This Christmas Wreath Vegetable Platter is an easy appetizer made with broccoli and other raw vegetables in the shape of a holiday wreath. Your guests will love this festive veggie tray!
Are you looking for an easy and healthy holiday appetizer? We make this veggie tray in the shape of a Christmas wreath every year.
It's like the popular Christmas tree appetizer, only easier!
It's a super easy raw vegetable appetizer. And, it's nice to have fresh veggies to nibble on along with our favorite Christmas treats!
You only need a few simple ingredients for this beautiful crudite platter. You can find them in your local store:
- Broccoli heads
- Cauliflower florets
- Small red bell pepper
- Grape tomatoes
How to Make a Christmas Vegetable Tray
The first step to making a Christmas wreath veggie platter is to wash your vegetables. Once you've washed them, pat everything dry.
Next, it's time to cut the raw veggies. Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into small, bite-sized florets.
Slice the bell peppers into an equal number of strips, to serve as the ribbons of the wreath's bow.
To make the center of the bow, cut part of the bottom of the pepper, so that you have one wider, triangle-like shape.
Once you've cut the vegetables that need to be cut, start arranging the veggies into a wreath. For the base, you can use a platter or a cheese board--just use something round to help shape the wreath.
In the center of the platter, place a small bowl, for the dip. Arrange the broccoli florets all the way around the dip bowl, in a fairly even layer.
Then, add the cauliflower and grape tomatoes on top of the broccoli. You could use these to border the broccoli base, or add them more sporadically to look like wreath ornaments.
Make sure to leave some of the space at the bottom of the platter with only broccoli, because that's where the bow will be.
To do this, arrange the bell pepper strips into a bow shape, with the long strips as ribbons and the shorter triangle shape as the bow center.
When the veggie wreath is arranged to your liking, all that's left to do is add your favorite dip!
I usually use homemade ranch dressing, because a simple dip goes with any type of veggies you use on the platter.
Fresh vegetables, delicious dips, bright colors and a cute design--this super easy, festive veggie wreath is the perfect appetizer for your next party!
Of course, it's easy to vary this veggie tray recipe by simply using different vegetables. The type of vegetables isn't too important--we're just looking for at least red and green vegetables to make the veggie tray look like a wreath.
In addition to broccoli, green beans, snap peas, lettuce leaves, English cucumbers, and green onions will work great.
For the wreath ornaments, selecting colorful veggies is a good idea. Red grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes add a lovely pop of color. Rainbow carrots and bright orange baby carrots do as well.
You can also use whatever delicious dips you'd like. I usually have a ranch dip in the center bowl of the platter, with a variety of dips also available in individual cups.
Creamy dips are a good choice for vegetables, as they won't break under the weight like chips might. You can serve a veggie dip, savory dips, or even a salad dressing--it's just up to personal preference!
How to Store
Cut vegetables and arrange the platter right before you intend to serve it, so that the fresh veggies stay cool and crisp when they're out at room temperature.
This beautiful crudités platter can also be prepped a day ahead. Cut up the veggies you will use in advance, and store them in the refrigerator.
To keep freshness, store them with a damp paper towel. Assemble the wreath right before serving.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container or sealed bag. They'll keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
Christmas Wreath Vegetable Platter
- 3 heads broccoli
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 1 small red bell pepper
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- Wash the vegetables, and pat dry
- Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into bite size florets
- Cut the bell pepper into strips
- Place a small bowl in the center of small round platter. Arrange the broccoli around the bowl, and place cauliflower and grape tomatoes evenly on broccoli
- Arrange pepper strips on bottom of wreath in the shape of a bow
- Fill bowl with dip before serving
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
Post first published in 2015 and updated in 2021
The festive design and vibrant color of this veggie plate make it a great appetizer for the holiday season!
t's perfect for everyone, even your vegetarian and vegan friends!I hope you enjoy this super easy, yet gorgeous spread as much as we do!
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