Perfect cheese plates for summer

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Light and perfect for summer, enjoy a cheese plate at your next party or meal.

Perfect cheese plates for summer

It's summer, which means days at the pool, summer sports and outdoor cocktail parties, but you're still going to have to find time to eat. Whether you're feeding yourself or a crowd at your party, you can always fall back on the not-so-humble cheese plate to satisfy those hunger pangs. There is one trick, though. The summer outdoor cheese plate and the winter-it's-cold-outside cheese plate aren't necessarily the same. That's why these cheese trays are lighter, more refreshing and take advantage of more seasonal produce.

Light and fruity plate

This plate stays away from most heavy meats and keeps things refreshing with several types of fruit.


  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 1 bunch red grapes
  • 1 Honeycrisp or Fuji apple, quartered and cored
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 4 ounces Volpi salami
  • 6 ounces yellow cheddar
  • 6 ounces white cheddar
  • 6 ounces smoked Gouda
  • 6 ounces sheep's milk cheese
  • 12 ounces table water crackers

Exploration of cheddar

This plate features mainly cheddar cheese because it can remain in the heat outdoors while keeping its flavor and quality.


  • 8 ounces strawberries
  • 6 ounces white cheddar
  • 6 ounces yellow cheddar
  • 6 ounces smoked cheddar
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar
  • 6 ounces aged cheddar
  • 6 ounces goat's milk cheese
  • 12 ounces buttery crackers
  • 12 ounces table water crackers
  • 12 ounces vegetable flavored crackers

Cheese and jam plate

A collection of hard cheeses softened by spreadable fruit.


  • 8 ounces seasonal berries
  • 6 ounces Parmesan
  • 6 ounces manchego cheese
  • 6 ounces Asiago
  • 6 ounces aged Gouda
  • 6 ounces prosciutto
  • 4 ounces raspberry jam
  • 4 ounces apricot preserves
  • 4 ounces marionberry preserves
  • 24 ounces table water crackers

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