Create your own Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board with these tips and ideas!
Cheese boards are right up there with Christmas and chocolate for me. I LOVE them. We often create these “grazing boards” for family dinners, but of course, they’re absolutely perfect for parties and occasions. Even my daughter helps add her favorite foods to the boards for snacks. Speaking of occasions, I created a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board to share! I’m absolutely tickled pink with how it turned out, and I’ve decided it will be a Valentine’s Day tradition.
There are a few main staples of this charcuterie board including walnuts, pink treats, and heart-shaped foods. Why walnuts? Walnuts are a delicious, heart-healthy1 nut that are an excellent source of omega-3s (2.5g ALA/oz). So you can feel good about making them a staple to your cheese board. I have raw walnuts, walnut fudge, and candied walnuts! You can find links below for the recipes.
I’ve made a handy list below of all the items on my Valentine’s Day Charcuterie board, but you have permission to tailor it to your favorite flavors. I tried to add a mix of sweet and salty, but if you love chocolate, add in more! Love cheese? Choose your personal favorite cheeses. You get the idea!
Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
- Walnuts (raw, candied walnuts, and walnut fudge)
- Cheese (manchega, brie, and cranberry wensleydale, white cheddar, pepper jack)
- Heart-Shaped Toasts
- Meats (salami and prosciutto)
- Raspberry Macarons
- Begin by finding the perfect board like a marble slab, wooden board, or even a large plate or platter will work just fine. I place any little bowls first such as dips or honeys. I also placed the candied walnuts in a small bowl to differentiate them from the raw walnuts.
- Next, I like to add in all the cheeses. There’s no rhyme or reason, I just space them out evenly. Arrange the breadsticks, crostini, and heart toasts throughout. Next, I added in all the raw walnuts. Finally, I like to add fruits, chocolates, and treats like macarons.
- For Valentine’s Day, I added a few mini pink carnations but spray roses (small, tiny rosebuds) would also be a cute addition! Get creative and think of ways to give your charcuterie board that Valentine’s Day touch. I love the addition of raspberries and strawberries for that pop of red.
- For the heart-shaped toasts, I used a miniature cookie cutter. I also used the same cutter on sliced cheeses. You could create heart-shaped crostinis as well. The little hearts add the perfect Valentine’s Day touch!
What I really love about charcuterie boards is that you can offer guests or family a chance to create their own appetizer plate. I also like to be sure I have a variety of choices from healthier items to the sweet treats too. Now that my husband and I have a child, it can be hard to find a sitter and go out to eat for Valentine’s Day which is why I love this charcuterie board idea. We can make this a meal and enjoy a movie in. I hope you’re inspired to do the same this Valentine’s Day!
I loved making walnuts a focus on this charcuterie board, and if you’re looking for more ways to use walnuts, check out these other posts below!
- Apple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls (my brunch go-to)
- Coconut Walnut Granola (on-the-go snack fave)
- Arugula, Walnut & Fig Balsamic Salad (my fave salad)
This post is sponsored by California Walnuts.
1 Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One ounce of walnuts provides 18g of total fat, 2.5g of monounsaturated fat, 13g of polyunsaturated fat, including 2.5g of alpha-linolenic acid, the plant-based omega-3.