This Santa Veggie Tray is a cute and healthy appetizer for the holiday season. Full of flavor, this Christmas vegetable tray is decorated as Santa’s face with fresh vegetables and hummus. It’s a perfect appetizer full of cheer for your holiday party.
Need more healthy options for your holiday celebrations? Then this cute Santa Veggie Tray is perfect.
Santa’s face is quite easy to make with veggies and humus dip, which means you have more time to make all your recipes. And it’s just a really a fun way to display veggies
This Christmas vegetable platter makes the cutest centerpiece too! Place it in the middle of your holiday spread to create a festive Christmas table.
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One of these combined with your Santa veggie platter and you’ll have plenty of appetizers for a large gathering.
Why You’ll Love this Santa Veggie Tray
Easy to Make: Simple ingredients such as fresh vegetables, olives and a humus dip are easy to find at your local store.
Variety: Different veggies for everyone to choose from. If you don’t see your favorite veggies on this Santa vegetable tray, you can easily add them around the Santa Claus.
Festive: Get into spirit of the season with this showstopper tray your guests will love.
Kitchen Equipment Needed
- Small Round serving dish (for hummus)
- Charcuterie Board or Large Tray
VEGETABLES: Cauliflower, broccoli, small or baby carrots, tomatoes, red pepper and a few kale leaves. Make sure your cauliflower and broccoli florets are bite size pieces.
FRUIT: White chocolate covered cranberries or raisins.
OLIVES: Both black olives (for Santa’s belt) and green olives.
HUMMUS: A delicious dip for the veggies.
HERBS: Rosemary sprigs to dress up the veggie tray.
How to Make a Santa Veggie Tray
Make the Santa Face: Place hummus on a small plate and smooth out the top with a spreading knife. On top of the hummus, create a smile from a red pepper slice. Make Santa’s eyes from black olives and add a cherry tomato nose.
Santa’s Beard: Make a tapering beard out of cauliflower florets. Start at the top and place cauliflower as wide as you want Santa’s beard and then taper from there.
Santa’s Hat: Form a curved Santa hat with cherry tomatoes. Then create the hat headband and pom-pom with chickpeas in white glaze.
Left Side: Place a food kale leaves on the upper left corner to add more texture to the Santa veggie tray. On top, add broccoli and then green olives down the side of the tray.
Right Side: Add breaded chickpeas down the side and in the upper right corner add more white chickpeas.
Bottom: Add black olives to and in the middle add another red bell pepper strip to look like Santa’s belt.
Extras: Place sprigs of rosemary around the tray for a festive touch.
- Make sure to let all your veggies fully dry before placing on the board. This will keep them crisp throughout your holiday gathering.
- Leave the hummus in it’s original packaging and use the bottom portion instead of spreading it into a small plate or bowl.
- Use baby carrots instead of the orange colored breaded chickpeas.
- You can substitute white chocolate covered raisins for the glazed chickpeas.
- Santa’s face can be made with other types of veggie dips, such as your favorite sour cream dip or a dill dip.
- Replace the outer veggies with different vegetables such as zucchini, cucumber slices, carrots, etc..
How to Store Leftovers
If you have any leftovers, separate the ingredients into sandwich baggies or wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
How to Use Leftovers
Make miniature charcuterie servings on small plates to snack on days after the big event. Or simply serve up your extras with lunch for a healthy side dish.
This Santa Veggie Tray is a healthy snack board for your holiday special occasions. It’s really a fun and magical way to display veggies while spreading holiday cheer to your friends and family.