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!
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 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.
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Green Beans
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Red and Green Bell Peppers
- Rosemary, Sage and Mint
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.
Easy Garlic Dip – This is made with sour cream and it’s very flavorful!
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:
- Onion dip
- Olive tapenade
- Vinaigrette dressing
- Honey mustard dip
- Spinach artichoke dip
- Cheese dip
- Pimiento cheese
All of the above will be so delicious, you’ll find your platter empty fast!
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.
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.
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:
- Green beans
Some vegetables you don’t want to blanch include:
- Other veggies with high water content
If you try blanching those vegetables, they’ll end up a soggy mess!
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.
More Holiday Ideas You’ll Love
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Holiday Crudité Wreath
- 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
- Wash and prepare the vegetables.
- 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.
- 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.