Summer Fruit and Cheese Board

overhead shot of hand grabbing cracker on cheese board

This Summer Fruit and Cheese Board is the perfect meal to throw together when you want a fun appetizer or an easy weeknight dinner where you don’t have to turn on the oven! Loaded with fresh Summer fruit + tons of cheeses and meats, this board is the BEST! 

This post is sponsored by La Panzanella – thank you for continuing to support the brands that make OBB possible! 

We are officially well into Summer and I don’t know about y’all, but here in North Carolina, it’s getting HOT! Like, too hot to turn on the oven hot. Like, too hot to even dream about cooking hot. 

So, what better way to celebrate being in the heat of Summer than making a Fruit and Cheese Board?!? Specifically, one that is loaded with the BEST Summer fruit, tons of cheese, meat and of course, my favorite – La Panzanella Croccantini crackers!

Creating Memories and Moments:

Alright y’all, as I mentioned before, it’s Summertime. It’s hot. And instead of spending 2 hours each evening in the kitchen for dinner – I’d rather enjoy time with my loved ones eating and enjoying delicious food!

One thing I love about whipping up this Summer Fruit and Cheese Board is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s not at all about an aesthetic you have to meet to post on social media or for photos – it’s all about the memories and moments you have as you’re reaching across the board for a creamy piece of cheese or juicy piece of peach. 

sliced summer fruits

It’s about being silly and feeding your significant other a strawberry or packing the board up as a picnic as you enjoy the sunshine on your skin. 

This board is all about the experience! And one of my favorite parts includes the La Panzanella Croccantini! 

For this board, I used their Croccantini Original flavor which paired perfectly with each component of this board. 

These crackers are the perfect light and crispy accompaniment to each component of this board. From the juicy peaches, the sharp white cheddar cheese, the slices of salty salami…the crackers are simply perfect with each bite!  

small cheese board with assorted fruit, crackers and cheese and meat

Another favorite part of this board? All of the delicious Summer fruit! Summer is by far my FAVORITE season for fruit. There is just something about those juicy peaches, the deliciously sweet plums and the BERRIES! Oh my – so sweet, poppable and delicious! 

All of these ingredients pair together perfectly. It’s an approachable board with classic ingredients. So let’s get into what you need to make it!

Ingredients You Need: 

  • La Panzanella Croccantini Crackers 
  • Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries 
  • Peaches, Plums 
  • Variety of cured meats (I used Salami, Prosciutto, and Capicola) 
  • Grapes 
  • Variety of cheeses (I used smoked apple gouda, grass fed white cheddar, and sharp cheddar)
  • Cashews 
  • Honey
  • Spinach Dip (if desired) 

Best Board Making Tips: 

Alright, so like I said above, remember that when you are making this Summer Fruit and Cheese Board, that you’re not participating in a contest for most beautiful board. Have fun with it! I think that is my number one and best tip I can give someone who might be making a cheese board for the first time 🙂 

Another tip I have is to start by prepping everything! This includes washing the fruit and then slicing and dicing it the way you want.

For me, I personally love buying cheese in blocks instead of the pre-cut cubes or slices. I think that the cheese is fresher and looks more beautiful when it’s freshly sliced by you! Plus there are so many fun varieties of cheeses you can buy when it’s in block form like that – like this delicious apple smoked gouda! 

side view of the smoked apple gouda cheese and crackers on white marble board

Next, slice up and/or begin preparing the meat. You can fold it, slice it into chunks…whatever your heart desires! 

I love adding little bowls of nuts or any kind of dip as well – it adds another savory element to the board, especially the dip! I whipped up a quick greek yogurt spinach dip and it was loaded with lots of garlic. So yummy! 

Begin by creating your board – and if desired, similar to me, you can make a couple of “mini” boards instead of a huge wooden cheese board. 

One of the main stars of the cheese board just so happens to be the easiest component – the La Panzanella Croccantini! 

hand dipping cracker into spinach dip

Stack the crackers up against freshly sliced cheese, fresh strawberries or the meat. 

Have small plates nearby for your family to easily get a big plateful of each ingredient and ENJOY! 


I focused on Summer stone fruit and berries…but one super fun substitution would be adding in watermelon and cantaloupe! They would add incredible juiciness, crispness and extra sweetness to the board. 

Another yummy addition would be dark chocolate chunks or chips! The bitterness and richness of the chocolate would be SO delicious. You could even melt it to be able to dip some of the fruit in it. YUM. 

overhead shot of styled cheese boards

Another yummy substitution would be a soft cheese – like a baked brie! The creamy and melty cheese would be perfect on this board. 

Storing Leftovers: 

If for some reason you have leftovers after digging into this yummy board, no worries! Simply store the sliced cheese, meats and fruit into three separate tupperware containers in the refrigerator. Snack on them all week for lunches and make fun snack plates like this one: 

small plate of each ingredient from cheeseboard

However you eat this board, whoever you enjoy it with, I hope you love every bite! 

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Summer Fruit and Cheese Board

This Summer Fruit and Cheese Board is the perfect meal to throw together when you want a fun appetizer or an easy weeknight dinner where you don’t have to turn on the oven! Loaded with fresh Summer fruit + tons of cheeses and meats, this board is the BEST! 

Course Appetizer, dinner, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese board, summer fruit
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie


  • 1 package La Panzanella Croccantini Crackers
  • 1/2 a pint of strawberries
  • 1/2 pint of blueberries
  • 1/2 pint of raspberries
  • 1-2 peaches, sliced
  • 1-2 plums, sliced
  • 4 oz salami, sliced
  • 4 oz prosciutto
  • 4 oz capicola
  • variety of 8 oz. block cheeses, I used grass fed cheddar, smoked apple gouda and sharp white cheddar
  • cashews (if desired)
  • spinach dip (if desired)


  1. Begin by washing all of your fruit - slice and dice the way you would like it.

  2. Remove the cheese from the packages and cut at least half into pieces/chunks.

  3. Remove the meat from the packages and fold them or place them how you would like.

  4. Remove the La Panzanella crackers from the package as well.

  5. Grab your favorite serving board, cutting board (or two!) and begin placing the fruit, crackers, meat and cheeses on the board.

  6. Store any leftovers in tight tupperware containers in the fridge and use for another meal!

Recipe Notes

You can use any variety of cheese/meat/fruit that you would like - these are simply suggestions! 

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