The trick to creating a deliciously vegan & EASY charcuterie board is knowing the vegan meat/cheese world – and knowing what you like. I am obsessed with Daiya’s smoked gouda cheese. It does not have that nasty Daiya taste – it slices easy, looks pretty and doesn’t have any over-powering flavours. I also love Field Roast’s smoked apple sage sausage. These two products are almost always the stars of my vegan charcuterie boards. (For my local friends – I always buy the smoked gouda at Save On Foods and the sausages at Save On Foods or The Real Canadian Superstore).
But really, you can use any vegan cheese you like, and any vegan sausage you like. I’d just highly, highly recommend these two – especially if you’re not sure of your favourites yet.
The other trick to creating a charcuterie board is the board itself. I found this marble board at The Real Canadian Superstore in the summer, but I know that Homesense always has cute serving platters for reasonable prices. You can always use a wooden cutting board, too. Whatever floats your boat!
The rest of the ingredients are easy. Your favourite olives (if you like them – I don’t, they’re always there for my husband!), your favourite store-bought or homemade hummus (I used roasted red pepper hummus here), crackers (I always use Triscuits), pretzels, veggies (I always use cucumber) and garnish – I used dill this time, but I really think that rosemary would be gorgeous – especially during the holidays!
Easy Vegan Charcuterie Board
This vegan charcuterie board is made with generally accessible vegan products but is totally customizable! Perfect for holiday parties or potlucks, and ready in only 15 minutes.
- 1 package of Field Roast Apple Sage sausages (4 sausages)
- 1 block of Daiya smoked gouda cheese
- 1 cup of your favourite storebought hummus
- 20 crackers
- 2 Handfuls of pretzels
- 10 olives
- 1/2 cucumber, sliced
- Herb of your choice (I’d recommend dill or rosemary – they’re the most beautiful!)
- Slice the vegan sausage into bitesized pieces. Cook in a nonstick skillet for 5 minutes (flipping halfway), or until both sides are brown. I don’t use cooking oil here, but if your pan tends to stick, you can add a small amount of oil before cooking. When the sausage is cooked, arrange on the board.
- Slice half of the Daiya cheese block on an angle, leaving the other half on the board with the knife for guests to cut themselves.
- Add 1 cup of hummus to a bowl and place it in the center of the board.
- Slice your cucumber, and then add it to the board with the remaining ingredients: pretzels, crackers, olives and your herbs.
- Serve and enjoy! Happy Holidays!