How to Build a Cheese Plate for Two

Appetizers, DIY, Vegetarian

I feel like this week is my week of giving you practical thangs to eat (see: Monday and Wednesday)!

And now…this!

I love gawking at those crazy cheese boards all over Instagram but realistically most of us won’t make one of those. Or maybe we will but it’ll be for a big party or around the holidays when we have twenty people over.

But sometimes I want to eat a cheese plate for dinner but it’s just Josh and me. Or maybe it’s just for a girlfriend/dude friend and me. Or just me and my mom.

I could eat appetizers for dinner and do all the time (especially when Josh is working late or out with his friends and I’m on my own).

Seriously, me wanting to eat an appetizer for dinner is Josh’s worst nightmare. Nothing makes him give me a gigantic eyeroll more than when I tell him, “I’m not really that hungry, I kinda just wanna snack.” NO. He is a meal person. I understand. Most of the time I am too but sometimes I just wanna eat this!

For him, this type of situation constitutes as pre-gaming.

Regardless, I figured I’d share how I build a cheese plate perfect for two:

Ok, so the main objective when I go to the store for something like this is to NOT spend a million dollars.

1. Two cheeses. I like to pick two cheeses that are complementary but opposites. One soft cheese and one hard cheese.

For this plate, I went with a an awesome Irish cheddar (for an affordable/delicious option, I love Kerry Gold cheddar—so good!).

The one soft cheese is from Boursin (it’s another affordable/delicious option). But you could also do brie, goat cheese, camembert. (If you’re feeling baller-istic, I love Epoisses.)

2. Nuts. You only need really one kinda nut snack situation. My favorite are macrona almonds. They’re Spanish and fancy and delicious. The bulk-bin is perfect for the right amount of nuts.

3. Carbs. You need a vehicle for that cheese. On this particular day I had grissini/breadsticks so I included those. But these rosemary salted crackers were also a great option. I think one cracker and one bread item is good.

4. Something pickled. Or sweet. Or both. I went pickled on this particular day so that meant corichons, olives and sweet drop peppers (they’re SO GOOD!). The olive bar at a grocery store is your best bet because you can buy exactly the amount that you want/need.

Some sweet options would be dried apricot, honey, dried cranberries, fresh fruit (apricots, pears, etc.) and/or jams.

That’s it!

Oh and wine! Or beer. Or iced tea.

Happy Friday!


How to Build a Cheese Plate for Two

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


Two cheeses:

  • 1 soft cheese, like Boursin, brie, camembert, goat cheese, tallegio
  • 1 hard cheese, cheddar, manchego


  • 1 type of nuts like marcona almonds, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios)


  • 2 types of carbs, sliced bread, crackers, grissini

Something pickled. Or sweet. Or both:

  • Cornichons, olives, sweet drop peppers OR
  • Jams, honey, dried fruit, fresh fruit


  • Put it on a pretty cutting board or you can do it like I did: take a piece of parchment, label your favorite cheese plate items and place them right next to the labels.
Nutrition Facts
How to Build a Cheese Plate for Two
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply nicole April 21, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Okay, I LOVE this post!! I always find it so challenging to make the cheese platter look full, but not overspend on 6 different cheeses. I always think it looks too sparse and end up throwing strange things on there just to fill the space. I like the idea of smaller quantities of different textures and food items. Simple but stellar for this lovely Friday! Thanks as always for posting!

  • Reply Belinda April 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    This is a regular Friday night dinner for me only it doesn’t get plated so well. When I do have guests, I use a smallish chunky bamboo cutting board and pile it high. It looks weighty even though I haven’t really spent too much on stuff to go on it.

    A recent fave to add it a hot option. Warmed goats cheese (just so it’s soft) topped with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of dukkah.

  • Reply The Editors Notebook April 23, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Adorable, and great tips, another great choice is a shropshire which pairs perfectly with port!

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  • Reply json validator April 26, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    This is so delicious! I wan to try it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply steve Bryant April 27, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Talk about eating appetizers for dinners. My wife and I do this frequently. We joke that the easiest way to determine the caliber of a restaurant is a quick glance at the appetizer menu. Is it sliders, potato halves and spinach dip or beets, goat cheese, emulsions and satay? We’ve actually opened the menu, took a look then sneaked out.

    The best cheese board I ever had was on Oceania cruise (incredible cuisine). It has four rare cheeses with very unusual sides.

  • Reply wings io October 23, 2017 at 2:59 am

    I ate it at the restaurant and enjoyed it. I tried many times but failed. Today saw your guide I learned a lot and drawn many useful things. I believe this time I will succeed. Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Evelyn November 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    LOVE these suggestions! Want to do a cheese plate for two Thanksgiving. THANK YOU!

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  • Reply Dheeraj Singh May 9, 2019 at 3:28 am

    5 stars
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  • Reply Veronica May 31, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I have girlfriends who like to have a glass of wine and some snacks…We search in the cupboards and fridge for whatever we have and make up a small tray…It usually includes grapes, cheese, nuts, crackers or crostini, even toast in a pinch, olives, whatever fruit we have and whatever protein we might have…I have used slices or chunks of roast chicken breast, and one friend had small slices of roasted pork tenderloin…Strawberries, blueberries and cherries are beautiful…Crispy lettuce leaves to wrap something or stripe with salad dressing…I also usually have some hummus and or fig jam…Just a small platter for two…I even made one for me this week…

  • Reply Gershelda September 27, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you so much!!! I have been searching for just this…meat and cheese platter for two…with no luck. I just couldn’t imagine taking 4 types of meat and cheese, boxes of crackers and loaves of bread on a picnic for two.
    Again, thank you.