Charcuterie boards have become a popular option for serving delicious and visually appealing appetizers. While many charcuterie boards feature meat and cheese, a plant-based charcuterie board can be just as delicious and satisfying. I recently attended a Charcuterie Color Board party. Naturally, I chose green. I was inspired by flowers blooming in Spring. Here is what I included on my board along with the key benefits.
Asparagus is a nutrient-packed vegetable that is low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Asparagus is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. It also contains antioxidants that help protect against chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Cucumbers are a refreshing and hydrating vegetable that is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C and beta-carotene. They are also low in calories and high in water content, making them an excellent choice for weight management. Cucumbers also contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit that is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, and vitamins. They are an excellent source of potassium, which can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Avocados are also rich in antioxidants that can help protect against chronic diseases. I turned an avocado into a rose. Check out the video.
Grapes are a delicious fruit that is rich in antioxidants, including resveratrol, which has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Grapes are also a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
Edamame is a plant-based protein source that is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is also a good source of antioxidants, including isoflavones, which have been shown to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is a good source of vitamin K, which is essential for bone health, and vitamin A, which is important for eye health. Spinach also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. I turned spinach into my favorite Spinach Muffins. You can find the recipe here.
Pistachios are a delicious and nutritious nut that is rich in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. They are also a good source of antioxidants, including vitamin E, which can help protect against chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
A charcuterie board wouldn't be complete without cheese. This is Irish Cheese from the famous Murray's. Kept moist and crumbly inside an ever-so-Irish green wax rind, Murray’s Irish Cheddar is a buttery beauty that embodies the lush grassiness of Ireland’s rolling pastures. It contains high levels of calcium, beta-carotene, and omega 3's.
How to Create a Plant-Based Charcuterie Board
To create a plant-based charcuterie board filled with green plants and vegetables, start with a large wooden board or platter. Watch how I created this board here.
A plant-based charcuterie board filled with green plants and vegetables is a delicious and healthy option for serving appetizers. By including asparagus, cucumbers, avocados, grapes, edamame, spinach, and pistachios, you can create a board that is both visually appealing and nutrient-dense. Enjoy your plant-based charcuterie board at your next gathering and impress your guests with your delicious and healthy appetizers.