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How to build a charcuterie board

A charcuterie board is one of life’s great pleasures. An assortment of deliciousness that can include meat, cheese, olives, pickles, nuts, breads – basically if it tastes good, there’s room for it on a charcuterie board, but more of that later. To celebrate this easy-to-make easy-to-eat delight, we’ve put together a few of our top tips to build the perfect charcuterie board. Also, if you’re not 100% sure how to pronounce it (like us), it’s shaa·koo·tuh·ree.

Don’t forget to browse our deli aisle on our website for inspiration!


  1. Be a theme player 

First things first, choosing a theme is a great way to get your board off to the right start. It could be a particular country, a colour, or something more creative. 

  1. Meat ‘n’ greet 

Your choice of meat can determine a lot of your other ingredients. Will you go French, Spanish, Italian or a combination of all three?

  1. Keep it seasonal 

Using fruit and veg of the season is always a good idea, and will set the right tone for the rest of your board. 

  1. Let’s talk about texture 

Your board will need a mix of crunchy bread, soft meat, hard cheeses and juicy fruits. 

  1. With cheese please

Cheese is crucial to a charcuterie board and a mix of soft and hard is always a good idea. 

  1. Wham bam thank you jam

A sweet jam and pickle can tie everything together perfectly. 

Discover tasty tapas, mezze, and antipasti recipes, perfect for your charcuterie board, here.

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