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This classic Italian Charcuterie board is the perfect blend of savory and sweet. Loaded with nuts, dried fruit, cured meats, and a Caprese salad, this charcuterie board is perfect for your next get-together!

Charcuterie boards are the perfect thing to make for any party or special day! It is full of hearty meats and cheeses that keep guests satisfied and the conversation flowing. I am in love with all of the different kinds of boards you can put together, like this adorable Halloween Hocus Pocus board, or this perfect for Christmas wreath-shaped charcuterie board. This simple charcuterie board is a great place to start if you are putting together your first one!

An overview of the Italian charcuterie board with an assortment of meats, cheeses, nuts, and fruits.

Italian Charcuterie Board

The first time I had a charcuterie board was at a nice restaurant and I didn’t even know how to pronounce it. I thought it was too fancy for me to make at home, and forgot all about it. Then I went to a friends party and there was a charcuterie board! It looked so cute and was full of things I couldn’t wait to dive into. I realized how easy they really were to make at home and have been hooked ever since! I’ve even gotten into veggie boards and dessert boards because honestly things just look so yummy on a board!

This Italian charcuterie board definitely lives up to it’s name. It has a cute little Caprese salad on it, and plenty of cured meats and yummy cheeses. I’ve included all of the steps you need to get started, as well as some ideas of what fruits, nuts, meats, and cheeses to use! The great thing about charcuterie boards, though, is that you can really put whatever you want on it! So feel free to swap out any of the items below.

Let’s Start with Caprese Salad

What is a Caprese salad? Only the best salad ever! It’s just mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil, and balsamic glaze. It is seriously the best salad out there and the perfect way to start your Italian charcuterie board. You could do it front and center, or you can put it off to the side like I did. It was one of the things we ate first so I put it off to the side for that reason. I knew it would disappear fast!

A close up on the caprese salad and crostini.

Adding Olives to Italian Charcuterie

You know if it’s an Italian charcuterie board, you HAVE to have some olives on there! I like to get olives that are in jars rather than cans because the ones in the jars actually stay good longer. I prefer Kalamata and green olives, but you could choose whatever you like best. If you don’t like olives, artichokes are a great substitute!

  • Kalamata Olives
  • Green Olives
A close up of the Italian charcuterie board with grapes, mangoes, cheeses, and crackers.

Meats and Cheeses

This is one of the most important elements on your Italian charcuterie board. You have to have some yummy cured meats and flavorful cheeses. Salami is a cured and aged sausage that has lots of seasoning to it, which means it’s full of flavor. I also love Prosciutto because it’s really fatty and cut really thinly. You could use coppa or ham! It’s a different taste and texture than the salami and it makes for a great mix of flavors. The cheese can be slices, cubes, or creamy. It’s great to have a salty option, like pecorino. It’s a hard cheese that has so much flavor! You could try any cheese you like, and then maybe pick up a cheese you’ve never tried before like burrata. You could also stick to the basics like parmesan or cheddar.


  • Black Pepper Salami
  • Spicy Calabrese Dry Salami
  • Prosciutto di Parma


  • Pecorino Romano
  • Gorgonzola Mountain
A hand grabbing some meat from the charcuterie board.

Fruits and Nuts

I like to call this the miscellaneous section! This is the part where you can really have fun with putting things on your Italian charcuterie board. I like to include nuts because I know my family will eat them. I also add crackers and crostini because they go great with cheese and meat. And then don’t forget to add some fresh and dried fruits! These are a nice break from all of the salty and savory items on your board. I love grapes, dried apricots, dried mangos, and raisins. You can really add whatever you want here because it’s your board!


  • Dried Apricots
  • Dried Mango
  • Grapes

Nuts and Crackers

  • Almonds
  • Variety of Crackers
  • Crostini

Putting Your Italian Charcuterie Board Together

Now it’s time to put everything on the board! This is the fun part because you really get to think about what would look nice together and how you want people to pick things up. I like to put things I know will definitely get eaten on the outside, and then people can work their way to the center. You will want to put things that can roll around in a bowl, like olives or loose grapes. Then you can even make a few salami roses to make your board look fancy. Just have fun with it, and as long as you like the things on the platter you will love eating it!

  1. Make Caprese: On a large charcuterie board place the Caprese along the side of the board. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  2. Add Bowls and Olives: Place your small bowls with the olives. Then arrange your meats on the board.
  3. Add Cheese and Fruit: Add in the cheese and dried fruit.
  4. Fill in Gaps: Fill the rest of the board in with crackers, and then nuts.

  • On a large charcuterie board place the caprese along the side of the board. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

  • Place your small bowls with the olives. Arrange your meats on the board.

  • Add in the cheese and dried fruit.

  • Fill the rest of the board in with crackers, and nuts.

Serves: 6

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Appetizer

Cuisine Italian American

Keyword 15 minute, charcuterie board, Italian charcuterie board

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