Traditionally, many charcuterie boards are not suitable for vegans because they contain a variety of animal-based products such as meats and cheeses. With the rise in plant-based substitutes, however, sourcing ingredients and creating a fully vegan cured meat and cheese board is now more accessible than ever. Serving a plant-based charcuterie board at your next holiday party will not only make your board more inclusive for your guests but will also present a unique opportunity to discuss your passion for veganism in a welcoming and hospitable manner. With a little planning and a well-stocked kitchen, get ready to dazzle with a curated, homemade vegan charcuterie board that will immediately trigger the nibbles. 

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How to build a vegan charcuterie board

Portions

Before you begin building your board, you’ll want to plan how much of each food item your board will require. Maegan Brown of Beautiful Boards recommends that your board provides three to five different varieties each of vegan meats and cheeses. For small gatherings, estimate two to three ounces of plant-based meats and one ounce of vegan cheese per person. For larger, more extended gatherings, strive for three to five ounces of vegan meat and one-and-a-half ounces of vegan cheese per person. The amount of nuts, crackers, pickles, jams, and other accoutrements varies depending on how much room you’ll have on your board. The key is to fill in any gaps with these extra nibbles. Pro host tip: be sure to have a refill on hand—particularly when it comes to crackers. Keep an eye on the board throughout the night and replenish these edible vessels when they run low. 

Food options

Having a variety of ingredients and flavors on your board is essential. Your plant-based meats and cheeses should include a selection of smoked, crumbly, firm, and soft options. Additionally, check your pantry for complementary foods such as crackers, nuts, dips, spreads (mustards, jams, preserves), and fresh fruits and veggies. You’ll want to ensure that your complementary sides contain a mix of crunchy, salty, sweet, and tangy options. For your guests who are of legal drinking age, plan to provide at least one red and one white wine for food pairing purposes. 

Vegan charcuterie board cheeses

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1 Miyoko’s Cheese Wheels

If you’re a subscriber to VegNews magazine, then you’ll recognize Miyoko’s Creamery vegan cheese wheels from our 2021 holiday food issue. It’s not a party without a gourmet cheese wheel, and Miyoko’s is one of the most accessible brands available. With eight different varieties, you don’t have to put much effort into hunting down a range of cheeses for your board. For a dash of elegance, try the Aged Black Ash Cashew Milk or the Aged Herbes De Provence wheels. If you’re feeling a little less daring but seeking something equally mouthwatering, options like Sundried Tomato Garlic will certainly satisfy your guests’ taste buds. 
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2 Miyoko’s Cheese Spreads

To keep guests coming back for more, it’s always nice to have a soft cheese spread on the board. Miyoko’s cashew-based cream cheese spreads easily complement the artisan wheels mentioned above. Whether you choose the Original Classic Plain or opt for the savory Salmon-inspired vegan spread, guests won’t be able to tell they’re enjoying a vegan product. For something sharper, give the Roadhouse Classic Sharp cheddar a try. It pairs well with pretzel chips and breadstick batons. 
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3 Field Roast Chao Cheese Blocks & Slices

Field Roast’s sister company, Chao, makes some of the best and wallet-friendly vegan cheeses on the market. The Creamy Original Cheese Block is a solid canvas to build strong flavors—it plays well with both sweet and savory accoutrements such as dijon mustard and fig or onion jam slathered on sliced baguette. For a spicy element, check out the Tomato Cayenne, Smoked Original, or Spicy Chao slices. 
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Vegan Meats

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1 Renegade Foods Vegan Salami

Renegade Foods offers an exquisite vegan salami sampler pack that is a must-have for your holiday platter. The relatively new vegan startup company recently launched a vegan subscription service to bring its umami-packed, seitan-based salamis straight to your door. These spicy, smoked vegan meats take common cheese and crackers to a whole new level. 
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2 Field Roast Pepperoni

Pepperoni isn’t just for pizza. Shingle these peppery rounds throughout your board for a spicy kick to complement the smoky, nutty, and sweet flavors on the table. Keep an extra package in the fridge—these slices will go fast. 
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3 Tofurky Plant-Based Deli Slices 

Tofurky makes more than just, well, Tofurkys. The old-school brand’s Plant-Based Deli Slices are available year-round and come in five delicious flavors including Smoked, Oven Roasted, Peppered, Hickory Smoked, and Bologna. The affordable price point means that you can easily mix and match. Roll them, lay them flat, or ripple them to create an elegant display for your guests to enjoy.
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4 Field Roast Celebration Roast

If you’re looking to take your vegan charcuterie board to the next level, consider choosing the Field Roast Celebration Roast as the centerpiece of your board. This meat-free roast should be served hot and fresh. Make serving easy on your guests by thinly slicing half of the roast on the board prior to serving. This is an excellent option when you need to provide heavy appetizers and avoid the hassle of hosting a full sit-down dinner.
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5 Field Roast Mini Sausages

The Field Roast mini apple and maple breakfast sausages are a versatile choice for any plant-based holiday board. Serve these mini weenies as is with a side of spicy mustard or bake them up into tiny vegan crescent dogs. Pop a toothpick in each sausage and you’ll have a hot snack to complement room-temp elements on your holiday board.
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6 Good and Green Plant-Based Deli Slices

We first discovered this Italian company at the 2019 Expo West trade show, and we were so blown away by its savory, super-thin vegan prosciutto and carpaccio, we knew we had to give it a Best New Product Award. These slices level up any plant-based charcuterie board. If you can’t find this particular brand, Mia also makes a range of Italian-style deli slices. 
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Need some additional help? Check out our VegNews 3-Minute Vegan Cheese Board video for a step-by-step guide. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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For more vegan hosting and product tips, read:
How to Host a Perfectly British Vegan Afternoon Tea
8 Fabulous Vegan Cheese Shops Across the US

The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Holiday Roasts

Sara Kelley is a freelance Beauty & Wellness Editor and the Founder of Mind Over Mango where she writes about cruelty-free and vegan products.