Whenever my husband and I order a charcuterie platter I always think “this could be a complete meal if it only had a salad”. So, here you go. I am making my dreams come true and you benefit as well. You’re welcome. Seriously though, when you need a simple, delicious and romantic meal there is no better low stress option than this Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner. Besides toasting the bread this platter is assembly only and it has everything you need for a lovely, no cooking required (because toasting is hardly cooking), complete meal!
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The Beauty of The Board!
No cooking. That’s the beauty of the board in a nutshell. Another plus, you can use whatever meats, cheese and nuts you have on hand. Of course I will be offering suggestions but you can mix and match as much as your hearts desire. And there’s very little clean up because you eat right off the board! Grab two forks and dig in.
A lovely, light and slightly sweet salad comprised of greens, caramelized nuts, apples and feta dressed with a light, lemony dressing. Charcuterie, otherwise known as cured meats, are very strongly flavored so we keep the salad simple, so it works well with all the savory, salty goodness on the board!
I used pepperoni, prosciutto, and salami but you may use whatever you prefer! I like to ‘scrunch’ up the prosciutto and arrange the pepperoni and salami in rows.
I used Tapas sampler wedges comprised of Manchego, Cabra Al Vino, and Iberico, slices of aged gouda, and the piece de resistance…soft goat cheese topped with Adriatic fig spread. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this, you are missing out, and when spread on sliced warm grilled baguette it is heavenly.
The Bread and Nuts:
I love to use a par-baked baguette, slice, brush with olive oil and grill in a grill pan. That said you could also place in the toaster or oven. If you are living gluten free, I recommend Against The Grain Baguettes found in the frozen section of some super markets. The nuts on this board are Marcona almonds, I love the olive oil and rosemary flavor. Of course you could use any nut you like including plain old roasted salted or spicy!
The Recipe: Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner for Two!
What you will need: not much! A serving board (I love this farmhouse style board or this round board) and these pretty cheese knives! I use a grill pan to grill the baguette and love Marcona almonds, and use Adriatic fig spread on the goat cheese! It’s amazing!
A complete meal served Charcuterie board style! This borad is for two people but can easily be made into a meal for 4 or even 6!
- 6 slices your choice of baguette, grilled or toasted
- 1 Tablespoon butter or olive oil
- 2 cups baby greens
- 6-8 apple slices
- small handful caramelized pecans
- 2 Tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Your choices of cured meats, I used salami, pepperoni and prosciutto
- Your choices of cheeses, I used a Spanish Tapas mix of Manchega, Cabra al Vino and Iberico wedges and slices of aged gouda
- 4 ounces soft goat cheese
- 3 tablespoon fig spread
- marcona almonds
Set out tray, board or platter
Place pan on medium heat, while grill pan is heating slice bread and spread with butter or brush with olive oil
Grill bread until golden and crispy, set aside
Place greens, pecans, apples and feta in a bowl
Whisk together salad dressing ingredients, set aside
Place meats and cheeses on board, spoon fig spread on top of soft goat cheese, add almonds and bread slices
Dress salad, toss and add to board, snuggle in the bread
Share right off the platter!
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My favorite appetizer ever!! Love the idea of adding a salad.
Personally, I always need greens!
You’ve made the perfect combination! I love the addition of the delicious salad to the platter! This is great for family and for entertaining!
I agree, the salad is a must have to balance out the meal!
Yes, I love this way of eating: sharing, the meat and cheese and big bites of greens with nuts, like traveling, special, memorable and simple.
I love that you compare this meal to traveling! You are exactly right!
I would love to have this for lunch! So pretty and simple.
OMG this is SUCH a great idea! I can’t wait to try this!
this is the kind of meal we serve every Friday night…and why I never thought to put a salad with it is beyond me! What a great idea!!
I guess I am just a genius 🙂
This is our dinner at least 3 times a week. Love everything about it
This is such a beautifully clean recipe. I have to make this!
This board is nearly too pretty to eat – but not quite! What a delicious selection of ingredients!
10 minutes for a meal is how I like to roll! I love this idea!
One of my favorite ways to have dinner!!! Actually, it was something my mom would do once a week in the summer (we lived in Arizona) so she wouldn’t have to cook!
It really is a great no stress dinner:)