Santa Claus Vegetable Tray

The Holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and friends, but I also look forward to delicious holiday recipes. This Santa Claus Vegetable Tray with Smokey Veggie Dip is one that I literally crave all year long. 

Santa Claus Vegetable Tray

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Laura, if you really crave it all year long why don’t you just make it whenever you want?” I like routine and I like to be festive. I look forward to having it during the colder months of the year, especially during Christmas. I mean, seriously, how can you not have a Santa Claus vegetable around Christmas, right?! Especially while we study Christmas Around The World!

What I also love about this vegetable tray is that it’s adorable enough that my kids are interested in it. Before I know it, they’re snacking on vegetables rather than unhealthy options. If you think this Santa Claus veggie tray is cute, you should check out my Skeleton veggie tray. It’s another festive recipe that I can enjoy and be healthy at the same time!

 

Before we dive into any more details on this yummy recipe, check out some of these other great holiday recipes:

 

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It’s so much fun to be festive when cooking. These are just a few of my recipes we enjoy creating during the holidays and special occasions. They’re always the rave of the party! Side note: do you love St Nicholas Day? We do here and love so much bringing in traditions like this Santa Claus Veggie Tray to bring some fun into the day. 

Santa Claus Vegetable Tray

How long do veggie trays last?

This is a great question. A common misconception is veggies trays must be eaten that day. However, if stored properly in the fridge, they can actually last for up to 4 days. 

The key is to keep them covered and cold. If you can do that, you’ll have a good chance of getting several days out of this healthy snack. 

What vegetables last longest in the fridge?

While there are a lot of vegetables that you can add to your veggie tray, there are a few that will last longer in the fridge than others. Onions and potatoes tend to last a long time in the fridge, but actually, they aren’t part of this delicious veggie tray recipe. Don’t fret though, the peppers and cauliflowers that are a part of this recipe should last several days without issue. 

 

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Can the vegetables be cut up ahead of time?

They can. And if you’re anything like me, meal prepping is a must. Not only do cutting up vegetables help save time and sanity, but they make it that much more simple to allow others to jump in and help.

If you can have your family members cut up some of the peppers or prep the other vegetables by washing them and getting them ready, there’s a good chance that the entire process of creating this Santa Claus veggie tray will go very smoothly and quickly. 

 

Should you wash vegetables before storing them?

Many people think that washing the vegetables right away is a good idea, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Instead of washing the vegetables, just place them in the fridge to stay cool.

If you do wash them, it can actually speed up the ripening process and cause them to over-ripen or spoil before you’re ready to use them. All you need to do is simply store them in the fridge or vegetable cooler area and wash them right before you’re getting ready to use them.

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What vegetables should not be refrigerated? 

Even though it was mentioned above to store your vegetables in the fridge, this doesn’t actually apply for all types of vegetables. Believe it or not, certain vegetables should not be refrigerated. Specifically for this recipe, you don’t need to keep the cherry tomatoes in the fridge.

You can instead keep them out on the counter or in a paper bag to use for later. Putting them in the fridge will actually cause them to soften or ripen quicker than you want. 

Should vegetables be kept in plastic bags?

This is more of a hazard and an Earth-friendly question, but it’s important to talk about it. Storing your vegetables in plastic bags can actually cause some of the chemicals from the plastic bags to get on your food. Who wants that?

Instead, why not store your vegetables in BPA-free containers that you can wash and reuse over and over again? That way you know that you’re storing them as safely as possible and you’re also doing your part to be a good steward of the environment. 

Now that I’ve answered the common questions about veggie tray prepping and storage, it’s time to get excited about this delicious recipe! Are you excited about this Santa Claus Vegetable Tray With Smokey Veggie Dip?

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Santa Veggies Tray with Smoky Veggie Dip

Serves – 6 to 8

Ingredients

Santa Claus Vegetable Tray

For Santa’s Hat

  • 2 Red Bell Peppers, cut into stripes
  • 1 large head of Cauliflower separated into small florets
  • 2 dry pints of Grape Tomatoes
  • 2 slices of Black Olives

For the Smoky Veggie Dip

Instruction

Combine the ingredients for the dip in a large bowl.

Santa Claus Vegetable Tray

Next whisk till smooth. Then you can taste and adjust the salt if needed. Make sure to refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Santa Claus Vegetable Tray

Slice the red bell pepper into strips. Chop the cauliflower into small florets. Take four florets and chop them into tiny pieces to make Santa’s eyebrows and mustache. Leave a large floret intact to make the pom-pom for Santa’s hat.

Santa Claus Vegetable Tray

To Serve

Place the dip in a white bowl.  Place two olives slices for eyes. Cut a cherry tomato in half and place under the eyes in the middle of the bowl for the nose. Place a curved red bell pepper slice for the smile. Arrange the tiny cauliflower florets around the ‘eyes’ and ‘nose’ to make the ‘eyebrows’ and the ‘mustache’.

Place the dip bowl ion the top half of the tray.

Next, arrange cauliflower florets on the tray along the top of the bowl making the rim to Santa’s hat.

Place the bell pepper strips after the cauliflower layer to create Santa’s hat. Place the large cauliflower floret at the end for the pom-pom.

Arrange the remaining cauliflower florets near the bottom end of the bowl in a reverse triangle shape to make Santa’s beard.

Fill the rest of the tray around Santa’s beard with grape tomatoes for Santa’s shirt. 

Serve and enjoy!

Santa Claus Vegetable Tray

Now that you know it’s entirely possible to line up your holiday seasons with fun and healthy foods, it’s time to get started on making this delicious veggie tray! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

What part of this Santa Claus Vegetable Tray With Smokey Veggie Dip are you looking forward to eating the most?

 

For Complete Instructions don’t Forget to Print Out The Full Recipe For Later!

 

Yield: 8 Servings

Santa Claus Vegetable Tray With Smokey Veggie Dip

Santa Claus Vegetable Tray With Smokey Veggie Dip

Ingredients

For Santa’s Hat

  • 2 Red Bell Peppers, cut into stripes
  • 1 large head of Cauliflower separated in to small florets
  • 2 dry pints of Grape Tomatoes
  • 2 slices of Black Olives

For the Smoky Veggie Dip

  • ½ cup of Sour Cream
  • ¼ cup of Mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Dried Parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic and onion powder, dried parsley and oregano, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. 
    2. Whisk till smooth. Taste and adjust the salt, if needed. Refrigerate till serving 
    3. Slice the red bell pepper into stripes. Chop the cauliflower into small florets. Take four florets and chop them into tiny pieces, to make Santa’s eyebrows, and mustache. Leave a large floret intact to make the pom-pom for Santa’s hat.


To Serve

  1. Place the smoky veggie dip in a white bowl.  Place two olives slices for eyes. Cut a cherry tomato in half and place under the eyes, in the middle of the bowl, for the nose. Place a curved red bell pepper slice for the smile. Arrange the tiny cauliflower florets around the ‘eyes’ and nose to make the ‘eyebrows’ and the ‘mustache’.
  2. Place the dip bowl in the top half of a rectangular platter or tray.
  3. Arrange the cauliflower florets on the tray, along the top of the bowl, to make the rim of Santa’s hat.
  4. Arrange bell pepper strips after the cauliflower layer to create Santa’s hat. Place the large cauliflower floret at the end for the pom-pom.
  5. Now start arranging the remaining cauliflower florets near the bottom end of the bowl in a reverse triangle shape to make Santa’s beard.
  6. Fill the rest of the tray, around Santa’s beard, with grape tomatoes for Santa’s shirt. 
  7. Serve immediately!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

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