Holiday Cheeseboard

Christmas High Altitude Thanksgiving | Published December 7, 2021 by Mimi Council

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This simple Holiday Cheeseboard is an incredibly easy and delicious way to entertain this holiday season. Serve this Holiday Cheeseboard as an appetizer to dinner or if you're just hosting a small white elephant party with drinks and snacks!

If you're looking for more holiday recipes, try my Sparkling Apple Cider Bourbon, Peanut Butter Pretzel Christmas Crack, or my Hot Chocolate Cookies.

holiday cheeseboard

There are so many different ways you can put together a Holiday Cheeseboard. You can literally do whatever you want, and that is part of the fun! While I can provide you with recipes for cheeseboards and charcuterie boards, I hope I am just giving you ideas. You always can use whatever you like or whatever you have on hand, that is part of what is so amazing and versatile about these kinds of recipes! Check out my article Tips for Making a Cheeseboard for even more inspiration.

My mom pretty much made a cheeseboard for every single holiday growing up. They weren't as trendy as they are now, but I guess my mom was ahead of the trend. I just loved them because they had delicious snacks like cheese, meat, fruit, and nuts that I could snack on all the way up until dinner. I still make them all the time, especially around the holidays when we're just lounging around by the fire. And this Holiday Cheeseboard is similar to the one my mom made around this time of year. I use naturally colored red and green fruits and veggies to make it festive!

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

Naturally Festive: This is not an overly Christmas cheeseboard and I like it that way. I prefer when things are more naturally festive. The red and green grapes, green olives, and fresh rosemary makes it just right!

Easy AF: This is one of the easiest and most delicious appetizers for any holiday party!

Flexible: You can use anything you have on hand for this cheeseboard. Try to keep within the holiday color theme of red and green. But, you can easily switch it up with green and red bell peppers, broccoli, Cherry tomatoes, strawberries, or other green or red produce!

holiday cheeseboard


Summer Sausage: I use Organic Prairie Summer Sausage, which is my absolute favorite!

Cheese: I love Organic Valley Grassmilk Cheddar.

Grapes: I use organic red and green grapes for color, but grapes were something my mom always had on her cheeseboards.

Fresh Rosemary: The fresh rosemary really makes it feel festive.

Crackers: Use your favorite organic crackers.

Green Olives: I love olives on a cheeseboard, but green olives with red pepper in the center are also naturally festive!

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Place olives in a small bowl. Add to a large paddle cutting board.

Step 2

Slice cheese and sausage. Arrange on the cutting board.

Step 3

Fill in with crackers and grapes, and add rosemary for garnish.

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  • Use ingredients that you love! This part is so simple guys. Everyone has a favorite cheese, meat, or fruit – it doesn't matter what it is, you can add whatever you want! My favorite cheese and meats are usually from Organic Valley, but there are also other amazing organic options out there to fill up your cheeseboard.
  • You can prep most of the board the day before. If you want to slice cheese and meat, you can definitely do that a day ahead. I just recommend that you either wrap the board very well with plastic wrap so the meat and cheese don't dry out. Or, you can even slice everything and put it in a Tupperware and just assemble the board the next day. Having the ingredients sliced can be very helpful!
  • I use red and green grapes here to give off some holiday vibes. But, you can use other festive colored fruits or veggies like – strawberries, raspberries, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, and more.
  • If you want to add a dip to this cheeseboard, I would recommend using my Dill Dip recipe, it's so good!


Can I use different produce?

Yes, feel free to use any kind of fruits and veggies you want. If you want to keep in the red/green theme, you can add red or green bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, Cherry tomatoes, cranberries, pomegranates, or red or green apples.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, you can slice the summer sausage and cheese ahead of time. Just keep it in a tupperware until ready to serve. Then just make up the board before serving.

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Holiday Cheeseboard

Mimi Council
Try this simple Holiday Cheeseboard for an easy appetizer for your holiday parties.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Makes 12 servings
Calories 418 kcal


  • 6 ounces green olives
  • 8 ounces Organic Valley Rack Jack Style Cheese
  • 8 ounces Organic Valley Raw Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 12 ounces Organic Prairie Summer Sausage
  • 8 ounces crackers
  • 2 cups green grapes
  • 2 cups red grapes
  • fresh rosemary (for garnish)


  • Place olives in a small bowl. Add to a large paddle cutting board.
  • Slice cheese and sausage. Arrange on the cutting board.
  • Fill in with crackers and grapes, and add rosemary for garnish.


High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.


Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 17gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1277mgPotassium: 261mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 468IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 312mgIron: 2mg
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One response to “Holiday Cheeseboard”

  1. Annie S. says:

    So pretty! ❤️

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