The Convenience of Charcuterie: the Ultimate Trader Joe’s 101 Shopping List

With the upcoming release of the COAST Collection Grazing Boards, I notice my focus has shifted toward what makes me happiest: simple, beautiful moments at home.  Simplicity is a major factor for me, and I realize the convenience of being close to home makes those cherished moments even better. We can all agree that decorating a grazing board with a delicious smattering of snacks and goodies is a delightfully rewarding way to relax after a long day working.

Are you intimidated by the art of choosing the perfect combination of salty and sweet foods? Don’t worry, I’ve got you!  Here is the full experience: Charcuterie Board 101, a la Trader Joe’s style!

Not only did I name some of my personal Trader Joe's faves, but I also asked my Instagram followers for their must-haves, and boy did you all answer! Trader Joe’s has some amazing goodies that I didn't even know about until now! Here's your direct access to the best of the best:


  • Bite Size Everything Crackers

  • Cauliflower Thins for the Gluten-Free crowd; think pita bread… but not

  • Everything but the Gluten Crackers

  • Fig & Olive Crisps -- I dream of these

  • Parmesan Crisps

  • Pita Bite Crackers -- Multigrain & With Sea Salt

  • Raisin Rosemary Crisps

Dips & Spreads

  • Artichoke & Jalapeño Dip

  • Bruschetta Dip -- perfect with the Parmesan Crisps

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Chocolate Hummus -- you heard it here first!

  • Everything but the Bagel Dip -- they got SO much love

  • Fig Jam or Fig Butter

  • Pepper Jelly -- I didn’t know this was a thing, but boy am I glad it is, especially w cream cheese on a cracker…. Just, trust me.

  • Roasted Garlic Hummus

  • Romesco Dip

  • Three Layer Hummus

  • Vegan Ranch Dip


  • Blueberry Vanilla Chèvre Goat Cheese -- you all went crazy for this!

  • Dutch Red Wax Gouda

  • Marin French Cheese - Petite Breakfast Fresh Brie -- perfect size for date night

  • Toscano Cheese with Black Pepper

  • Truffle Brie

  • Unexpected Cheddar got a special shoutout, though I can’t even count how many of you screamed CHEESE at me in your IG story response!


  • Columbus Dry Salami in stick form… salami form? You know what I mean.

  • Columbus Peppered Salami pre-sliced… yes Columbus is on here twice for a reason. Pic for reference cuz Columbus is just that good.

  • Smoked Sockeye Salmon -- TRUST ME… this with some mustard on crackers. OMG!

  • Honestly, you can’t go wrong here…

Nuts, Olives, and Garnishes

  • Candied Pecans

  • Dates -- cut them up or leave them whole, just watch for pits!

  • Dried Apricots -- an easy fruit option to balance cheese or dips

  • Dried Pitted Tart Montmorency Cherries

  • Grapes -- simple, plentiful, and the ‘Champagne’ variety are tiny & super cute on a board

  • Just a Handful: Pitted Kalamata & Manzanilla Olives - perfect little travel packets for a no-mess travel experience when you assemble your board outside your home

  • Marcona Almonds: Truffle or with Rosemary

  • Marinated Artichoke Hearts

  • Marinated Olive Duo -- these have pits but are super tasty

  • Sweet & Spicy Pecans


  • Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread

  • Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese & Carmelized Onions -- you spoke, I tried, and now I BELIEVE!

  • Pastry Pups -- yes I’m addicted to these little hotdogs in a blanket…

  • Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets -- one for you, two for me….

  • Tarte au Brie et aux Tomates -- French for “thin crust pizza with brie and tomatoes” but universal for “delicious”

  • Taste d’Alsace French Style Flatbread w/ Ham, Carmelized Onions, & Gruyere Cheese


  • Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones: Chocolate, Vanilla & Chocolate Chip

  • Joe-Joe’s… ALL the options: Vanilla, Chocolate, Gluten Free, Neapolitan, & Slim

  • Lacey’s Cookies - Dark Chocolate Almond or Macadamia

  • Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds

  • Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes

  • New York Cheesecake with fresh blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries

  • Sublime (um yes) Ice Cream Sandwiches. Def a top 5 favorite of mine to whip out on girl's wine night.


  • Sparking Italian Blood Orange Soda

  • Sparkling Lemonade

  • Sparkling Strawberry Juice

  • Sparkling Watermelon Juice

  • Clearly we have a theme of bubbles...

Did I forget to mention any of your favorite Trader Joe's favorites? Comment below & share to be added to the "master list"!

Mikayla Gierut


Mikayla Gierut


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