Vegetable and Dip Christmas tree, a simple Holiday Appetizer

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If you’re the one who takes veggies and dip to the party this Vegetable and Dip Christmas Tree is for you. The simple broccoli triangle has a broccoli stem tree trunk and all the vegetables lay on top of the dip. That means it travels well and I guarantee it will brighten up any holiday table. Everyone loves to look at this platter!

When you want people to dig in you’ll need to tell them the dip is on the bottom. 

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Vegetable Dip – Homemade vs Store Bought

I like to make homemade as often as I can. Store bought dip is convenient but it always has an ingredient list. That’s why I have a collection of simple recipes for salad dressings, sauces and dips. In this recipe the sour cream gives this dip a nice tang and the mayonnaise balances it out. Vary the herbs to your liking.

Of course you can use any dip but for me this one is just part of the recipe.

Open New Every Time

Holiday entertaining may be the most challenging time for people on a restricted diet. If you need more strategies join online groups and you’ll find people sharing their experiences. There are as many ideas as there are people so adopt them for yourself.

Open New Every Time is one of my strategies. In my cooking classes and in my writing I often refer to this strategy and I practice it myself. This means I open a new jar of mayo and a new container of sour cream when I’m cooking for others. I’ll use up what’s left in my everyday cooking.

We all know cross contact is much more than just opening new containers. Over time people do learn and every little bit helps so share your ideas everywhere you go.

You never know who might be listening.

Get The Tools – Vegetable and Dip Christmas Tree

All you need for this recipe is a large round glass platter, square or even rectangular. I use an unbreakable holiday one if I’m taking my tray out of the house.

‘Tis the season to enjoy the high fat, high calorie, sugar laden dishes but don’t forget the veggies. There’s always room for a Vegetable and Dip Christmas Tree on any holiday table.

Originally posted December 2015, updated December 2021.


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Ingredients

DIP
1 cup sour cream
½ cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
1 Tbsp finely chopped green onion
1 tsp dried dill weed
1 tsp salt
VEGETABLES
broccoli stem
broccoli florets
cauliflower florets
cherry tomatoes

Directions

1
Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into florets.
2
Create a tree stump by cutting a piece of the broccoli stem. Cut in half horizontally.
3
Combine all dip ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined.
4
Spread dip over the entire tray.
5
Place the broccoli tree stump at the bottom of the tray.
6
Using broccoli florets create the bottom of the tree. Place a piece at the top then fill in the sides to create the shape of a tree. Fill in the middle to finish.
7
Using cauliflower florets fill in around the tree to the edges of the tray.
8
Decorate the tree with whole or halved cherry tomatoes.
9
Cover with plastic wrap if not serving right away.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • DIP
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped green onion
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • VEGETABLES
  • broccoli stem
  • broccoli florets
  • cauliflower florets
  • cherry tomatoes
  1. Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into florets.
  2. Create a tree stump by cutting a piece of the broccoli stem. Cut in half horizontally.
  3. Combine all dip ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined.
  4. Spread dip over the entire tray.
  5. Place the broccoli tree stump at the bottom of the tray.
  6. Using broccoli florets create the bottom of the tree. Place a piece at the top then fill in the sides to create the shape of a tree. Fill in the middle to finish.
  7. Using cauliflower florets fill in around the tree to the edges of the tray.
  8. Decorate the tree with whole or halved cherry tomatoes.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap if not serving right away.