Individual cheese, fruit and nut boards
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Cheese, Nuts, Oranges

Individual cheese, fruit and nut boards

Individual cheese, fruit and nut plates

This month’s Recipe Redux-small plates for sunny days-took me my right back to my single days. Back then,  I was working at the food mecca known as Central Market and different foods sufficed for dinner.  For example, it was common for these four ingredients to be dinner: New Caledonia shrimp + Manchego cheese + pears + fresh baguette.  Or these four: mixed greens + blue cheese + sauteed mushrooms + a few slices of medium rare filet mignon.  Perhaps fresh mozzarella + tomatoes with salt + a hot-off-the-press tortilla +a few hand packed olives in garlic. These are the years I learned how to make a mean cheese board, too and often had cheeses from around the world combined with fruits, nuts and various charcuterie. You get the drift, right? Suffice it to say, it was a different time in my gastronomic life.

Now, dinners look a lot different, but I’m lucky that friends and family allow me to indulge in my pre-marriage meals. I’m always willing to feed them and therefore, the small plates and cheese boards from yesteryear make appearances often.

The ingredients in this individual cheese board or cheese/fruit/nut platter are items that are always on hand at our house and these small plates take just minutes to assemble. Guests feel really special when I pull out the monogrammed napkins from our wedding (my husband’s last name starts with a “K”).

fruit, nut, cheese

Here’s what you need:

Edamame with salt + almonds + dried cranberries + apples + Cara Cara oranges +fresh mozzarella + tomato basil cheddar cheese

I like to add fresh basil and a drip of balsamic on the mozzarella cheese just before serving.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to small plates/tapas or cheese boards. Let your creativity (or whatever is in the kitchen) guide you!  What do you like to include on your cheese boards?


  • Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian
    Posted at 13:32h, 23 May

    What a great idea to put them each on an individual plate! We frequently have what I call “Cheese and Crackers” for dinner but it’s usually served more of a buffet style set up but these seem much more elegant and put together! Great post.

  • Cindy Kerschner
    Posted at 21:18h, 23 May

    My kind of snack!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
    Posted at 21:32h, 23 May

    I ADORE snack plates like this. I would eat it for lunch! 🙂

  • katie
    Posted at 15:05h, 27 May

    Love small plate meals like these. When I’m not in the mood to cook, I’ll pull bits and bobs from the fridge and my kids love it …hubby would prefer a hot meal, however 🙂