Crudite Wreath – Easy Holiday Appetizer

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This crudité wreath is an easy holiday appetizer! Not only does it look beautiful and festive, but it’s super simple to assemble and a perfect light appetizer for a Christmas party.

Crudité is a platter that is filled with fresh vegetables and served with a few dips. It’s a light and healthy appetizer and it’s an especially nice alternative at Christmas gatherings which are usually filled with dessert platters and holiday food!

These would be super cute to make if you’re hosting a wreath-making party and great for Christmas brunch too! Serve it with a seasonal fruit platter for a festive meal.

holiday crudite wreath

Crudité Wreath – An Easy Holiday Appetizer

To make this holiday appetizer, you’ll need plenty of fresh vegetables, a large round serving platter or board, and a small bowl for the dip.

vegetables for an easy holiday appetizer

Vegetables to Consider

You can use any fresh, seasonal vegetables to make this holiday appetizer. Here are some suggestions that are perfect for dipping! They’re also green, red and a little pink for a festive holiday feel.

  • Broccoli
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Celery
  • Radish
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Red and Green Bell Peppers
  • Rosemary, Sage and Mint
holiday crudite platter with dip

Dips to Go With a Crudités Platter

Don’t find the idea of eating raw vegetables that appealing? Not to worry.

When making a platter, you can also make or buy some dips to go with the veggies. Here are some recipes:

Garlic Cilantro Dipping Sauce – The light green color of this sauce is beautiful for Christmas.

Pink Beet Hummus Dip – The bright pink color is vibrant and beautiful!

The Best Blue Cheese Dip with just 3 Ingredients

Yogurt Tahini Dip – One of our favorite dips ever!

Here are more ideas for store-bought dips you can also include:

  • Hummus
  • Ranch
  • Onion dip
  • Olive tapenade
  • Vinaigrette dressing
  • Honey mustard dip
  • Spinach artichoke dip
  • Cheese dip
  • Pimiento cheese
  • Guacamole

All of the above will be so delicious, you’ll find your platter empty fast!

making a holiday appetizer with vegetables

How to Assemble a Wreath Crudité Platter

Once the vegetables are washed, sliced, and cleaned up you can start putting the wreath together!

Place the small dip bowl in the bottom corner of the round platter.

Start by outlining the round platter with vegetables like broccoli and bell peppers.

vegetables on a platter for a holiday appetizer

Continue layering the vegetables over each other. Layer in celery, cucumbers, peppers, etc.

Leave the center of the platter clear and continue with a round, wreath shape.

Once the vegetables are on the platter, add in herbs to make it look full like a wreath.

Garnish with edible flowers and berries.

edible flowers on a vegetable platter

How to Blanch Vegetables for Crudités

While most veggies can be served raw for a vegetable platter, some might need to be blanched to be softer on the palate. This might be an extra step in your prep work, but not to worry, as it’s very easy!

All you need to do is boil your vegetables for up to 3 minutes. Then quickly transfer them to an ice bath so it stops the cooking process. Once they’re cooked down, you can then drain the vegetables.

Some veggies you might want to blanch include:

  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Broccolini

Some vegetables you don’t want to blanch include:

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Other veggies with high water content

If you try blanching those vegetables, they’ll end up a soggy mess!

vegetable wreath

Can I Prepare a Crudité Platter Ahead of Time?

The good news is, yes! You can store the veggies in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Then, on the day, you can arrange the vegetables on the platter a few hours ahead of serving.

You can also arrange everything on the platter and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. It can then go in the refrigerator as well.

holiday vegetable platter

More Holiday Ideas You’ll Love

Christmas Appetizer Platter for Kids

Thanksgiving Appetizer and Cheese Platter

Christmas Punch Recipe – Serve this platter with our Christmas punch or one of these festive cocktails for a holiday party!

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holiday crudite wreath

Holiday Crudité Wreath

This crudité wreath is an easy holiday appetizer! Not only does it look beautiful and festive, but it’s super simple to assemble and a perfect light appetizer for a Christmas party. 
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 423kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 15 Broccoli , sliced
  • 15 Sugar Snap Peas
  • 2 Cucumbers, sliced
  • 20 Green Beans
  • 4 Celery, sliced
  • 3 Radish, sliced
  • 15 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced
  • 2 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
  • Herbs

Instructions

  • Wash and prepare the vegetables.
    making a holiday appetizer with vegetables
  • Place the small dip bowl in the bottom corner of the round platter.
    holiday crudite platter with dip
  • Start by outlining the round platter with vegetables like broccoli and bell peppers. 
    vegetables on a platter for a holiday appetizer
  • Continue layering the vegetables over each other. Layer in celery, cucumbers, peppers, etc. 
    holiday crudite wreath
  • Leave the center of the platter clear and continue with a round, wreath shape. 
  • Once the vegetables are on the platter, add in herbs to make it look full like a wreath. 
  • Garnish with edible flowers and berries. 

Notes

Use these amounts as a guide to making a holiday wreath appetizer. Add any fresh, seasonal vegetables you like! There is no exact recipe for this, have fun with it!

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 3951mg | Fiber: 32g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 8504IU | Vitamin C: 1080mg | Calcium: 568mg | Iron: 9mg
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