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Crudite Platter Wreath

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For the Christmas holiday, this crudite platter wreath offers guests a festive healthy beautiful platter filled with vegetables and a homemade ranch dip!

  • Author: Yumna Jawad
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Crudite Platter Wreath

It’s the holidays! And it’s the “forget all about your diet” days! Am I right?! To balance out all the festive meals, baked goods and treats at our events, I love contributing a crudite platter to a party spread. And so I change it up depending on the season, and on the occasion to make it unique, fun and fit for a crowd. The Christmas edition of my crudite platter is the wreath edition. How cute is this?

Festiva crudite platter wreath for Christmas made with kale, green beans, broccoli, snap peas, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes

Crudite definition

But first what exactly is crudite? Crudite is a french word that means raw vegetables. They can be served whole or cut into edibles pieces and served on a platter with some sort of dip, or even a couple dips. It’s like a fancy vegetable tray that’s wonderful for parties all year round. You can customize it depending on what vegetables you have on hand, what’s in season at your local grocery store, and what your guests like.

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What I love about this crudite platter idea for the holidays is that there’s really not a lot of effort involved in whipping it up. And the result is a colorful, healthy and beautiful party platter that is so fun to munch on.

What vegetables to use for crudite platter

  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli and broccolini too
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Carrots (the heirloom baby carrots with stems and a variety of colors are ideal!)
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers (Persian cucumbers work great)
  • Fennel
  • Green beans
  • Jicama
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes (watermelon radishes kick it up a notch)
  • Snow peas
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Tomatoes (look for colorful cherry tomatoes)
  • Zucchini (look for the mini ones if possible)

What is a crudite platter usually served with?

Typically a crudite platter is only raw vegetables and a selection of one, two or three dips. I’ve also seen some with fruits and nuts added, although it’s not as common. To select a dip that works well, it’s best to refer to the vegetables you’re using. I think a classic ranch dip works well with everything, and that’s what I did for my Christmas crudite platter.

Two other really popular dips are hummus and baba ghanoush. You can also go with guacamole. Other popular choices include aioli, olive tapenade, tzatziki sauce or any type of salad dressing you like. For example green goddess or caesar dressing.  I’ve included below a simple ranch dip that works really well with the green vegetables I selected for my crudite platter.

Bowl of ingredients to make ranch dip for crudite platter

How to assemble a crudite platter

Assembling the platter will depend on the occasion. A spring crudite will look different than this holiday wreath one we have going on. Whatever the occasion, it’s important to select a large serving tray, wooden board or platter to fit all the vegetables and dip(s). Crudite platter are usually pretty large and their appeal is the bounty and freshness of the vegetables.

For this Christmas crudite, I started out a cheap large green plastic plate because I wanted the vegetables to cover the plate entirely. Just make sure to start with something circular. Then you’ll want to add some leafy greens like kale, arugula or romaine lettuce. Kale is mostly in season now and doesn’t wilt as easily, so I opted for kale. And then you’ll carefully pile on the veggies in groups so it’s easy to decipher the selection of vegetables on the platter.

Collage showing crudite assembly: Kale and green beans

After adding the kale and green beans, I added broccoli and sugar snap peas.

Collage showing crudite assembly: Kale, green beans, broccoli, snap peas

Finally I added some sliced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes for some red flair.

Collage showing crudite assembly: Kale, green beans, broccoli, snap peas, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes

And then I carefully pour the mixed up ranch dip into the little dip bowl and sprinkled on some fresh chives. It’s ready to go! I usually store it in the fridge until party time to keep the vegetables crisp and fresh.

Tips for delicious crudite platter

  • Purchase the vegetables on the day you plan to assemble the crudite platter, or the day before at the earliest. This way it guarantees that you have the freshest vegetables that will stay crisp for the party.
  • Boost the color of the vegetables by blanching them. This isn’t necessary for all vegetables, but it works great for vegetables like broccoli, green beans and asparagus. By blanching them, you’re simply going to place the vegetable in boiling water for a couple minutes and then shock it in an ice water bath immediately after. This preserves the deep bright green color of the vegetables and makes them easier to chew.
  • Cut larger vegetables into one-or-two bite pieces. Traditionally the vegetables are cut into sticks or rounds whenever possible. This makes them more appetizing and easier to grab and eat. Perfect finger food for a party!
Festiva crudite platter wreath for Christmas made with kale, green beans, broccoli, snap peas, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes

I love this healthy party appetizer, especially for the holiday season when we’re surrounded by so many other indulgent foods and treats. Transform a boring veggie tray into this festive crudite platter shaped like a wreath! Serve it with my homemade ranch dip for a fuss-free party food that everyone will love!

If you make this healthy-ish feel good Crudite Platter Wreath recipe, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!

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Festiva crudite platter wreath for Christmas made with kale, green beans, broccoli, snap peas, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes
Crudite Platter Wreath
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

For the Christmas holiday, this crudite platter wreath offers guests a festive healthy beautiful platter filled with vegetables and a homemade ranch dip!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, Holidays, party, party platter, Vegetarian, wreath
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 43 kcal
Ingredients
Crudité
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup green beans trimmed
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas strings removed
  • ½ bunch curly kale leaves
  • 1 English cucumber sliced
  • Handful cherry tomatoes
  • Rosemary sprigs
Ranch Dip
  • 1 ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Water for thinning as necessary
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh chives for garnish
Instructions
  1. To prepare crudité: Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, and set a large bowl of ice water next to the pot. Add the broccoli to the water and cook until bright green but still firm, about 2 minutes. Use a colander to drain the broccoli, then quickly transfer to the ice bath to chill. Drain again and pat dry with a paper towel. Repeat this method for green beans and sugar snap peas, if desired.
  2. To prepare dip: Whisk together the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, dill, salt, pepper and chives in a medium bowl. Transfer to a serving bowl; set in the center of a large circular platter to be used for creating the wreath
  3. To arrange the wreath: Start with the kale leaves all around the outside edges of the bowl. Add the broccoli, green beans, sugar snap peas, cucumber and celery in any arranged you like. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and rosemary sprigs.
  4. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. The vegetables will last up to 7-10 days. The ranch dip will last 5-7 days. You can also repurpose the vegetables for stir frys, soups or salads.

Make Ahead Tips: You can make the ranch dip up to 2 days in advance. I would advise not preparing the vegetables until the day you plan to serve the platter.

Substitutes: You can use any vegetables you'd like for the platter. For best results, follow the recipe for the ranch dip as is. However you can play around with the measurements for the spices as you see fit. You can also substitute the apple cider vinegar for red wine vinegar, white vinegar or lemon juice. 

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used. This nutrition label assumes that there are 12 servings for this crudite platter

Nutrition Facts
Crudite Platter Wreath
Amount Per Serving
Calories 43
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Potassium 171mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 7.8%
Vitamin C 40.9%
Calcium 6%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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