There’s nothing quite like a festive appetizer to kickstart a meal, and that’s exactly what you’re going to get with this themed Christmas Tree Cucumber Carrot Crudite. It’s such a great finger food to serve, and it’s healthy–perfect for thise ultra-rich dips and dressings you probably have lined up!
What is a Crudite?
A crudite is a French appetizer of raw, crisp vegetables like celery, carrots and peppers served on a plate with dips and dressings.
How to Make a Christmas Tree Cucumber Carrot Crudite
Don’t worry because even beginners can do this! Here’s how to make the perfect crudite:
- Slice the rounds. From the thicker end of the carrot, cut 8 ¼ inch thick rounds.
- Cut the stars. Using a mini star cookie cutter, cut the star from each round of carrot.
- Divide. Divide the remaining piece of carrot into 8 pieces and set aside.
- Peel ribbons. Use a vegetable peeler to carefully slice the cucumber lengthwise into long, thin ribbons.
- Secure. Thread onto a toothpick in the shape of a Christmas tree and secure on the carrot pieces.
- Decorate. Top with carrot stars and serve.
How Long Will Christmas Tree Cucumber Carrot Crudites Last?
Crudites in general are best enjoyed freshly sliced and prepared.
Sliced carrots will last for about 3-5 days in the fridge. If you’re looking to keep your carrots fresh for longer, you can store them in a ziploc with some water in the fridge.
Sliced cucumbers, on the other hand, will not last as long. Sliced cucumbers will last for 1-3 days in the fridge before their texture becomes too soft for dipping.
Other Vegetables to Use
The fun doesn’t stop here. You can just as easily swap out carrots and cucumbers for other vegetables. Here are some other options:
- Asparagus Spears
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green beans
- Kalamata olives
(You may also like: Christmas Deviled Eggs)
Christmas Tree Cucumber Carrot Crudite
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 large carrot, peeled
- From the thicker end of carrot, cut 8 ¼ inch thick rounds.
- Using a mini star cookie cutter, cut the star from the each round of carrot.
- Divide the remaining piece of carrot into 8 pieces and set aside.
- Use a vegetable peeler to carefully slice the cucumber lengthways into long, thin ribbons.
- Thread onto toothpick in the shape of Christmas tree and secure on the carrot pieces.
- Top with carrot stars and serve.