Charcuterie Tree

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This Charcuterie Tree turns a basic charcuterie board into a fun and festive Christmas design. Made with assorted fruits, meats, and cheeses this is an easy charcuterie board for beginners and makes a wonderful appetizer for your holiday party.

Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board with crackers on the side.

Easy Charcuterie Tree

If you feel intimidated by the idea of assembling a classic charcuterie board, this charcuterie tree is a wonderful option. It’s super easy to assembling in a basic triangle shape. Pretzels create a tree trunk while rosemary acts as branches and a star made from cheese adds the final touch.

For more Christmas charcuterie board ideas, try my classic charcuterie board, Christmas charcuterie board, and hot chocolate charcuterie board recipes too.

Why You’ll Love This Christmas Charcuterie Tree

  • Perfect for beginners. If you’ve never made a charcuterie board before, this charcuterie tree is a wonderful place to start. It’s hard to mess up assembling a triangle!
  • Great for holiday parties. Charcuterie boards in general are always a hit at any holiday party and this charcuterie tree adds an extra festive touch.
  • Easy to prep in advance. Since there are no soft cheeses or easily perishable ingredients, you can easily prepare this charcuterie tree a night in advance. Just keep it covered tightly in the fridge.

Key Ingredients

Here’s an overview of what you’ll need for your charcuterie tree. See the recipe card below for measurements.

  • Cheese: You will need a variety of cheeses including cheddar, pepper jack, Colby jack, and fresh mozzarella. Havarti, Swiss, Monterey Jack, and Gouda also work well.
  • Veggies: Cherry tomatoes, black olives, and green olives add pops of color to the charcuterie tree. Be sure to pit the olives first.
  • Meat: I used pepperoni and salami but you can add other kinds of meats as well.
  • Fruit: Use green or purple seedless grapes to add a sweet variety of flavors to the board.
  • Pretzels: Pretzels help fill in the extra spaces and add some saltiness to the charcuterie board.
  • Equipment: Large Rectangular Platter

Other Ingredient Ideas

The sky is the limit when it comes to charcuterie ingredients. In addition to those listed above, here are some ideas of things to include:

  • Jellies and jams
  • Nuts
  • Raisins or cranberries
  • Prosciutto, ham, and other cured meats
  • Crackers
  • Berries
  • Fresh herbs
  • Pomegranate, pineapple, and other fruits
  • Pickles

How To Make A Charcuterie Tree

Here’s an overview of how to make a charcuterie tree. Scroll down to the recipe card for more detailed instructions.

  • Make the trunk. Place pretzels on vertically near the bottom of the platter to form the trunk of the tree. Add rosemary horizontally to form the base of the tree.
  • Add the remaining rows. Begin arranging the ingredients in shorter rows to form a triangle shape, alternating colors. I recommending placing the mozzarella balls with the salami so they prop it up. Add rosemary through to make more tree branches.
  • Add the star topper. Cut a star shape from a slice of cheese and place on top of the tree.
The tomato and mozzarella ball on a toothpick.

Proper Storage

  • Make ahead. You can prepare your charcuterie tree a day in advance and keep it tightly covered with plastic in the fridge. Any sauces or jams should be added just before serving.
  • Store. You can cover any leftovers with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 days or transfer ingredients to plastic ziplocs or return to their original containers. Many of the ingredients used will last for several days.
Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board on a wooden board.

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Charcuterie Tree

This Charcuterie Tree turns a basic charcuterie board into a fun and festive Christmas design. Made with assorted fruits, meats, and cheeses this is an easy charcuterie board for beginners and makes a wonderful appetizer for your holiday party.
Servings: 10 people
Prep: 20 minutes
Assemble Time: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes


  • Rosemary Fresh
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese cubed
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese cubed
  • 8 oz Colby cheese cubed
  • 8 oz mozzarella balls fresh
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup black olives cured and pitted
  • 1 cup green olives cured and pitted
  • 4 oz pepperoni sliced
  • 4 oz salami sliced
  • 1 ½ cups seedless grapes green and/or purple
  • ½ cup grapes green/purple
  • 1 slice Colby Jack cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup pretzel sticks


  • Use a large rectangular platter or wooden cutting board.
  • Place your pretzels vertically at the bottom of the platter/board to create the trunk of the tree.
  • Then lay a row of fresh rosemary horizontally across the bottom of the board to establish the base of your tree.
  • After that, just begin placing your ingredients in thin, shorter rows to create a triangle.
  • Make sure as you are assembling your tree to plan it out using a mix of colors!
  • Continue by laying the pepperoni slices
  • Then add a mixture of the pepper jack and Colby cheeses
  • Next, a row of black olives
  • Then a row of green grapes.
  • Next, lay another row of rosemary to create branches throughout the tree.
  • Then, add your salami and mozzarella balls. This is important because you want to fold your salmi in half and use the mozzarella balls to prop the slices up.
  • Add another row of rosemary, then place your cheddar cheese and green olives.
  • Continue adding rows of rosemary throughout the assembly to create the look of tree branches.
  • Lastly, add your tomatoes and red grapes
  • Use a star-shaped cookie cutter (or a paring knife) to cut out a star from a slice of Colby cheese
  • Place the star on top and add little springs of rosemary throughout and you’re all set!
  • Serve with club crackers, pretzels, or bread chips!

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