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cheese platter topped with fresh herbs on a silver tray

Marinated Cheese Tray-Cheddar, Monterey Jack, & Cream Cheese Platter

This delicious marinated cheese tray makes a beautiful appetizer, perfect for entertaining. This cheese platter combines cheddar, cream cheese, and Monterey Jack cheese and is marinated in fresh herbs. 
Course Appetizer, Low Carb
Cuisine American, Southern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 189kcal


  • 8 oz Block Cheddar
  • 8 oz Block Cream Cheese
  • 8 oz Block Monterey Jack Cheese or Pepper Jack Cheese
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • ½ cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 ounces Jar Pimento drained
  • 3 tablespoon Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 3 tablespoon Fresh Green Onion chopped
  • 3 Garlic Clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Basil chopped
  • Salt And Pepper


  • Cut 8 oz block cheddar, 8 oz block Monterey Jack cheese, and 8 oz cream cheese in half lengthwise. Then cut each half into ¼ in thick square slices. Cream Cheese is a slightly different shape. Compare the other cheeses to cream cheese to get a correct cutting size. You want all the cheese slices to be the same size and shape.
  • Arrange cheese slices alternately on a shallow serving dish standing each slice on its edge.
  • Mix together ½ cup olive oil, ½ cup white wine vinegar, 2 oz drained pimento, 3 tbs chopped fresh parsley, 3 tbs chopped fresh green onion, 3 minced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon basil, and salt and pepper to taste in in a jar. Shake well. Pour marinade over cheese.
  • Cover and chill 6 to 8 hours to marinate then serve.



Note: It is important to use fresh herbs, not dry herbs in this recipe.
Note: Don't panic if the cheese shapes are not perfectly the same. Just do your best to come close. When the marinade is poured on top, it hides the imperfections.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 0.4mg