How to Arrange a Rainbow Cheese Board

March 15, 2018Holly Wade

How to arrange a rainbow fruit and cheese board

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to celebrate in style. For me, that meant finding a way to incorporate a rainbow into a party appetizer for hosting a St. Patty’s party. Since charcuterie boards are easy for everyone to enjoy, I put together a rainbow cheese board with a variety of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads and other toppings so that it looked like a rainbow.

Fruit and cheese arranged in rainbow order

I used a combination of pomegranate seeds, mild cheddar cheese, sautéed bell pepper, grapes, blueberries and sliced plums to create my rainbow.

Detail of a rainbow fruit and cheese board

Let’s break down a few foods you can use to create the rainbow and how to arrange it:

Red: pomegranate seeds, red peppers, tomatoes, raspberries

Orange: cheeses, orange slices, carrots, bell peppers

Yellow: yellow peppers, peeled mango, pineapple

Green: grapes, pear slices, apple slices, green peppers, olives

Blue: blueberries
Purple: plum slices, grapes, blackberries

Charcuterie arranged in a rainbow

I arranged the rainbow down the middle and filled in the sides with a variety of cheeses, meats, breads, jellies or nuts. I like to think about the different combinations guests can make with the ingredients on the plate and make sure everything has a good pairing. My personal favorite is a slice of French bread topped with goat cheese, peach jam and a plum slice. No matter what, it’s just so pretty to look at!

Print Recipe

Rainbow Charcuterie Board

  • Servings: 8 people

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to celebrate in style. For me, that meant finding a way to incorporate a rainbow into a party appetizer for hosting a St. Patty’s party. Since charcuterie boards are easy for everyone to enjoy, I put together a rainbow cheese board with a variety of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads and other toppings so that it looked like a rainbow.

Ingredients

Red

  • pomegranate seeds
  • red pepper slices
  • grape tomatoes
  • raspberries

Orange

  • cheddar cheeses
  • orange slices (fresh or dried)
  • carrots
  • orange bell pepper slices

Yellow

  • yellow pepper slices
  • mango slices
  • pineapple

Green

  • green grapes
  • pear slices
  • Granny Smith apple slices
  • green bell pepper slices
  • olives

Blue

  • blueberries

Purple

  • plum slices
  • grapes
  • blackberries

Directions

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    I arranged the rainbow down the middle and filled in the sides with a variety of cheeses, meats, breads, jellies or nuts. I like to think about the different combinations guests can make with the ingredients on the plate and make sure everything has a good pairing. My personal favorite is a slice of French bread topped with goat cheese, peach jam and a plum slice. No matter what, it’s just so pretty to look at!

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