Easter Grazing Platter is the ultimate spring charcuterie board loaded with cheese, meats, fresh fruit and veggies, nuts and delicious Easter candy. Serve it for brunch or as pre-dinner appetizer platter!
There is no better holiday appetizer than an impressive charcuterie board in my opinion. Themed grazing boards are my favorite to make because you can really let your creativity loose and create something special!
Any holiday is a good opportunity to create a pretty looking platter that feeds a crowd and makes after party clean up a breeze! I made an epic Fall Charcuterie Board for Thanksgiving and this Christmas Charcuterie Board during the Holidays last year and they were a huge hit.
This Easter grazing board combines classic charcuterie ingredients, such as hard and soft cheese, cured meats and nuts, with spring-themed items, like fresh berries, spring veggies and Easter candy.
If you are looking for a unique board appetizer, make sure to also check out my Smoked Salmon Charcuterie Board. It is a great way to serve brunch on Easter morning. Or, this Small Charcuterie Board is a perfect appetizer if your gathering is small and intimate.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Fresh Fruit: I like a variety of berries, such as halved strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Grapes, sliced apples and blood oranges are all great choices.
- Spring veggies, such as radishes, snap peas and carrots. Cucumbers and celery sticks will also work nicely.
- Cheese: I like a mix of softer and harder cheeses. Trader Joe’s is my absolute favorite place to get interesting and inexpensive cheese. For this board I picked up Unexpected Cheddar (my go-to crumbly cheddar cheese) and Spanish Tapas Cheese Sampler featuring triangles of Iberico, Manchego and Cabra Al Vino. Gouda, havarti and brie are great choices, too.
- Cured Meats: I went with salami and prosciutto.
- Hard Boiled Eggs: there is no Easter without hard boiled eggs in my house! Serve them plain or turn them into deviled eggs, if you like.
- Crackers: I recommend using two or more different varieties. I always include a gluten-free option so for this board I chose classic Wheat Thins and Good Thins made with rice flour. I also love Trader Joe's Cracker Assortment and keep a box nearby to serve on the side, if needed.
- Nuts: any nuts will do: raw almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts or cashews will work great. I like pistachios for this platter because their green color goes well with the spring theme.
- Sweets: what would Easter be without Easter candy? I opted for a mix of Cadbury mini milk chocolate eggs and malted Robin Eggs. Chocolate bunny is a great center piece but it’s totally optional. If your family loves jelly beans or M&M’s, incorporate them into this board.
- Veggie Dip: You can use a classic veggie dip, such as hummus or ranch but if you want to bring this platter to a new level, try my Herbed Yogurt Dip (recipe below). This Dill Aioli would also work perfectly on this spring-themed board.
How to make herbed yogurt dip
You will need:
- Boursin cheese (Garlic & Fine Herbs flavor)
- Greek yogurt (I like 2% fat Fage Greek Yogurt)
- Fresh garlic, minced
- Chopped dill weed
- Lemon juice
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined. Serve right away or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
How to make it
Step 1: Start with ingredients served in containers: Herbed Yogurt Dip (or other veggie dip) and candy eggs.
Step 2: Add cheese and hard boiled eggs. At this stage I like to also place the chocolate bunny in the middle.
Step 3: Place spring veggies near the veggie dip and arrange cured meats near the cheese.
Step 5: Add fresh fruit, nuts and crackers.
Step 6: Fill the gaps with more berries, as needed. The board should look full.
Step 7: Add utensils and serve! Small spoons, forks and spreaders will make serving this epic Easter appetizer easier.
Expert tips for assembling a winning grazing board
- Group foods that go well together. I like to arrange vegetables around the dip, fruit and crackers near cheese etc. It doesn’t have to be perfect but group ingredients that make sense to be together.
- Provide 2-3 options for each food category. This is what makes a great grazing board! I recommend 2-3 different kinds of fruit, veggies, cheese, cured meats and crackers. Variety is key and it’s a great way to make sure that everyone will find something they like!
- Mix colors and textures. That’s another golden rule of a successful charcuterie board: include something soft and hard, sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy and so on. That way your guests will be able to create their own perfect bite.
- Customize! Use this recipe as inspiration but make it completely yours! Use what you already have, mix and match foods that you, your family and friends love to create your own version of a perfect Easter board.
- Make the board look full. To achieve this, I start with the bigger items, such as bowls with dip and candy, and finish with small foods, such as berries and nuts. Fill any gaps for that abundant, full look.
- Don’t forget utensils. Think of how your guests will be eating this appetizer. A variety of little spoons, knives and spreaders is a must! You can also provide mini tongs, if you want. Oh, and don’t forget little plates and napkins!
Pretty much. Charcuterie board (pronounced shar-koo-ta-ree) is a fancy term that has grown in popularity in the past year or two but it’s essentially the same thing as a cheese board, grazing board, grazing platter or appetizer platter. Whatever you want to call it – bottom line is that it’s a fancy looking assortment of delicious finger foods!
My go-to for grazing platters is a wooden board with a rim. For this recipe I used a rectangular tray style board that I found at Home Goods. If you don't have one, cookie sheets make for a really great grazing board! Just line it with parchment paper and load it with your favorite charcuterie items. You can also use any ceramic or glass platter or tray you have, as long as it's fairly large.
Yes, as long as you have space in your fridge or a very cold storage room. Because this board is made with perishable items such as cheese and meats, it needs to be refrigerated until ready to serve. If that's not a possibility for you, you can still save yourself some time (and stress) by prepping the individual ingredients ahead of time. Wash and cut up fruit and veggies and store them in the fridge, make the Herbed Yogurt Dip, prep the candy etc. Anything that you prep ahead will make assembling the platter much faster!
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Easter Grazing Platter
- Snap peas
Herbed Cheese Yogurt Dip
- ½ package Garlic and Fine Herb Boursin Cheese minced
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ lemon juiced
Meat, Eggs & Cheese
- Unexpected Cheddar Cheese
- Spanish Tapas Cheese Sampler
- Hard boiled eggs
Crackers & Nuts
- Wheat Thins
- Good Thins gluten-free
- Cadbury Eggs
- Robin Eggs
- Milk Chocolate Bunny
- To make the Herbed Yogurt Dip, mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined. Set aside.
- Line a large rectangular rimmed board, cookie sheet or ceramic platter with parchment paper to make clean-up easier.
- In a small bowl combine Cadbury mini eggs and Robin malted eggs.
- Place the candy egg bowl and the Herbed Yogurt Dip on the board away from each other.
- Add cheese and hard boiled eggs. At this stage I also like to unwrap and place the chocolate bunny in the middle.
- Place salami and prosciutto near the cheese. I recommend folding salami in quarters and shaping prosciutto into fans. This creates more volume than flat slices.
- Arrange halved radishes, snap peas and carrots near the veggie dip and arrange cured meats near the cheese. Opening some pea pods makes for a nice presentation but is totally optional!
- Add halved strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Make sure your fruit is washed and dried on paper towels.
- Now add crackers and pistachios.
- Fill the gaps with more berries, as needed. The board should look full.
- Add utensils and serve! Small spoons, forks and spreaders will make serving this epic Easter appetizer easier.