Creating a charcuterie board without meat will require creative ideas, so it isn’t all about meat. I wanted to share some of my non-meat unique ideas with you.
Thinking of differing ideas can take a bit of creativity, so we have come to help.
I’ve created some unique ideas below without meat!
Of course, limiting yourself to these meatless options is not required- you are always welcome to get creative with your Charcuterie board, even if this means ditching the traditional base component.
After all, serving your guest’s delicious food means preparing something with passion and character. So, which of these 20 items will demonstrate your passions the best?
What Are Some Meatless Charcuterie Board Ideas?
Although charcuterie traditionally refers to cooked or cured meats plated elegantly and served with various pairing options; you can still use a Charcuterie board with meatless items.
Whether you are looking for supplements for the Charcuterie meat items that you plan to include, or if you are planning to omit meat entirely, here are unique ideas for a Charcuterie board without meat:
- Beyond Just Cheese
- Dried Fruit – Home Made
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Quality Balsamic Vinegar for Bread
- Pickled Vegetables or Fruit – Bought or Homemade
- Nuts or make into Dusting Dish
- Fruit with Character
- Vegetables – with Class
- Crackers/Bread/Flat Bread/Tacos
- Holiday Theme Charcuterie Board
Beyond Just Cheese
Cheese has become a staple on Charcuterie boards, and though guests generally prefer some, you can always branch out on a limb and include your favorites (or types that you have been dying to try).
Choose a savory option that pairs well with your other components, or you can always make an entire board of cheese with a glass of wine on the side.
- Offset the Cheese richness with sweetness
- Compile layers of crackers, cheese, chutney, and a microgreen on top for a pre-made version of a charcuterie accompaniment.
- Cold Smoke, some cheese. It’s nearly the easiest to cold smoke; it can turn basic cheese into a complex charcuterie board treat!
(so cold smoke cheese, here is a full article I wrote on cold smoking ALL SORTS OF FOODS for you’re unique charcuterie board without meat).
Just because this site is about curing meat doesn’t mean I can’t share my expertise on the matter, we eat vegetarians quite often.
Dried Fruit – Home Made
You can add dried components to the mix to spice up your Charcuterie board.
Select from a variety of dried fruit, like a sun-dried pear that blends well with a beautifully delicate brie. Or, select other dried ingredients that mesh well with the cheese and other options you plan to include.
Rich and sweet – that is a match for sure.
- You can dehydrate fruit in your regular oven as well for something special, here is a link to wikihow – to do it
Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Quality Balsamic Vinegar for Breads
There are plenty of preserved foods besides meat that you can add to a Charcuterie board. Think of preserved fruits or vegetables or other options that you might have in your storage cabinet. If you have no idea what to do with the jar of delicacies you spent time canning last season, consider if this is the perfect time to break out the treat.
Pickled Vegetables or Fruit – Bought or Homemade
Pickled foods can include pickled cucumbers, zucchini, onions, okra, or more. The salty flavor that will likely come from your pickled foods can pair well with a piece of rich cheese or sweeter fruit.
- With a splash of vinegar and some sugar – dissolve and add cucumber or another firm green vegetable. You can create a quick pickle in just 30-60 mins
Nuts or make into Dusting Dish
Nuts are an excellent option for any charcuterie board; you can again cold smoke any type of nut to take it to another level and make something unique on your charcuterie board.
Nuts provide a healthy source of fat and protein and can pair well with just about anything.
- Cold Smoke, your nuts! It can be done in about 60-120 minutes; you can also roast and smoke the nuts simultaneously (Hot Smoking or Tea Wok Smoking are also possibilities)
- Dukkah – smash or blend until coarse – mainly nuts, cumin, peppercorns, salt, and other Middle Eastern spices for a next-level flavor – use an oil or may dip, then coast with dukkah. Excellent for vegetables and cheese
Fruit with Character
Cut fruit is something that almost anyone will enjoy. It is a natural source of sugary sweetness and often a light, refreshing option that pairs well with other choices. Slice up a fresh Honeycrisp apple, toss in some chunked pineapple, or select another favorite to please your guests.
- Dry pan-fried figs
- Fruit with a story, grown with passion, will always taste amazing
- Homegrown fruit is special
Vegetables – with Class
Easy aspects like carrots and cucumber. What about some next-level options?
- Do a quick pickling of medium-flavored jalapenos or chili!
- Put the vege on little wooden skewers, accompanied with olive oil and dukkah for coating.
- Forage for wild mushrooms (carefully) and quickly sautee them for the charcuterie board
Crackers or bread have become essential to almost any Charcuterie board. They make the perfect crunchy option and can be used with cheese, dips, fruits, or anything else. You can even make bruschetta and use the crackers as a serving option.
- Sourdough waste crackers are incredible, bought or homemade
- Middle Eastern Style Flatbread with spices dusted over them, sumac for instance.
Everyone loves a well-prepared spread/dip on a Charcuterie board, and the possibilities are endless in the direction that you can go here. You can make a few options to help enhance the flavor options on your board- one savory, one sweet, and one in between.
- Sundried Tomato Pesto
- Spicey Garlicky Tzazaki
- Chilli Mayo
Holiday Theme Charcuterie Board
Another themed Charcuterie board option is to make a holiday board.
Think of all the foods you ate on your favorite holiday and place them on one board. Your family will surely love enjoying the seasonal food during a non-traditional time.
i.e. Halloween, Easter, Chinese New Year