Vegetable trays are very popular at family parties, graduation parties, anniversary parties, baby showers, weddings, tailgates and basically any big party. A vegetable platter can be simple with a couple vegetables and dip or it can have a variety of vegetables cut in a fancy manner with multiple types of dip.
I love when vegetable trays are available because I can get my kids to eat plain vegetables that they may not want to eat in other cooked dishes. Vegetables trays are also great to offer as a snack while people are just arriving. That way we can all get some fiber and healthy food eaten before filling up on other items.
Here are some tips that we used to make these vegetable trays for a 50th anniversary party:
-Thoroughly wash all vegetables
-Wash original containers when applicable and return clean vegetables back to their package to save baggies.
-The type of tray or platter doesn’t really matter if you plan to garnish with lettuce
-For an upscale tray place a layer of bibb lettuce on the tray before adding vegetables
-Vegetable dip can be mixed up or purchased. Ranch dressing can be used for a simple vegetable dip.
-Radishes can be cut in half in a zig zag pattern to make cute edible garnishes for the tray
-The bottom of bell peppers can be cut off to look like a flower, another easy edible garnish
-If space is tight on the food tables, simply use a smaller serving tray and refill more often
-If a large crowd is expected layer vegetable trays by height to add eye appeal
-Display height can be added by putting empty cardboard boxes underneath the tablecloth
Be sure to keep food safety in mind. If dips need refrigerated, don’t leave them out for more than two hours without ice.
Vegetable trays or vegetable platters are great for potlucks, cookouts or parties of any kind. Here are some tips and ideas to make a simple or a fancy vegetable tray.
- Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Sugar Snap Peas
Clean vegetables and cut or slice into desired sizes.