Create a simple 4th of July charcuterie board using red, white, and blue foods! It’s best to use a combination of sweet and savory snacks.
Charcuterie boards are all the rage. And with good reason! They offer a wide range of flavors and foods with little preparation needed. Charcuterie boards may include cured meats, hard and soft cheeses, bread or crackers, vegetables, fruit, plus sweet or savory dips. The possibilities are endless!
Large boards are perfect for big gatherings. And small boards make for an excellent intimate snack.
Summer gatherings are the perfect time to serve charcuterie boards. They don’t require cooking in a hot kitchen. And are perfect for casual snacking. Plus, charcuterie boards are simple to theme for specific gatherings, like the Fourth of July.
This 4th of July charcuterie board is made with red, white, and blue foods. It consists of 3 different kinds of cheese, berries, salami, and white chocolate-covered pretzels. It balances sweet and savory. Plus, fruit is always refreshing in the heat of summer.
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How to Make a 4th of July Charcuterie Board
The keys to a themed charcuterie board for July 4th are red, white, and blue-colored snacks. The colors drive the theme home. Include a few star-shaped treats for good measure too.
July 4th Charcuterie Board Supplies
A charcuterie board doesn’t require many supplies, just a cheese or cutting board. The size of the board you need depends on the number of people you need to feed. For example, when I create boards for my family of four, I use a 13″ round board.
The key to a beautiful board is to fill all of the space. A great trick is to use a smaller board. A small board filled with snacks looks more appealing than a large board that looks sparse.
For the 4th of July, I also included a few star-shaped pieces of fruit and cheese. I purchased these adorable fruit and veggie cutters on Amazon recently. They are great for snacks or adding to a little snack board.
No themed food dish is complete without complementary napkins or plates. Grab a few disposable snack plates and paper napkins to compliment your cheeseboard.
4th of July Charcuterie Board Shopping List
Here are the foods I used to great my red, white, and blue charcuterie board:
- Cheddar cheese
- Gruyere cheese
- Mozzarella cheese
- Baguette slices
- White chocolate covered pretzels
The berries and watermelon provide most of the color to the board. I used a star-shaped cutter to create stars out of the watermelon.
The cheeses make up the “white” portions. I used mozzarella to create little white stars. The stark white mozzarella stood out more on the board than the cheddar or Gruyere did.
The salami balances out the flavors of the board. It’s incredibly savory. Plus, it pairs well with cheese and fruit.
The chocolate-covered pretzels are a blend of salty and sweet themselves. The white color also adds a distinctive pop to the board.
Assembling the Charcuterie Board
For this 4th of July charcuterie board, I used a round board. I created an alternating color pattern with the foods around the board. The red, white, and blue pattern moves counter-clockwise around the board.
First, I created a red section using watermelon. To the left of the watermelon is the white chocolate pretzels. Then, a section of blackberries.
Next, the raspberries. And then a large section of cheese. I don’t like my boards to be too perfect, so I didn’t create symmetrical areas for each food.
After the cheese comes the blueberries. Then I broke up the pattern a bit for the bread and salami. The bread helped the blueberries stay in place better than the salami. So practicality dictated that decision.
Once the board was set, I added several watermelon and mozzarella stars across the top of the board. The stars complete the look and really drive home the July 4th theme.
Festive boards are a simple way to serve food in a fun way for celebrations or holidays. This 4th of July charcuterie board is sure to be a crowd-pleaser this summer.
4th of July Charcuterie Board
- 1 cheese board
- star-shaped food cutter
- cheddar cheese
- Gruyere cheese
- mozzarella cheese
- baguette sliced
- white chocolate-covered pretzels
- Work in a counter-clockwise direction, creating a red, white, and blue pattern
- Start with a red section at the top of the board using watermelon
- Then add a section of white chocolate pretzels
- Then blackberries
- Next, add raspberries
- Then a section of cheese
- Then add blueberries
- Use the baguette slices to hold the blueberries in place. So break the pattern and add the bread next.
- Finally, add the salami between the baguette and watermelon.
- Finish off the board with watermelon and mozzarella stars scattered across the top