How To Make An Epic Vegan “Cheese” Platter

Cheese platters are one of the best things to have at dinner parties. When you’re vegan you sadly can not eat cheese, but that isn’t stopping us. Here is the vegan take on a large cheese platter. Also, the three humus recipes will be out in the next few days. Try it out!

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Ingredients

  • A pretty wooden board
  • A minimum of 3 cheeses/dips (I used all vegan recipes. Scroll down for recipes!)
  • 3 savory extras
    • Marinated olives
    • Marinated red peppers
    • Nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, etc.)
  • 3 sweet extras
    • Fresh fruit (grapes, blueberries, strawberries, apricots, fresh figs, pear)
    • Dried fruit
    • Jam
  • Crackers
  • Arugula (and lots of it!)
  • High-quality dark chocolate 
  • Optional add-ons
    • Colorful raw veggie sticks: Red peppers, carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes
    • Wine of choice or sparkling water with lemon slices and fresh herbs

Tips

  • Imperfect is perfect when it comes to laying out these boards. Don’t make it too symmetrical, and let it flow organically.
  • The goal is to fill the platter up as much as possible, with no empty spaces showing through. It should be overflowing with a feeling of abundance (think Game of Thrones feast). Get lots of arugula and blueberries—they’ll be your best friends.
  • Save money by shopping in-season fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market and using nuts and dried fruits from your pantry.

Layout

  1. Layer arugula generously before you lay ingredients on top. It will help make the board feel more full, prop up the ingredients, create dimension, and help everything stay in place.
  2. Place the three hero dishes/dips in different parts of the board. These will be your anchors.
  3. Swirl crackers around the hero dishes. Let it flow organically, and don’t put all the crackers out when serving—refill them as you need.
  4. Start layering and adding ingredients. This is where you can get playful and have some fun! Ingredients like marinated olives, red peppers, or veggie sticks can go into smaller bowls, while fruits can go directly on the board.
  5. Keep layering and filling in the empty spaces with more arugula, blueberries, and nuts.
  6. Finish up by adding pieces of really good dark chocolate—my favorite part!

 

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Thank you for checking out this vegan cheese platter! I hope you liked this change of pace. Let me know what you would like to see next! Share this with your friends! The three humus recipes will be out in the next few days!

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