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)
- Arugula and Fresh Basil
- Toasted Naan
- 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 like using bowls to break up the cheese board!)
Next, add your cheeses. For best results, pull the cheeses out of 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 like 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 like - nuts are a great way to fill any small pockets of space still left on your board when the main pieces are placed!
If you've read our Ultimate Cheese Board Guide, you may notice we went a little out of 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 (like 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:
- Easy Crusty French Bread or Crostini
- Fresh figs (or fig jam!)
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Manchego, Fresh Mozzarella, Blue Cheese, or Goat Cheese
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!Print
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
- 4 ounces prosciutto
- 3-5 pieces naan, toasted and cut into triangles
- 2 large peaches, sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- ¾ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup flakey sea salt
- ¼ cup balsamic glaze
- ¼ cup chocolate covered almonds
- 1 small jar truffle honey
- 2 cups fresh arugula
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- Remove cheese from the fridge and let it come to room temperature on the counter for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- 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!
Substitutions. 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