Looking to offer more veggies and healthy options at your next party? This Crudité wreath is an excellent way to entice guests to snack on healthier ingredients compared to offering fried foods, chips, or something higher in fat. I made this fun appetizer during the holidays and would definitely make it again! I had so much fun shopping for all of the fresh ingredients.
Although this particular post is styled in more of a holiday theme, it can definitely be served in any setting, during any season! I was so happy to find all of these fresh ingredients in season during the winter.
Ingredients (serves 10-15)
FOR THE CRUDITE:
8 cups broccoli florets
3 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed
2 cups green beans, trimmed
1 cup sugar snap peas, strings removed
Cream cheese (8 oz.)
½ bunch curly kale, washed
2 cups cauliflower florets
9 cherry tomatoes
FOR THE DIP:
1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese, optional
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried
4 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
- To prepare crudité: Put a large pot of water on to boil. Set a large bowl of ice water by the stove. Blanch broccoli for 1 to 2 minutes in the boiling water. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the broccoli to the ice bath to chill. Drain well. Blanch Brussels sprouts, green beans and snap peas in the same way.
- To prepare dip: Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, cream cheese, shallot, dill, vinegar, garlic powder, sugar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Transfer to a serving bowl; set it in the center of a large circular platter or decorative serving board.
- Arrange kale around the bowl, with the frilly edges on the outside. Top with the broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans, snap peas and cauliflower. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and serve. Enjoy!