When entertaining guests in the summer, there’s nothing better (or easier) than grabbing your biggest cutting board and filling it with cheese, meats, bread, crackers, summer fruits, and more! Today, I’m going to show you how I set up my Ultimate Summer Cheese Board and share the recipes for two homemade mustard-based sauces I created for dipping.

How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

This post is sponsored by French’s Classic Yellow Mustard. As always, all opinions are my own.

Although it’s felt like summer for a while now, it was only last week when the season officially began. The June start date always feels a little late to me, but maybe that just means the season will last a little longer. A guy can hope!

This summer I’ve teamed up with French’s to tell you about unique ways I serve up their Classic Yellow Mustard. Of course, it’s great on hamburgers and hot dogs, but you can use it for so much more. Last week, I made these incredible Pulled Pork Sliders with Sweet Mustard Marinade. This week’s recipe is my Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with two delectable mustard dipping sauces.

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How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

Before we get to the mustard recipes, let’s talk about the cheese board. Although I’m certain you’ve seen many “rules” for doing cheese boards, my process is a bit simpler: Fill it with things you love.

Yep. That’s it.

I have a few tips and suggestions I’ll share here, but at the end of the day, it’s all about building up a big board of flavorful things you and your guests want to eat. Do it your way to create something unique that no one can resist.

How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

For something truly wow-worthy, I recommend starting with an oversized wood cutting board. Next, add a couple different levels to create visual interest and height. This will make your cheese board feel grand. (I accomplished this with a marble cheese board and a cake stand.)

How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

Now you’re ready to fill up your board. To make things easier, start with your larger feature items like the cheese and meat and build from there.

Also, instead of spreading things out evenly across the whole board, I recommend placing like items together. This simply means putting all of one type of cheese in one area, one type of meat in another area, and so on. You can be orderly or just pile things on more naturally.

How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

When selecting cheese, I like to include both fancy kinds of cheese and well-known ones. Unless everyone at your party is a cheese connoisseur, it’s nice to mix things up to suit everyone’s taste.

With the main things in place, I filled in with different breads, pita, crackers, and pretzels. I also tucked in a few piles of nuts and small dishes of olives and Peppadew peppers. Mmm!

Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

Since it’s summer, I added seasonal color and flavor with fresh strawberries, raspberries, and grapes. It’s looking beautiful already, right? Give me a bottle of wine, and I could make a meal out of this for a week.

Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

To finish off this cheese board, I decided to make two dipping sauces using French’s Classic Yellow Mustard as a base.

The first is Maple Mustard, and boy is it easy. Just whisk together equal parts French’s Classic Yellow Mustard and pure maple syrup. (And by pure maple syrup, I do mean the good stuff. It makes a big difference.)

Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

That’s it. The smooth, tangy mustard blends beautifully with the sweet syrup. And it pairs so nicely with the cheese.

Secondly, I decided to make a mustard dip with a nod to the season: Summer Berry Mustard. This one is simple as well. All you do is whisk together French’s Classic Yellow, strawberry jam, raspberry jam, honey, and mustard seeds.

Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

Again, the tanginess of the mustard nicely complements the sweetness of the jam. I also love the mustard seeds in this recipe. They add visual interest and a subtle crunch.

Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

With those two additions, my Ultimate Summer Cheese Board was ready. To see how all of it came together, check out the short video below.

VIDEO: Ultimate Summer Cheese Board

Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

I hope you’re planning to assemble your own big summer cheese platter. Remember to just have fun with it and use what you love. I’m confident you and your guests will enjoy it!

Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

 

Mustard Dips for Cheese Board
  |   Prep Time: 5 mins
Maple Mustard - How to Set and Style The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces
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Two easy and delicious recipes for mustard dipping sauces including Maple Mustard and Summer Berry Mustard.
Ingredients
Maple Mustard
  • 1 cup French's Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
Summer Berry Mustard
  • 1 cup French's Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients to a bowl. Whisk to combine.
  2. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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Comments

  • cathy claus at

    fabulous! love this! making one of the mustards tonight! where is the bread board from? so versatile! enjoying all of the new house posts too! keep on!

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication at

    This looks amazing!! Love the tip about layering the cake stand and other cheese board on the large board. It definitely makes it look grander!

  • Elle at

    What a board! You’ve inspired me to make my own using some of our favorites. Thanks!

  • Melissa Newell at

    looks amazing and I do this kind of set up all the time…something for everyone! my only ISSUE is that my cheese gets “yucky” fast especially when outside…i try to use ice sheets under but the look of it gets all messed up.. 8( Happy Summer!

  • Reenie at

    Yum!!

  • Cathy Van Duyne at

    Michael,
    Everything looks scrumptious. Great presentation! I may have to do this for our next party.

  • Pat at

    That looks delicious, I love a great cheese, meat ,fruit selection and that raspberry mustard sounds yummy. Perfect meal for steamy hot summer evenings.
    Pat

  • Miranda at

    This is such a brilliant idea! Thank you so much for sharing! I absolutely can’t wait to try these dipping sauces. Would it be okay if I used dijon mustard instead, or do you think it’d throw off the flavor profile?

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