If you love cheese boards and your favorite grocery store is Trader Joe's, then this step-by-step guide to building the best Trader Joe's charcuterie board is for you! They have so many fun and different products, I'm sharing all my favorites plus some tips.
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If you love Trader Joe’s, you’ll love this Trader Joe’s Charcuterie Board
It's affordable. If you're looking for an inexpensive charcuterie board, Trader Joe's is one of my favorite places to shop for this!
It's so fun to create. Trader Joe's has many different types of cheeses and other great products, whether seasonal or evergreen. You can really have fun creating a different cheese platter every time.
It's perfect for every time of year. An epic charcuterie board is ideal for literally any celebration or gathering.
Best Trader Joe's Cheese for Charcuterie
Trader Joe's has such a great cheese selection, here are a few options that make for a good charcuterie board.
Hard cheese finds
- Trader Joe's Toscano Cheese with Black Pepper
- Toscano Cheese Soaked in Chardonnay (seasonal)
- Unexpected Cheddar ( this might be the best Trader Joe's cheese... or at least one of them!)
- Parmesan Reggiano
- Cheddar Cheese with Caramelized Onions
- Raw Milk Cave Aged Le Crueyre
- Cheddar & Gruyere Melange Cheese
Semi-Hard cheese finds
- Spicy Buffalo Cheddar
- Cheddar Cheese with Scotch Bonnet Chili Peppers
- Italian Truffle Cheese
- New Zealand Sharp Cheddar
Soft cheese finds
- Triple or Double Cream Brie
- Triple Cream Brie with Green Peppercorns
- Chevre Goat Cheese
- Chevre Honey Goat Cheese
- Blue Cheese Wedge
- Cambozola - This is also one of my favorite Trader Joe's cheeses, I describe it as if brie and blue cheese had a baby. It's such delicious creamy cheese.
Fresh cheese finds
- All Natural Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
- Syra Soaked Toscano Cheese Spread & Dip
- Unexpected Cheddar Cheese Spread
- Pub Cheese
- Onion & Chive Cream Cheese
Trader Joes Charcuterie Meat
Of course, a perfect charcuterie board needs charcuterie meat! Here are some great meat options you can pick up from your local Trader Joe's.
- Sliced Proscuitto
- Salame di Parma Mild Salami -- these are perfect to make salami roses and take your board to the next level.
- Chianti Red Wine Artisan Salami
- Truffle Salami
- Deli meats like oven-roasted turkey breast, ham, or roast beef.
- Trader Joe's Salami Variety Pack.
Other Trader Joe's Products
There are a ton of fun Trader Joe's products to create a beautiful board. Here are some of my favorite things.
- Fresh Fruit/Veggies - you really want to take advantage of seasonal fruits and veggies.
- Berries like strawberries and blueberries
- Stone fruit like peaches and apricots
- Pomegranate seeds
- Dried Fruits
- Dried Mango
- Freeze-Dried Berry Medley
- Strawberry jam
- Apricot jam
- Sweet pepper jelly
- Pumpkin butter - this is perfect for the holiday season.
- Trader Joe's Fig Butter
- Roasted Garlic Hummus
- Vegan Kale Pesto
- Elote Dip
- Vegan Caramelized Onion Dip
- Spinach & Artichoke Dip
- Sweet Plantain Chips
- Slighty Coated Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
- Organic Garlic or Plain Naan Crackers
- Super Seedy Cheese Snack Bites
- Pretzel Slims
- Organic Corn Chip Dippers
- Fig & Olive Crisps
- Cauliflower Crisps Snacks
- White Cheddar Truffle Oil Chips
- Crunchi Chili Onion Peanuts
- Buffalo Style Seasoned Almonds
- Thai Lime & Chili Cashews
- Garlic & Onion Pistachios
- Olive & Herbs Mixed Nuts
- Marcona Almonds
- Olives, Pickles, Finger Foods, etc.
- Garlic & Jalapeno Stuffed Olives
- Kalamata Olives
- Cornichon Pickles
- Olive Tapenade
Trader Joes Cheese Board ingredients
Here's a full shopping list of all the Trader Joe's products I included in this easy charcuterie board.
- Unexpected Cheddar - this is one of my personal favorites
- Port Salute
- Uncured Salami
- Organic Carrots - this is a great addition to add some really great color.
- Honeycrisp Apple
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Sesame Sticks
- Kalamata Olives
- Pita Bread Crackers - these are sturdy, have the slightest hint of sea salt, and are a perfect complement to a tasty cheese board.
I put together a downloadable grocery list to help you make the perfect board. Click here to download it!unexpect
How to put together a charcuterie board
- The cheeses. A good rule of thumb is to have a minimum of 2 kinds of cheese at least. Of course, the more people you have, the more cheese you'll need. Luckily TJ's has a great variety of cheeses that come at such a reasonable price. Start with placing your cheeses in the outer corners of your board. If you have a round board, place them in the perimeter.
- The meats. Trader Joe's offers some great and affordable charcuterie meat options. I really like the Trader Joe's brand proscuitto or uncured salami. I like to arrange the meats next to the cheeses so that they would pair best with them. I like to do small groups, typically 3 slices of meat in every bunch.
- The bowls. You'll want to transfer your dips, olives, and spreads into small bowls and place them around your board.
- The color. Add in your produce! Similar to the meats, I put the fruits and veggies next to the cheeses/dips that they would pair best with. For example, I'll put strawberry jam and proscuitto near brie cheese along with fresh sliced strawberries. I'll put sliced apples with cheddar cheese, and carrots with hummus.
- The crackers. I personally think pita bread crackers are the best crackers for this appetizer board, they don't taste like cardboard, but they go with every single cheese combination you can make.
- The filling in. This is when I fill in all the empty space. I fill it in with nuts, dried fruits, or extra fruits/veggies.