This Veggie Christmas Tree is sure to be a show stopper! It is tasty, impressive, and oh so festive.
With a bit of magic, and some time, you can create this Veggie Christmas Tree masterpiece that is sure to wow! Round out your appetizer spread with Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Bacon Wrapped Smokies.
The BEst Holiday Veggie Tray!
The holidays are the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen, especially when you have a house full of kiddos. We’re constantly hosting, volunteering, or attending parties and get togethers where food is the centerpiece.
While I usually shy away from the salads and veggie platters, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this adorable vegetable Christmas tree appetizer. It’s festive, healthy and surprisingly easy to make! Not to mention the fact it makes for a stunning centerpiece, too.
It was also something the kids loved helping me with which allowed for more mom and kid time in the kitchen. Sure, things can get crazy this time of year but the holidays are the best time to get the kids involved and make some fun Christmas memories together!
How to assemble the Vegetable Christmas Tree
Believe it or not, this cute little tree made it fun for the kids to snack on veggies all night long… even with candy and cookies everywhere! Here’s how to make it.
VEGGIES. Begin by rinsing all veggies and chopping up the broccoli, celery and bell peppers.
ASSEMBLE. Wrap the Styrofoam cone with a double layer of plastic wrap. Starting at the base of the cone, insert toothpicks into the cone, then attach vegetables. Place one toothpick on top. Cut a star out of the cheese using a mini cookie cutter or a knife. Carefully place on top.
SERVE. Arrange whatever vegetables or crackers you want at the base of the tree. Serve with the bacon ranch cheese ball or your favorite Marzetti® Veggie Dip.
Variations, Serving + Storing
- Mix cauliflower florets in with the broccoli. You can also make an all white Christmas Tree using only cauliflower.
- Instead of placing the extra vegetables at the base of the tree you can use some of them to decorate the three with.
- Add in your favorite veggies like radishes, cocktail onions, carrots and more.
SERVING TIP: I’ve been to parties where the food looks too pretty to eat and no one wants to be the person to take that first piece. This tree is one of those dishes. When the party starts, break the ice and remove one of the broccoli florets as a sign to guests that they can enjoy the veggie tree as well.
STORE this in different ways depending on what stage you are in.
- Prep: You can get all the veggies prepped up to 48 hours in advance. Keep the different elements in separate Ziplocs on the fridge.
- Assembled: You can assemble the tree a few hours before serving. Wrap the tree with plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge. (Make sure your shelves are high enough to accommodate the tree)
- Leftovers: You can either disassemble the tree and store the different elements in their own storage containers, or keep it as is and wrap it in plastic.
For More Favorite Dips, try:
Veggie Christmas Tree Recipe
- 8-10 inch styrofoam craft cone
- plastic wrap
- 4 heads broccoli med-large heads
- 1 medium carton cherry tomatoes
- 1 slice cheddar cheese ¼ inch thick
- celery, bell peppers, carrots optional
- Rinse all veggies and chop up the broccoli into florets. Cut the celery and slice the bell peppers if you are using them.
- Wrap the styrofoam cone with a double layer of plastic wrap. Starting at the base of the cone insert toothpicks into the cone and attach a row of broccoli. Continue inserting toothpicks adding rows of broccoli and cherry tomatoes until you reach the top of the cone.
- Place one toothpick in the very top of the cone. Cut a star out of the cheese using a mini cookie cutter or a knife. Carefully slide it onto the toothpick on the top.
- Arrange the bell peppers, celery. carrots, other vegetables or crackers that you choose to use around the base of the tree. Serve with the bacon ranch cheese ball or your favorite Marzetti® Veggie Dip. ENJOY!