Let’s face it, everyone likes vegetables when they are accompanied by a delicious dip. The easiest way to get kids to eat more broccoli is to provide them with something to dip it into. Right? If you are a parent you know this tip. And what could be more fun than eating a festive Christmas vegetable platter in a super fun shape?
So, this holiday it is time to take the boring old veggie platter to the next level with a festive Christmas vegetable tray. It is incredibly simple to transform a basic dinner plate into a holiday wreath – packed with vitamins and fibre. My daughter helped me put together this fun Christmas wreath vegetable tray.
Vegetable Christmas Wreath Tray and Easy Vegetable Dip
3 broccoli crowns
a handful of cherry tomatoes
medium yellow pepper
Easy Vegetable Dip Recipe
1/2 cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt
2 tbsp mayonaise
1 tbsp each fresh thyme, dill and parsley
salt and pepper
First of all, start by washing and drying all of the vegetables. Set them aside to totally dry while you make the dip.
Next, it’s time to make the super-easy Christmas wreath dip. In a small bowl mix together the sour cream (or plain greek yogurt) with the mayonnaise, thyme, dill, parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The more time the dip has to sit, the more flavourful it becomes.
Now, let’s make the vegetable wreath. Start by placing the ramekin in the centre of a large dinner plate.
Chop the broccoli down into small “trees”. Arrange the broccoli around the ramekin. This will be the green base of the veggie wreath.
Now, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and place them all around the wreath – these are the Christmas balls.
Next, it’s time to make the bow. Slice two strips of red pepper – cut the “v” into one end of the pepper…simulating the end of the ribbon. For the bow, use a round cookie cutter to cut out the circular centre of the bow. Use the rounded part of the pepper to cut out the “loops” of the ribbon. I freehanded these pieces, they’re based on the size of your centre circle. Place the bow at the bottom of the wreath.
Now, slice the cucumber into thin disks. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to create cucumber stars. Tuck the cucumbers under the broccoli. Creating a lovely festive edge to the wreath.
Finally, we added some stars to the wreath. Use a star cookie cutter again, to cut the yellow pepper into stars that can be placed around the wreath.
Now that the wreath is built, cover the entire wreath with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge, until ready to serve.
When you are ready to serve the Christmas wreath veggie tray, transfer the dip into the ramekin and enjoy.
Christmas Wreath Vegetable Platter
- 3 small broccoli crowns
- handful of cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1/2 medium yellow pepper
- 1/2 cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp mayonaise
- 1 tbsp each fresh thyme dill and parsley
- salt and peppe
- Wash and dry all vegetables.
- Prepare the dip by mixing together sour cream (or plain greek yogurt) with mayonnaise, thyme, dill, parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer the dip to a resealable container and place in fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Now, to make the wreath start by placing the empty ramekin in the centre of a dinner plate.
- Chop the broccoli down to small “trees”. Arrange the broccoli around the ramekin. This is the base of the wreath.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and place around the wreath – these are the Christmas balls.
- To make the bow. Slice two strips of red pepper - cut the "v" into one end of the pepper...simulating the end of the ribbon. For the bow, use a round cookie cutter to cut out the circular centre of the bow. Use the rounded part of the pepper to cut out the "loops" of the ribbon. I freehanded these pieces, they're based on the size of your centre circle. Place the bow at the bottom of the wreath.
- Slice the cucumber into thin disks. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to create cucumber stars. Tuck the cucumber stars under the broccoli, creating a festive edge for the wreath.
- Use the star cookie cutter to cut yellow stars from the yellow pepper and place around the wreath.
- Cover the entire wreath and place in fridge, until ready to serve.
There are so many festive ways to arrange vegetables and cheese for the holiday. With a little preparation and planning the simple vegetable platter be a beautiful addition to the Christmas table. Check out our round up of 10 festive and fun Christmas vegetable platters…including a veggie Santa, trees and much more.
Or, bake up these stunning festive Christmas pinwheel cookies