This Italian charcuterie board is the perfect combination of delicious imported Italian meats, imported Italian cheeses, nuts, dried fruit, olives, roasted tomatoes, pickled vegetables, and grilled bread. It makes a great appetizer or a simple summer meal – no cooking required!
In the middle of summer, there is nothing I love more than a light meal enjoyed out on the patio with a cold glass of wine.
I find it hard to eat big meals when it’s 100 degrees outside, and honestly, who wants to feel full when it’s that hot out?
That’s why I’m sharing one of my favorite light dinners that doesn’t skimp on quality or taste.
What is an Italian Charcuterie Board Called?
Charcuterie is a French word, and the Italian equivalent is affettati.
But many people refer to an Italian charcuterie board as a salumi board.
Salumi is a term used to describe a wide range of different Italian-style meats that are salted, cured, or preserved.
Authentic, imported Italian meats make the BEST summertime dinner or party charcuterie board.
Easy Charcuterie Board Ideas
When I’m putting together a simple charcuterie board, I like to try and combine lots of different flavors with different little snacks to go along.
For this board, I paired four high-quality, imported, Italian meats with dried figs, pistachios, hazelnuts, olives, garlic roasted tomatoes, giardiniera, and lots of toasted Italian bread.
I also threw in a wedge of the most amazing cheese I have ever tried, a Parmigiano-Reggiano DOP Vacche Rosse that has that perfect Parmesan bite with the little crunchy crystals that have you craving for more bites.
Simple charcuterie board ideas include:
- Burrata, Parmigiano Reggiano, or Asiago cheese
- Roasted red peppers
- Marinated artichokes
- Roasted tomatoes
- Assorted nuts: almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc
- Fresh or dried fruits such as grapes or dried cranberries
- Mustards, jams or honey
- Bread and/or crackers
There is no right or wrong when it comes to charcuterie board DIY.
These cheese and salami platters can be customized with just about anything you like and it’s so much fun to lay everything out in a beautiful design.
And of course, you can serve it with a wonderful Italian wine!
What Meats Are On An Italian Charcuterie Board?
The funny thing about hitting up the grocery store for authentic Italian products is that while many markets do carry truly imported products, there are a lot of imposter products.
This can make it hard to know if you’re truly buying a legitimate product from Italy.
Marketers have spent a lot of money trying to make products look like legitimate Italian imports, while they were really produced elsewhere.
Now, I know you’re probably thinking “um, why do I really care if my products don’t come from Italy?” Well, quality is the major reason.
Italian products are highly regulated, labeled, and even tell you from what region your products have come from.
Remember – just because something looks or sounds Italian doesn’t actually mean it’s from Italy.
Always look for that “Made in Italy” label to know you’re truly buying the real deal.
For this Italian salumi board, I hit up my local Italian market where they were more than happy to help me pick out quality imported meats.
They went out of their way to explain all the differences.
They showed me the stamps on the meat to signal they are imported and even explained how they travel to Italy every summer to visit the farmers where they get some of their imported meats and cheeses.
It was the most educational deli trip ever.
Since I knew I wanted to create an Italian salumi board with lots of different flavors, I went with a few classic meat additions:
- Prosciutto Toscano PDO
- Speck Alto Adige PGI
- Mortadella Bologna PGI
- Salami Schiacciata Piccante.
They were all delicious.
If you find yourself wondering what to make for a light, quick dinner, you 100% need to give this Italian charcuterie board a try.
Just make sure you use truly imported Italian meats because that means you’re getting high quality, great flavor, and authentic Italian cuisine.
More summertime recipes
- 1/2 pound Parmigiano Reggiano DOP Vacche Rosse
- 1/4 pound Prosciutto Toscano PDO
- 1/4 pound Speck Alto Adige PGI
- 1/4 pound Mortadella Bologna PGI
- 1/4 pound Salami Schiacciata Piccante
- 1 cup mixed olives
- 1 cup roasted tomatoes
- 1/2 cup halved dried figs
- 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
- 1/4 cup shelled hazelnuts
- 1 loaf Italian bread, sliced and toasted
On a large platter or cutting board lay out all items above.