Entertaining is a breeze when you make a pretty spring snack board! Here's everything you need to know about how to make the ultimate cheese board filled with fresh veggies for spring.
Building a big, beautiful cheese board is always my go-to for entertaining. I especially love this spring version, inspired by all the fresh spring veggies!
Why Make a Snack Board?
Snack boards (or cheese boards, or charcuterie boards) are the perfect answer for entertaining, from showers and birthday parties to brunches and dinner parties. They're low maintenance, easy to prep ahead of time, and everyone gets to serve themselves. Each guest is such to find something they like with the all the variety. And they're just so pretty. If you have a fairly well-stocked stocked pantry and fridge, you can usually throw them together last-minute, too!
What To Put On A Spring Cheese Board
The great thing about cheese boards is you can customize them to fit your taste and what you have on hand! When I'm putting together a board for spring, I try to think of the colors of a spring color palette when picking my ingredients. Here's what I recommend for a spring cheese board:
Cheese (Pick 2-3)
- A soft cheese, such as goat cheese, brie, or Boursin
- A semi-soft cheese, such as blue cheese, fontina, or havarti
- A hard cheese, such as manchego, asiago, aged white cheddar, or BellaVitano
Protein (Pick 1-2, optional)
- Smoked salmon
- Sliced boiled eggs or deviled eggs
Dips (pick 1-2)
- Hummus (try my roasted garlic hummus or avocado hummus)
- Herby dip, such as my avocado green goddess dip or basil cream cheese dip
- Creamy dip, such as homemade ranch or my whipped feta artichoke dip
Veggies (Pick any that you like)
- Snap peas
- Blanched asparagus or green beans
- Crackers or breadsticks
- Dried fruit
How To Build A Spring Cheese Board
- Start with a big serving board or platter. You'll also need a few bowls for dips (and olives, if you're using them). American Heirloom makes my favorite serving boards.
- Slice your veggies. Blanch the asparagus and/or green beans, if using them. To blanch vegetables, place them in a pot of boiling water and cook until just bright green, about 1-2 minutes, then immediately drain them and place them in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. This gives you tender-crisp veggies.
- Place cheeses and proteins on the board, spacing them out in various places.
- Spoon the dips into small bowls and place them on the board.
- Fill in the open spaces with veggies, crackers and any other extras.
How Much Should I Buy?
If you're serving a cheese board as an appetizer, you can estimate about 3 oz (total) of cheese and protein per person. If it's going to be the main course, account for about 6 oz (total) per person. For dips, estimate about 1 oz per person.
Food Safety Tips
When serving a cheese board, it's important to keep food safety in mind, since they contain foods that can potentially pose a food borne illness risk. Keep your board refrigerated before serving. You can pull it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to serving to let the cheese come to room temperature. Cheese, meat, eggs, and creamy dips should be out at room temperature for only 2 hours. Any longer than that, it's best to throw out any leftovers. You can always start with a little on the snack board and replenish from the refrigerator as needed.
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Pretty Spring Snack Board
Entertaining is a breeze when you make a pretty spring snack board! Here's how to make the ultimate cheese board filled with fresh veggies for spring.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: varies
- Category: snack
- Method: no cook
- Cuisine: American
Cheese (pick 2-3):
- Soft cheese, such as brie, goat cheese or Boursin
- Semi soft cheese, such as blue cheese or fontina
- Hard cheese, such as manchego or asiago
Protein (optional, pick 1-2):
- smoked salmon or lox
- sliced boiled eggs or deviled eggs
- snap peas
- blanched asparagus or green beans
Dips (pick 1-2)
- herby dip, such as my avocado green goddess dip
- creamy dip, such as ranch or my whipped feta artichoke dip
- crackers or breadsticks
- nuts or dried fruit
- Grab a big serving board or platter to hold everything.
- Slice veggies and blanch asparagus or green beans, if using.
- Place cheeses and any proteins on the board.
- Spoon dips into bowls and place on the board.
- Fill in the rest of the board with cut veggies, crackers, and any extras.
- If you're serving a cheese board as an appetizer, you can estimate about 3 oz (total) of cheese and protein per person. If it's going to be the main course, account for about 6 oz (total) per person. For dips, estimate about 1 oz per person.
- Cheeses, meat, eggs, and creamy dips should be left out at room temperature for only 2 hours. Any longer, and the leftovers should be thrown away for food safety reasons.
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