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California Dreaming Cheese Board

This California Dreaming Cheese Board from the Platters and Boards Cookbook with tons of fresh Cali-based goods is perfect for your next beach day or party!

Course Not So Normal, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Author Shelly Westerhausen


Board Components

  • 12 Miniature Cali Skewers
  • 6 oz Humboldt Fog cheese or another iconic California cheese
  • 6 oz hard or crumbled cheese from California
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 8 oz assorted brine-cured olives
  • 1 1/2 cups whole raw almonds
  • 8 oz crackers
  • 8 slices multigrain bread, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 cup California-grown grapes
  • 12 fresh figs

Miniature Cali Skewers

  • 4 slices multigrain bread, cut into 6 pieces each, toasted
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, flesh cut into 12 cubes
  • 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 12 slices Colby or Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 4 squares


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil



  1. To make the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, buttermilk, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. While whisking, slowly pour in the olive oil and whisk until emulsified. Transfer to a small serving bowl, cover, and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Miniature Cali Skewers

  1. To make the skewers, thread a piece of bread onto a wooden skewer, followed by a cherry tomato, avocado cube, sprouts, a folded cheese slice, and another piece of bread. Repeat with the rest of the bread, tomatoes, avocado, sprouts, and cheese to make 12 skewers. 

  2. Serve alongside the buttermilk dressing with a small spoon so guests can scoop the dressing over their skewer before enjoying. Store leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

California Dreaming Board

  1. Add the skewers and their dressing to one side of the serving board. Put the Humboldt Fog cheese on a small serving dish and add to the board. Place the other cheese on the opposite side of the board. Transfer the honey and olives to small dishes and place on the board with serving spoons. Fill in the remaining space with almonds, crackers, bread, grapes, and figs. 

  2. EAT UP.