So you’re heading to a party or having a party and need something easy to throw together. Have I got the solution for you. This Plant-based cheeseboard is a sure crowd pleaser. Shall we?
It’s no secret that I like food. Growing up, whenever we would vacation or go somewhere for the day, it was all based around where we were having our meals. I realize not everyone shares this same obsession, but I can bet most of you who are reading this post can relate. This same food focus still exists today at my house when I have parties. At my own house, I like to have good bites to eat. As much as I enjoy when people bring items over, I am a control freak when it comes to what I want to serve. I always have a vision as to what I want available to my guests and many times, it includes a cheese plate of sorts. I’m thrilled to say that following a plant-based lifestyle has not changed my love of serving such a diverse, delicious plate.
I’ll be honest, this is my first attempt at a dairy-free cheeseboard. I know what you’re thinking, what the heck is dairy-free cheese? Most of these “cheeses” are made from nuts. Many of them are fermented so they develop that delicious, tangy flavor that dairy cheeses have. I found most of these at Whole Foods in the meat and dairy-free refrigerated section. If you have this store near you, you’ll be surprised to find the variety available to you. I encourage you to check it out. This board consists of a sundried tomato soft cheese, a black pepper crusted cheese, a parmesan cheese block, a plant-based chèvre, and a standard spreadable dairy-free cream cheese.Outside of the cheese options, feel free to add some other tasty treats to the board. I incorporated some flavorful jams, hummus, olives, marinated tomatoes, and some balsamic soaked figs. Dates, apricots, pistacios, clementines, or other fruit are also good options. Fresh vegetables for dipping wouldn’t hurt either. Just load it with goodies and make it colorful. Don’t forget the dairy free crackers, breadsticks, or toast points to dip into the goodness. Oh, and always have something green.
The point of this post is to say a couple of things–first, cheeseboards are easy, customizable, and can come together in a flash for any occasion; you really can’t go wrong. The second thing is, going plant-based doesn’t mean you only eat salad. There are so many delicious ways to enjoy foods that you have never thought of before. Take my word for it and hit up your Whole Foods and check out the dairy-free cheese section. You’ll be surprised at how good they are.