veggie platter christmas

The Christmas Vegetable Platter is the ultimate festive treat that brings joy, color, and health to your holiday celebrations.

Its stunning arrangement, resembling Santa Claus, makes it a centerpiece on your serving tray, enhancing the festive decor.

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Christmas is just around the corner, and if you are looking for a beautiful visual treat to excite your kids, this is the one! This platter invites everyone to indulge in the wholesome goodness of veggies while celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

Plus, the Santa shape and vibrant colors make this platter a show-stopper at any holiday gathering, bringing everyone closer.

In a season often dominated by rich and heavy foods, this platter offers a refreshing and healthy alternative that doesn’t compromise on the celebratory spirit.

Packed with a variety of fresh vegetables, rich hummus, and crunchy chickpeas, it’s a creative and tasty way to present everyday ingredients.

Every bite is a reminder of the season’s delights. Impress your guests with this creative vegetable lodge—it’s not just a dish, it’s a conversation starter! 

Christmas Vegetable Platter – Why You’ll Love This Recipe

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  • Assembling this platter can be a joyful activity for the whole family, turning meal prep into a festive event.
  • Packed with green vegetables like kale and broccoli, it’s a super-healthy choice for kids and adults alike.
  • This veggie tray can double as an appetizer or a side dish, making it perfect for everything from a casual holiday party to a formal Christmas dinner.
  • Easily portable for potluck events and holiday appetizers, just assemble and go!
  • Feel free to try using different veggies like snap peas, baby carrots, or cucumber slices to add your twist.

Ingredients For Vegetable Tray

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  • 4-5 leaves Kale
  • 4-5 sprigs Rosemary
  • 1 cup Red bell pepper
  • 1 cup Black olives
  • 1 cup Stuffed green olives
  • 1 1/2 cups Cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup Broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup Hummus
  • 1 cup Orange breaded chickpeas (if you can’t find it, just use sliced carrot rings or you can make some candid pecans)
  • 1 cup Roasted chickpeas in white glaze or any nuts in white glaze
  • 1 cup Grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes

How To Assemble

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1.   Place hummus on a small plate, form a smile by slicing a piece of the red pepper, and add eyes by slicing two strips of black olives and making the nose from a cherry tomato.

2.   Using cauliflower forest to make Santa’s beard and white-glazed chickpeas for the headband of the hat and the tip.

3.   Place halved cherry tomatoes as the cap and place broccoli florets, kale leaves, and stuffed green olives on the side.

4.   Add breaded chickpeas, olives, and rosemary sprigs as garnish. Serve!

Tips, Variations, and Substitutions

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  • Vegan Cheese: Incorporate vegan cheese slices to add creaminess without compromising the vegan aspect. 
  • Pretzels: Include stick pretzels for an added crunch and as part of a decorative garland around the platter.
  • Dill or Parsley: Garnish with fresh herbs like dill or parsley for an aromatic touch and to enhance the festive look.
  • Gingerbread Flavor: For a holiday twist, include some gingerbread-flavored vegan items like gingerbread-spiced nuts or crisps.
  • Delicious Dips: Serve with a variety of dips— veggie dips, vegan cream cheese, or even a vegan cheddar spread—to enhance the flavors.
  • Make Ahead: Prepare your Santa veggie tray ahead of time and cover it with plastic wrap to keep it fresh, especially if bringing it to a holiday party or potluck.

Pairing Suggestions for Christmas Veggie Tray

🎊 Beverages:

  • Non-Alcoholic: Pair with sparkling apple cider or a festive cranberry spritz. These drinks complement the freshness of the vegetable tray and add a celebratory feel without alcohol.
  • Festive Drinks: A light white wine or a Christmas-themed cocktail can pair beautifully. The crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc, for instance, can enhance the flavors of the green giant veggies.

🎊 Main Courses:

  • Vegetarian Options: For a vegetarian feast, pair it with Caprese salad or a hearty quinoa and roasted vegetable dish
  • Kids’ Favorites: Serve alongside fun, kid-friendly dishes like vegan mini sliders or Olaf-shaped sandwiches to delight super-healthy kids who love cooking and festive foods.

🎊 Snacks:

  • Casual Nibbles: For a more relaxed setting, pair the platter with an assortment of vegan cheeses, crackers, and olives. This combination allows guests to nibble and enjoy a variety of flavors.

How to Store the Christmas Vegetable Platter

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Proper storage of your Christmas Vegetable Platter is key to maintaining its freshness and appeal for your festive gathering:

  1. Immediate Covering: As soon as you’ve finished assembling the platter, cover it with plastic wrap. This step is crucial to prevent the vegetables from drying out or absorbing any odors from the refrigerator.
  2. Refrigeration: Store the covered platter in the fridge. The cold temperature will help keep the veggies crisp and fresh.
  3. Serving Again: If you’re planning to serve the platter at a later time, take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving. This allows the vegetables to come to a slightly cooler temperature, which can enhance their flavor.
  4. Duration of Storage: Ideally, consume the platter within 24-48 hours. Beyond this, the vegetables may start to lose their texture and vibrant appearance.

By following these simple storage steps, you can ensure that your Christmas Vegetable Platter remains a visually stunning and tasty addition to your holiday celebration.

Cultural Variations for the Christmas Vegetable Platter

The traditional Christmas tree veggie tray can be transformed into a global culinary journey by incorporating vegetables and dips from different cultures.

This brings an international twist to the Christmas tree vegetable platter, making it not only a festive delight but also a celebration of diversity.

  • Mediterranean Flavors: Use hummus or baba ganoush as dips, and add olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and roasted red peppers for a Mediterranean take. Shape them into a Christmas wreath or tree shape for that festive touch.
  • Asian Influence: Incorporate a peanut sauce-based dip or spicy gochujang mayo. Add elements like blanched edamame, pickled daikon radishes, and baby bok choy to create an ornament-styled veggie tray.
  • Latin American Twist: Salsa and guacamole can serve as dips. Use sliced avocados, jicama, and colored bell peppers for a vibrant, festive Christmas presentation.
  • Scandinavian Style: For a Nordic touch, add pickled vegetables like beets and radishes. Serve with a dill-infused vegan sour cream dip.

These cultural variations not only enhance the flavors but also make the platter a super simple yet elegant tree platter. Remember to plastic wrap and keep your creation fresh if preparing ahead of time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I Prepare the Christmas Vegetable Platter Ahead of Time? 

Absolutely! Make the platter ahead of time and cover it with plastic wrap to keep it fresh. It’s perfect for busy holiday schedules.

2. How Can I Make the Platter More Festive?

Get creative with shapes, like a Christmas tree, wreath, or Santa Claus. Use red bell pepper strips, yellow bell peppers, and sugar snap peas to add festive colors.

3. What Are Some Vegan Dip Ideas for the Platter?

Serve with a variety of vegan dips, such as hummus, vegan ranch, or a vegan cream cheese spread.

4. How Can I Involve Kids in Making This Platter?

Kids love to nibble and arrange. Let them help with placing veggies or creating shapes. It’s a fun way to introduce them to super-healthy eating.

5. Can I Add Fruits to the Platter?

Sure! Adding fruits like grape halves can enhance the sweetness and visual appeal, making it a perfect addition to any holiday spread.

6. Is This Platter Suitable for a Large Gathering?

Yes, this platter is ideal for large gatherings. It’s a delicious recipe that can serve as a centerpiece and caters to a variety of dietary preferences.

veggie platter christmas

Christmas Santa vegetable platter

Celebrate your holidays with our Christmas Santa Vegetable Platter! A merry medley of colorful, fresh veggies creatively shaped like Santa Claus. This eye-catching centerpiece brings festive charm and healthy indulgence to your celebrations. Ho, ho, wholesome!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 339kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

  • 5 pc kale leaves
  • 5 sprig rosemary
  • 1 cup red bell pepper
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 1 cup stuffed green olives
  • ¾ cup hummus
  • 1 cup orange breaded chickpeas (Note1)
  • 1 cup white glazed chickpeas
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  • 1. Place hummus on a small plate, form a smile by slicing a piece of the red pepper, and add eyes by slicing two strips of black olives and making the nose from a cherry tomato.
  • 2. Using cauliflower forest to make Santa’s beard and white-glazed chickpeas for the headband of the hat and the tip.
  • 3. Place halved cherry tomatoes as the cap and place broccoli florets, kale leaves, and stuffed green olives on the side.
  • 4. Add breaded chickpeas, olives, and rosemary sprigs as garnish. Serve!

Notes

(Note1) If you can’t find it, just use sliced carrot rings or you can make some candid pecans

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 843mg | Potassium: 675mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1358IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 4mg

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