Vegan Salami slices on a plate with crackers and cheese

Peppered Vegan Salami Recipe

Our friend Jerry James Stone developed this creative recipe for Peppered Vegan Salami that will amaze you with deep, savory flavor. This piquant snack is the perfect addition to a graze board or vegan/vegetarian cheese board. It’s a recipe that will really wow guests – and it’s easier than you think!

An easy vegan recipe for salami

slices of Vegan Salami on a cutting board

Jerry James Stone uses California Prunes simmered in balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and spices to create a “meaty” mouthfeel in this vegan recipe for salami. Course chopped almonds add texture and bite. To make his Vegan Salami look realistic, he wraps it in a sheet of parchment paper and creates a log shape. The vegan salami needs to sit in the fridge overnight to firm up and allow the flavors to develop.

What to serve with Vegan Salami

Once you’ve created your vegan salami log, use it to create a delicious graze board. Here are some of our favorite additions:

Cheeses (vegan if desired)


Mixed Nuts

Prunes (and other dried fruits)



Sliced Baguette

We like to change things up seasonally – try visiting your local Farmers’ Market for more inspo!

Vegan Salami slices on a grazeboard with olives, crackers and cheeses
Vegan Salami Recipe by Jerry James Stone, photos by James Collier

Peppered Vegan Salami Recipe

Jerry James Stone
Our friend Jerry James Stone developed this creative recipe for Peppered Vegan Salami. This savory snack is the perfect addition to a graze board or vegan/vegetarian cheese board!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 139 kcal


  • 1/2 lb prunes
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dry marsala wine
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp anise seed
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp tomato powder
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds


  • Add prunes, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and marsala wine to a small saucepan.
    ingredients to make Vegan Salami
  • Cook over a medium heat until prunes soften and sauce reduces, becoming jammy and coating the prunes.
    stirring prunes in a pan to make vegan salami
  • Add prunes and spices to food processor and puree until smooth and combined.
    pouring ingredients for Vegan Salami into a food processor
  • Add in the chopped almonds and pulse just to combine.
  • Form mixture into log on parchment paper. Mold into salami log shape by folding one side of the parchment over the log onto the other side of the paper. Bring folded side into and under log, and further shape the peppered vegan salami into a tight cylinder. Twist off ends, like a party favor.
    a log of Vegan Salami
  • Place log in fridge overnight for optimal firmness and flavors to meld.
  • Wrapped logs of Peppered Vegan Salami can keep in the fridge for at least a month. Slice log while wrapped for easy serving.
    a man slicing Vegan Salami on a cutting board



Vegan Salami is the perfect happy hour snack! Create a simple snack board with mixed nuts, veggies, fruits and cheese.
We love this savory take on salami, but did you know that salami can be sweet, too? Try Chef Mica Talmor’s Chocolate Salami!


Calories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 546mgPotassium: 325mgFiber: 4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 260IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cheese board, Jerry James Stone, salami, vegan
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Have you ever tried sweet salami?

a knife slicing into a roll of chocolate salami

Chocolate Salami

This incredibly delicious Chocolate Salami recipe by Chef Mica Talmor of Pomella in Oakland, CA is sure to be a holiday favorite for dessert tables, gift-giving and more! It’s the perfect sweet, salty and crunchy treat.

Add your Vegan Salami to a cheese board!

Jerry James Stone’s Vegan Salami would be a delicious addition to any of the following cheese boards:

The Ultimate Cheese Board with Pink Peppercorn Prune Syrup, Prune Mostarda, cheeses fruit and corn nuts

The Ultimate Cheese Board

Impress your guests with this incredible charcuterie board created by Kat Turner, Chef Partner, Highly Likely Café, Los Angeles. The tangy mostarda, deeply flavored whole prunes, and peppercorn black tea syrup all complement the salty, sweet, earthy, and savory elements on the board.

Fall Charcuterie Board from Belly Full with sweet and salty snacks

Fall Graze Board

There’s something for everyone on this sweet and savory graze board from our friends at Belly Full. Whatever you do, do NOT skip the prune jam. You’ll be dreaming about it for days.

a plate of Charcuterie Salad from Shaw's Simple Swaps

Charcuterie Salad

Your favorite charcuterie all stars are arranged on a bed of lettuce and drizzled with a sumptuous sweet balsamic dressing. We’re not sure whether this creation from Shaws Simple Swaps should count as a salad or a charcuterie board – but it’s definitely the best of both worlds.

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