A simple but elegant Gluten-Free Fall Harvest Charcuterie Board is the ultimate crowd pleaser! Filled with a variety of fresh fruits, meats, and cheeses that are all customizable to your liking, this festive fall charcuterie board is perfect for holidays, entertaining, and special occasions.
Charcuterie boards are the perfect appetizer options for entertaining! They have such a sophisticated charming look and are easy to create. The best part of making a charcuterie board is that you can customize it to your liking. To help create this fall harvest look I used dark colors, different shapes, textures, and seasonal flavors.
Gluten-Free Fall Charcuterie Board Ingredients
Using an assortment of meats, cheeses, fruits, and jams, this fall cheese board is easily customizable to your liking.
Meat: Salami, Genoa Salami, Prosciutto, Dry Cured Chorizo, and Black Forest Ham are all great meat options for your charcuterie board. Remember to serve your salami at room temperature and use around 2 ounces of meat per person, with 3-4 different meat varieties, depending on the size of your party.
Cheese: You can use different types of cheeses depending on the season. At our local health food store, we found a seasonal pumpkin spice goat cheese. We also used a Hot Pepper Garlic & Herb Cheese spread, a large block of Manchego, and a wheel of Double Cream Brie. For a larger board, you will want at least 3-4 cheese options. I usually go with 2-3 hard cheeses, a block of extra soft cheese, and a specialty cheese to help balance the flavors and textures. Seasonal fall options include blue cheese, fresh mozzarella, aged cheddar, or a cranberry goat cheese log.
Gluten-Free Crackers: My favorite gluten-free cracker brand is Simple Mills Gluten-Free Crackers. They have a variety of gluten-free options and flavors that go well with any charcuterie board. Here we used 3 varieties: Farmhouse Cheddar, Rosemary & Sea Salt, and Garlic Herb. They are the perfect size and shape, to tuck nicely around the condiment dishes. You could also use a freshly toasted gluten-free baguette or rice crackers.
Fruit: You can use both seasonal fruits, fresh berries, and dried fruit to balance the large platter. Here we used fresh granny smith apple slices which provide a nice pop of color, red grapes, and blackberries. Other fall fruits include blueberries, pears, cranberries, figs, and dates.
Nuts & Dried Fruit: Nuts and dried fruit are great filler options, and depending on the season you can change up the flavors. Here we used roasted pistachios and pecans. Other fall options include candied walnuts, apricots, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts, almonds, or cashews.
Condiments and Spreads: One of my favorite parts of a charcuterie board is the choice of spreads. Nothing beats a classic fig jam, which pairs lovely with the rosemary crackers, prosciutto, and creamy brie. We also use wildflower honey and raw honeycomb. A drizzle of honey adds that perfect sweetness to balance out the sharpness of the cheese. Other fall options include apple butter, pumpkin butter, blackberry jam, cranberry jam, caramel dip, spinach artichoke dip, pate’ and honey mustard
Olives and Pickled Items: Olives and cornichons are delicious savory options with great texture.
How to Dress Up Your Gluten-Free Fall Charcuterie Board
Here are some easy options to help dress up your Fall charcuterie board!
Fresh Herbs: Fresh herbs are a great way to dress up your board. Fragrant pieces such as rosemary, thyme, or sage are perfect for fall!
Fall Charcuterie Board Props: Pumpkins, cheese knives, decorate small spoons, small bowls, honey dippers, toothpicks, and of course a grand snack board. There are so many beautiful boards of different sizes, shapes, and colors, choose one that best fits your style.
Optional Charcuterie Board Ideas
Small Bites: This part is completely optional, but I love having a ready-made appetizer, such as bacon-wrapped dates, displayed throughout the board. Other finger foods include my blackberry brie bites, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, or caprese bites.
How to Make a Gluten-Free Fall Harvest Charcuterie Board
Adding pumpkins and seasonal flavors make this the perfect charcuterie board for the Fall season!
Step 1. Choose your seasonal produce: meats, cheese, fruit, nuts, crackers, and spreads.
Step 2. Select the charcuterie platter of your choice. I love using a large white serving board that goes with any season. Any dark wood board would be perfect for the Fall season.
Step 3. Place the cheese, pumpkins, and small condiment bowls with jams and spreads, evenly spaced apart, onto the board.
Step 4. Arrange the meat, and crackers around the cheese and condiment bowls.
Step 5. Add the fruit to the outside of the platter, blending it into the meat and crackers.
Step 6. Sprinkle the nuts and small bites into any spaces that need to be filled.
Step 7. Garnish with fresh herbs. Add the small spoons and dippers.
Step 8. Serve!
Can Charcuterie Boards Be Made Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can cut down on the prep time by having displayed the meats, chopped fruits, and refrigerated items on the charcuterie board a few hours ahead of schedule. Leave off the bread, crackers, and anything that should be warm or at room temperature. Assemble the items on the board 30 minutes before guests arrive.
How Long Can a Charcuterie Board Be Left Out?
For health safety purposes, you’ll want to avoid leaving any dairy products out longer than 4 hours. It’s always best to leave the cheese plate portion in the refrigerator, prior to serving.
For More Tasty Fall Recipes, Check Out These Links Below
- Pumpkin Pie (Gluten and Dairy-Free)
- Chocolate Pecan Tart (Gluten and Dairy-Free)
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Bread
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin Rosemary Biscuits
Gluten-Free Fall Harvest Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie Meats Choose 2-4 options, 2 ounces per person
- Salami, calabrese, prosciutto, soppressata, pepperoni, ham
Cheese Choose 3-5 options, 2 ounces per person
- Firm Cheese: manchego, parmesan, aged gouda, asiago, cheddar, gruyere, blue cheese
- Semi-soft cheese: brie, havarti, butterkäse, muenster, mozzarolla
- Soft Cheese: goat cheese (seasonal flavor), mascarpone, hot pepper cheese spread.
Gluten-Free Crackers or Baguette 2-3 boxes/flavors
- Simple Mills Gluten-Free Crackers: Rosemary Sea Salt, Farmhouse Cheddar, Black Pepper, Ground Sea Salt, Garlic Herb
- Gluten-Free Baguette - thinly sliced and toasted
Seasonal Fall Fruit 3-4 options
- Apples, red grapes, blackberries, blueberries, pears, cranberries, figs, and dates.
Nuts & Dried Fruit 2-3 options
- Roasted pistachios, candied walnuts, apricots, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts, almonds, or cashews
Condiments and Spreads 2-3 options
- Fig jam, honey, raw honeycomb, apple butter, pumpkin butter, blackberry jam, cranberry jam, caramel dip, spinach artichoke dip, and honey mustard
Olives and Pickled Items 1-2 options
- Olives, cornichons, chutney
Fresh Herbs, optional decor
- Rosemary, sage, thyme
Small Bites, optional 8-16 pieces
- Blackberry brie tarts, bacon-wrapped dates, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, or caprese bites
Fall Add Ons
- Pumpkins, faux leaves, using a cookie cutter on the brie to cut out a fall-like shape
- Choose your seasonal produce: meats, cheese, fruit, nuts, crackers, and spreads.
- Select the charcuterie platter of your choice.
- Place the cheese, pumpkins, and small condiment bowls with jams and spreads, evenly spaced apart, onto the board.
- Arrange the meat, and crackers around the cheese and condiment bowls.
- Add the fruit to the outside of the platter, blending it into the meat and crackers.
- Sprinkle the nuts and small bites into any spaces that need to be filled.
- Garnish with fresh herbs. Add the small spoons and dippers.