Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board

Ditch the predictable chocolate boxes this Valentine’s Day and instead create a delicious and decadent Valentine’s Day charcuterie board. We have been making these the last few years and they are so fun! This board is perfect for a romantic and festive evening with your partner or for a Galentine’s Day night in! This board is the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Think simple, stunning, easy yet impressive and entirely customizable to your needs, dietary preferences and/or allergies! It is super easy to make gluten free, dairy free or nut free! This Valentine’s Day charcuterie board is cute, romantic and the best way to celebrate! Plus, it’s such a fun way to be creative!

Why You’ll Love This Board

It’s so fun to make!

This board is very easily customizable.

It’s easy to make gluten free, dairy free or nut free!

This board is super kid-friendly.

It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day.

It is the best mix of sweet and savory.

This board is sure to impress!

Charcuterie Board

What is a charcuterie board? A charcuterie board is a delightful arrangement of cured meats, cheeses, fruits, breads, and other accompaniments, typically served on a wooden board or platter. It’s more than just a plate of cold cuts; it’s a curated selection of savory and sweet bites meant to be enjoyed communally. In this case, we put a fun Valentine’s Day twist on it.

Equipment Needed

All you need to make this Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board is a board! I used a cute heart-shaped board.

Ingredients Needed

Fruit: I used raspberries and chocolate covered strawberries on this board! You can make your own or use store bought chocolate covered strawberries.

Chocolate: I love putting different types of chocolate on this board. Some of my favorite brands are Honey Mama’s and Hu Kitchen. I also like to make my own homemade chocolate with nuts!

Salami: I like to use high quality salami whenever possible. I made mine into salami roses.

Cheese: I cut my cheese into a heart shape to make it extra cute! I just used a heart-shaped cookie cutter for this. I used dairy free cheese because I am dairy free, but feel free to use any kind of cheese you desire.

Cookies: I love adding mini cookies to my charcuterie boards.

Crackers: I also added crackers to this Valentine’s Day Charcuterie board to go well with the salami and cheese.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Gather your ingredients.

Step 2: Assemble your charcuterie board!

Assembly Tips

Layer and Balance: Start with the cheese heart. Add the salami roses, arrange the chocolate, strawberries, crackers and cookies. Fill in the gaps with the raspberries.

Presentation: Presentation is key! Use a beautiful or heart-shaped board.

Variations

This Valentine’s Day charcuterie board is so easily customizable!

Meat: Try out thinly sliced salami (pepperoni, chorizo, Genoa), prosciutto, mortadella, pancetta, soppressata or bresaola.

Cheese: Choose a mix of textures and flavors, from creamy brie and burrata to tangy goat cheese, sharp cheddar, nutty gruyere and aged parmesan. Cut it into fun shapes for added visual appeal. If you are dairy free or vegan, feel free to use dairy free/vegan cheese.

Chocolate: Try different types of chocolate with lots of different textures!

Fruit: Add pops of color and sweetness with grapes, berries, apple slices, figs or peaches.

Flavor Enhancers: Try adding honey, jams, mustards, chutneys or dips. Experiment with flavors that complement your meats and cheeses.

Storage

If you do not finish your charcuterie board, feel free to store ingredients separately in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Recipe FAQ

How far in advance should you put together this charcuterie board?

The beauty of a charcuterie board lies in its flexibility! You can assemble it hours ahead of time or whip it up last minute, depending on your schedule and preferences. The ideal timeframe is 2-4 hours before to ensure that everything is fresh. If you are really pressed for time, feel free to assemble this Valentine’s Day charcuterie board the day before.

What typically goes on a charcuterie board?

Charcuterie boards typically contain an array of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, crackers, chocolate and more. There are honestly no rules for what to put on a charcuterie board!

Related Recipes

Be sure to try these other Valentine’s Day idea:

Heart Thumbprint Cookies

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Dairy Free Filet Mignon

Gluten Free Mug Brownie

Mini S’mores Cookie Skillet

If you make this Valentine’s Day charcuterie board and love it, I would really appreciate a 5 star review! I also love seeing your creations so please tag me on Instagram or TikTok.

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Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board

Ditch the predictable chocolate boxes this Valentine's Day and instead create a delicious and decadent Valentine's Day charcuterie board.
Prep Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Appetizers, Dessert, Desserts
Keyword: charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, crackers, valentines day
Servings: 2

Equipment

  • 1 serving board

Ingredients

  • 1 package salami
  • 5 chocolate strawberries
  • 2 chocolate bars
  • 1 box cookies
  • 1 container raspberries
  • 1 cheese block
  • 1 box crackers

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Assemble your charcuterie board and enjoy!
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