Valentines Day Charcuterie Board (Gluten Free)

Last updated on September 29th, 2023

gluten-free Valentine's day charcuterie board

Creating an awesome gluten-free Valentines Day charcuterie board is easier that you might think. Whether you’re planning a sweet Valentines treat for your family or throwing a Galentines Day party with your besties, learn how to construct a beautiful board filled with sweet and salty bites ready to mix and match in exciting flavor combinations. Completely customizable, this gluten-free Valentines charcuterie board is an absolute crowd pleaser everyone will love!

A huge thank you goes out to Savor by Suzie for providing the chocolate grain-free pretzels for this gluten-free charcuterie board!

How to Plan a Charcuterie Board for Valentines Day

Of course you want to create a beautiful display, but ultimately the most important consideration for a grazing board is how the food tastes and feels. Charcuterie boards allow everyone to mix and match tidbits in every bite, so it’s important to create a balance of flavors and textures.

Since this is a charcuterie board for Valentines days, layering sweet and salty flavors is a classic way to go. Next, think of different textures to include in the offerings, like crunchy, chewy, and juicy. Balance the meats and cheeses with plenty of healthy fruit and gluten-free chocolate covered pretzels.

Spotlight a variety of red, pink, or white foods, but don’t limit yourself—chocolate and dark berries will make striking additions to the display. You can also play with the shapes of the items. Sliced strawberries are a cute choice, and a small heart-shaped cookie cutter will create on-theme cheese slices.

Charcuterie roses are an easy way to dress up a charcuterie board for Valentines Day, but stick with 1, maybe 2 on a very large spread. Meat roses look cool, but some guests might not feel comfortable pulling apart the display, leaving the charcuterie uneaten.

What to Serve on a Gluten-Free Charcuterie Board

heart-shaped charcuterie board with gluten-free options

Included with This Gluten-Free Charcuterie Board

  1. Gluten-free bagels, sliced vertically and toasted
  2. Dried papaya spears
  3. Toasted squash seeds
  4. Savor by Suzie dark chocolate grain-free pretzels
  5. Turkey pepperoni
  6. Sharp cheddar cheese
  7. Coconut date balls
  8. Salami rose
  9. Blueberries
  10. Dried cranberries
  11. Aged raw milk gouda
  12. Savor by Suzie milk chocolate grain-free pretzels
  13. Apricot spread
  14. Blackberries
  15. Prosciutto
  16. Wild blueberry goat cheese
  17. Sliced strawberries

More Charcuterie Board Ideas for Valentines Day

The grazing nature of a charcuterie board is a perfect way to use odds and ends you already have at home. From a tiny jar of specialty jam to a handful of nuts, check your fridge and pantry for items to include.

Charcuterie (Cured Meat)

Besides the meats included on this Valentines charcuterie board, you could put out capicolla (AKA gabagool), mortadella, summer sausage, chorizo, or any other pink or red cured meat. Look for natural, nitrate-free options.

If meat’s not your thing, consider plant-based deli slices or skip the charcuterie and make it a gluten-free cheese board.


partially sliced block of aged raw gouda on a valentine's day charcuterie board

With so many delectable types of cheese out there it can be difficult to decide what variety will make the cut. It’s helpful to categorize cheese by firmness, then select one from each style. Examples of soft cheese include brie and neufchâtel, popular semi-soft cheeses are havarti and mozzarella, and firm cheese includes manchego and parmesan.

Like with the meat, if dairy’s out you could offer an assortment of plant-based cheeses, or leave off the cheese and build a gluten-free snack board.

Fruit (Fresh or Dried)

A combination of fresh and dried fruit adds color and texture to the display, while contributing sweet and tangy flavors. Additionally, fresh fruit serves as a palate cleanser between bites of rich meats and cheeses. Options not included on this Valentines charcuterie board include:

  • Raspberries
  • Cherries, fresh or dried
  • Grapes on the vine
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Dragon fruit
  • Apple slices, fresh or dried
  • Mandarin segments
  • Figs
  • Dried apricots


There are no veggies on this charcuterie board, but nothing’s stopping you from loading your Valentines grazing board with healthy vegetables! Include anything red, pink, purple, or white.

  • Red peppers (fresh or roasted)
  • Jicama
  • Red, purple, and white rainbow carrots
  • Watermelon radishes
  • Small tomatoes, red or heirloom varieties
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Purple sauerkraut
  • Purple or white cauliflower florets

Dips or Spreads

Match one or more of these ideas with the other food you serve on the board:

Gluten-Free Snacks

Round out your board with other gluten-free snacks.

Serving Sizes

In order to estimate how much food you’ll need to pull together for the Valentines Day board, think in terms of servings per person, spread over each element.

For instance, a serving of cheese is around 1½ ounces, but people often eat more than one serving, so it would be safer to aproximate closer to 3 ounces of cheese per person. With this in mind, guests probably won’t eat multiple servings of each type of cheese you put out on the board, so estimate the total amount of cheese you want to offer and then divide it by how many types of cheese you provide. Similarly, around 3 ounces of cured meat per person should be good, and as with the cheese, this is total for the various kinds of meat you set out.

However, if you’re going to put out the charcuterie board as the Valentines Day main rather than a starter, plan to serve more of everything so people can eat their fill.

Charcuterie Board Equipment


I used a 15-inch by 15-inch heart-shaped wooden board, but you can use whatever you have around the house, including slate, marble, glass, or bamboo.

The shape and size of the board will dictate how many elements and how much of each component you will include in your arrangement. Don’t feel overwhelmed if all the food doesn’t fit on the board at once. As people nosh their way through the offerings you’ll be able to reload the board with more of everything as needed.


platter of small slices of bagel next to a charcuterie board

Corral ingredients and add some height to the presentation with small dishes, bowls, or glasses on the grazing board. I also like to keep gluten-free crackers, bread, or similar items on the side in a basket or serving dish to make room for more components on the board.

Serving Utensils

In addition to the board and containers, you’ll need some tools for everyone to help themselves to the goodies on the Valentines Day charcuterie board. Depending on what you serve, set out cheese knives, spreaders, spoons, small forks, tongs, or even chop sticks. Look around for what serving utensils you have in your house and dare to get creative.

How to Assemble a Valentines Charcuterie Board

Gather Ingredients and Equipment

Having everything out together will help you envision your final masterpiece, and will make assembly go quickly and smoothly. Set out all the ingredients you would like to include on the Valentines charcuterie board. Next, match serving utensils with the corresponding fare. What knife or spreader will go with each cheese? Would a fork or small tongs be helpful to serve the meat? Do you need a small spoon to scoop spreads from dishes?

Lay Out the Large Elements

Start out by positioning any containers you’re including evenly around the board (they’re the easiest element to move around as you decide where everything should go).

Next, set out the cheeses, leaving plenty of room between them to fill in later with fruit and snacks. Cut a few slices of each variety to invite guests to dig in.

Add the meat assortment to the board. If you feel like a certain meat will pair well with a particular cheese, you could place them near each other, but not every variety needs to be matched up.

Pre-cut a few slices of any sausages, and think of how you can style the other charcuterie to add texture to the display. Could you roll the meat for height or fold it to resemble ribbons? If the slices come in long strips like prosciutto, break it up into smaller pieces so guests don’t end up contending with a big wad of meat.

Fill In the Board

Have fun with arranging the rest of the ingredients around the board. Play with color, texture, and type of food. Depending on how many components you include, you could cover the entire surface with ingredients, or leave space between items.

If you feel stuck on styling, it can be helpful to visualize the board in sections. For instance, this heart-shaped board naturally has 3 areas to work with, so one variety of cheese can be placed in each section and the gaps filled in from there.


A little planning goes a long way when you want to create a charming charcuterie board. Remember: there’s no wrong way to style your board, so get inspired and have fun! I’d love to see what you come up with—take a picture and tag me on Instagram!

Valentines Day Charcuterie Board (Gluten Free)

Create a beautiful GF Valentines Day charcuterie board ready to mix and match exciting flavor combos. Completely customizable, a crowd pleaser everyone will love!
Assembly Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 2 or more people
Author: Liz • Grateful Gluten Free


  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Dried papaya spears
  • Dried cranberries
  • Coconut date balls
  • Apricot fruit spread
  • Dark chocolate gluten-free pretzels
  • Milk chocolate gluten-free pretzels
  • Toasted squash seeds
  • Wild blueberry goat cheese
  • Aged raw milk gouda
  • Sharp cheddar
  • Turkey pepperoni
  • Salami rose
  • Prosciutto
  • Gluten-free bagels, sliced vertically and toasted


  • Gather all ingredients and equipment.
  • Position any containers evenly around the board.
  • Set out the cheeses, leaving plenty of room between them to fill in later. Cut a few slices of each variety to invite guests to dig in.
  • Add the meat assortment to the board. Pre-cut a few slices of any sausages, and think of how you can style the other charcuterie to add texture to the display.
  • Fill in the board with the remaining ingredients.

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