chips
  • Fresh berries or other fruits strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, blueberries, pineapple & watermelon
  • 2-3 types of nuts almonds, pecans, walnuts, pili nuts, macadamia nuts etc.
  • Olives
  • Honey
  • Jams
  1. Place the cheeses on a large cookie sheet, platter, slate board or wooden cutting board.

  2. Arrange the meats around the cheeses.

  3. Add crackers or crispy snacks.

  4. Fill in gaps with vegetables, fruits and nuts. Use small bowls or cups for extra dimension. Top with fresh herbs and flowers for a pop of color. Enjoy.

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How to Make the Ultimate Summer Cheese Board

Today I’m sharing the quickest, easiest, and cutest holiday appetizer around- candy cane caprese! This is just a traditional caprese except you make it in the shape of a candy cane for a festive holiday touch! I also added prosciutto to make it a little heartier (and even more delicious). It seriously doesn’t get much easier than this as far as holiday appetizers go and I promise all your guests will love eating this as well!

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Come join me to learn how to assemble the perfect cheeseboard at the Amsden! I will share my tips and tricks while demonstrating how I put together my cheeseboards step by step.

  Each attendee will receive a take home guide to assembling their charcuterie at home, as well as a goodie bag with some of my styling must-haves! This class will focus on autumn entertaining, ingredients, and fall recipes! Throughout the class, we can all taste and enjoy the cheeseboard together with complimentary coffee drinks and/or wine from the Amsden Coffee Club!  View details below + scroll down to reserve your spot!

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Sometimes I feel I should maybe just create a whole blog dedicated to my love of cheese and charcuterie boards!  I have shared so many different charcuterie boards, ideas, and recipes over the years on here and it truly is my favorite meal both to serve and eat!  Not only is it easy to prepare but I love how you can really wow guests with the overall presentation, PLUS it feeds a large crowd easily.  This past weekend, I wanted to put a twist on my usual charcuterie board for a Saturday morning event, and the bagel brunch board was born!  Seriously who doesn't love bagels with alllll the fixings?!  I included everything you need for both savory and sweet bagels and once I got going picking out ingredients, it was hard to stop!  There are so many possibilities for this and I love that you can personalize it to your preferences or whatever your crowd may .  I got all my ingredients for this from Trader Joe's which is my favorite spot for picking up unique and delicious cheese board ingredients.  I've listed all the items I used below as well as tips for assembling your own beautiful brunch board a pro!

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    I feel cheeseboards are one thing in life that I am pretty close to mastering.  I would credit the fact that my husband and I have ordered just about every cheeseboard available at every restaurant we've been to.  Basically if a cheeseboard is on the menu, we're 100% getting it.

 I've always loved appetizers more than actual meals so this is an ideal spread for me- lots of little bites and different flavors!  It is also the EASIEST meal to prepare for entertaining yet it still looks super impressive and beautiful.

 Can you tell that I may be a little too obsessed with cheeseboards?  How could you not though after looking at this bright + colorful spread? 

      I've put together the ultimate summery cheeseboard for you just in time for your Memorial Day Weekend festivities!  Kick off the season in style by serving up this amazing and ridiculously delicious spread for your friends and family.  You can find all the ingredients, recipes, + instructions for assembling below.



Cut up about 10-12 strawberries and place in a mason jar or small bowl.  Cover with 1 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (you can use a little more or less but just be sure the strawberries are covered!).

 Add some fresh thyme and basil (a tablespoon or so of each), one vanilla bean, and a couple tablespoons of honey.  Stir to combine and then cover and refrigerate until serving.

These will last 3-4 days in the fridge!  I served mine on top of baked brie (get instructions for that here), but it is also wonderful on top of goat cheese.

Half a pint of cherry or grape tomatoes and add to a mason jar or refrigerator dish.  Top with 1 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (add a little more olive oil if needed to ensure the tomatoes are covered in oil).

  Add 2 tablespoons of minced garlic and a small handful of fresh basil.  Finish with a generous sprinkle of salt, pepper, and thyme (at least 1/2 tablespoon of each).  Gently stir to combine, cover, and refrigerate until serving.

 Add about 10 ounces of fresh mozzarella balls to the mixture right before you serve.  These will last around 1 week in the fridge!

1.  Slice your cheeses and meats into bite sized pieces (we used crumbled blue cheese so that did not need to be sliced at all; and some meats pepperoni and prosciutto may come pre-sliced).

2.  Most of your fruit can be served whole (cherries, raspberries, and blackberries), but your peaches and pears will need to be sliced into bite sized pieces.

3.  Grab a handful of each item and start placing them on your board.  Try to mix the items so that there is a good balance of color and types of food (for example-don't put all the cheeses together in one spot, but disperse them throughout the board in between different fruits and meats).

4.  Place both the jars of marinated tomatoes and the pickled strawberries on the board with a serving spoon inside.  You can scoop a bit of the pickled strawberries onto your brie.

5.  For items the pimento cheese spread and mustard, you can just take a large scoop of each and add it directly to the board (put a small serving knife or spoon beside them too!).

6.  Finally add a few big handfuls of bagel chips and toasted French bread slices throughout the board.  To make the most delicious toasted French bread: Add 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup vegetable oil to a cast iron skillet on medium to high heat.  Add your french bread slices, lightly toasting on each side until golden brown.  Place on a paper towel to cool.

7. Share + enjoy!

My husband and I to think of ourselves as charcuterie experts.  If there's ever a charctuerie on a menu, chances are we are ordering it.  We also love making them at home, and it's pretty much our go-to meal for entertaining.  There's such little prep work, it's an easy meal to share, and it makes for a beautiful spread. 

 Putting together a charcuterie platter can be overwhelming because there are so many choices and possibilities.

 We have realized that we need to have a very clear plan before going to the grocery or we end up spending a ridiculous amount of money, and often have way too much leftover.

 After making a few charcuterie boards for parties and dinners, we decided that it's better to limit your ingredients but have plenty of each item.  I've narrowed down the choices for our “must-have” charcuterie list that you can put together in under 10 minutes!  

Here's what you need (you can adjust the amounts depending on how big of a crowd you are prepping for- the amounts listed will feed 6-8 people):

4 ounces Lomo (cured beef tenderloin)

8 ounces Spanish Chorizo (you can choose from mild or hot flavor)

6 ounces Manchego cheese (a deep and nutty flavored cheese with a light acidity)

6 ounces Welsh Cheddar cheese (extra sharp and robust cheese)

4-6 ounces goat cheese (creamy and mild cheese)

1 small jar pepper jelly (use a couple scoops to top the goat cheese)

1 loaf french bread

olive oil

salt, pepper, garlic powder

Begin by slicing up all your cheeses and meats into bit size pieces (the lomo is usually already sliced).  The goat cheese usually comes in a small log shape so you just have to unwrap it and top with a couple scoops of pepper jelly.  Don't forget you will need a small knife or spreader for your goat cheese.

I to make my own mini toasts, but if you would to make this appetizer even easier, you can just purchase crackers or use plain sliced french bread.  To make your toasts, slice your French bread into thin pieces.   

Toss the slices in a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  

Heat a couple more tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet.  When the oil is hot, add the bread slices and lightly toast them on each side flipping with tongs (similar to how you make a grilled cheese).  Remove them from the skillet and place on a paper towel to soak up the extra oil.  Add all your ingredients to a cutting board or cheese plate to serve!

These are all ingredients that just about everyone will enjoy and the best part is that they all taste good together, so you can try so many different combinations!  Need something to serve your charcuterie on?  Check out our new black marble cheese boards (as seen in these photos).  They make your charcuterie spread look even more beautiful and they also look super chic hanging in your kitchen when you aren't using them.  This is sure to be a hit at your next party and probably the easiest appetizer you will ever make!  Enjoy!




Summer Cheese Board with Two Homemade Mustard Dipping Sauces

How to Make the Ultimate Summer Cheese Board

When entertaining guests in the summer, there’s nothing better (or easier) than grabbing your biggest cutting board and filling it with cheese, meats, bread, crackers, summer fruits, and more! Today, I’m going to show you how I set up my Ultimate Summer Cheese Board and share the recipes for two homemade mustard-based sauces I created for dipping.

This post is sponsored by French’s Classic Yellow Mustard. As always, all opinions are my own.

Although it’s felt summer for a while now, it was only last week when the season officially began. The June start date always feels a little late to me, but maybe that just means the season will last a little longer. A guy can hope!

This summer I’ve teamed up with French’s to tell you about unique ways I serve up their Classic Yellow Mustard. Of course, it’s great on hamburgers and hot dogs, but you can use it for so much more. Last week, I made these incredible Pulled Pork Sliders with Sweet Mustard Marinade.

This week’s recipe is my Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with two delectable mustard dipping sauces.

Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces:

Before we get to the mustard recipes, let’s talk about the cheese board. Although I’m certain you’ve seen many “rules” for doing cheese boards, my process is a bit simpler: Fill it with things you love.

Yep. That’s it.

How to Style the Ultimate Summer Cheese Board:

I have a few tips and suggestions I’ll share here, but at the end of the day, it’s all about building up a big board of flavorful things you and your guests want to eat. Do it your way to create something unique that no one can resist.

For something truly wow-worthy, I recommend starting with an oversized wood cutting board. Next, add a couple different levels to create visual interest and height. This will make your cheese board feel grand. (I accomplished this with a marble cheese board and a cake stand.)

Now you’re ready to fill up your board. To make things easier, start with your larger feature items the cheese and meat and build from there.

Also, instead of spreading things out evenly across the whole board, I recommend placing items together. This simply means putting all of one type of cheese in one area, one type of meat in another area, and so on. You can be orderly or just pile things on more naturally.

When selecting cheese, I to include both fancy kinds of cheese and well-known ones. Unless everyone at your party is a cheese connoisseur, it’s nice to mix things up to suit everyone’s taste.

With the main things in place, I filled in with different breads, pita, crackers, and pretzels. I also tucked in a few piles of nuts and small dishes of olives and Peppadew peppers. Mmm!

Since it’s summer, I added seasonal color and flavor with fresh strawberries, raspberries, and grapes. It’s looking beautiful already, right? Give me a bottle of wine, and I could make a meal this for a week.

To finish off this cheese board, I decided to make two dipping sauces using French’s Classic Yellow Mustard as a base.

Mustard Dipping Sauces for Summer Cheese Board:

The first is Maple Mustard, and boy is it easy. Just whisk together equal parts French’s Classic Yellow Mustard and pure maple syrup. (And by pure maple syrup, I do mean the good stuff. It makes a big difference.)

That’s it. The smooth, tangy mustard blends beautifully with the sweet syrup. And it pairs so nicely with the cheese.

Secondly, I decided to make a mustard dip with a nod to the season: Summer Berry Mustard. This one is simple as well. All you do is whisk together French’s Classic Yellow, strawberry jam, raspberry jam, honey, and mustard seeds.

Again, the tanginess of the mustard nicely complements the sweetness of the jam. I also love the mustard seeds in this recipe. They add visual interest and a subtle crunch.

With those two additions, my Ultimate Summer Cheese Board was ready. To see how all of it came together, check out the short video below.

VIDEO: Ultimate Summer Cheese Board

I hope you’re planning to assemble your own big summer cheese platter. Remember to just have fun with it and use what you love. I’m confident you and your guests will enjoy it!

Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauce:

Did you make this recipe? Leave a review! Two easy and delicious recipes for mustard dipping sauces including Maple Mustard and Summer Berry Mustard. Maple Mustard

  • 1 cup French's Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup

Summer Berry Mustard

  • 1 cup French's Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • Add the ingredients to a bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.