Ideas for vegetable tray
I have been asked to take a vegetable tray to a bereavement dinner.
It has been ages since I have done a vegetable tray. Does anyone have any fresh ideas? I want this to be really nice.
My resources are very limited: Walmart and a small local supermarket.
Thanks for you advice!
Are you going to include a dip? Here's a link to a thread on favorite dips.
You'll get lots of good ideas here, but just as an aside, make sure all the vegetables are cut small enough that there won't be any double-dipping.
Here's a link to Pinterest for arranging a tray. If you Google "vegetable tray pinterest" you'll get lots of other ideas.
Edit: I like the idea of using hollowed out peppers as the dip containers.
radishes/jicama/mixed olives/cornichons or other brined pickle/sliced peppers
+ a dip in case someone wants more flavor.
Make kimchi sandwiches, using two slices of cucumbers and a small amount of kimchi "sandiwched" in-between.
(And, yes, Walmart has kimchi.)
Sugar snap peas
Roasted with olive oil and S&P:
Lining the tray with a layer of curly kale so its visible at the outer edges is pretty too.
Assuming you mean you have been asked to make a "raw" veggie tray, or to put it in chow terms a "crudite platter", present the expected in a different way. Maybe add a few pickled/brined or roasted items.
First off, do not put the dip in the middle, but put a few bowls of dip around the tray or on the side.
I live in a rural area, so, unfortunately, WalMart is one of my few shopping options. Our local WalMart carries these ingredients.
In the center of the plate mound a mix of small broccoli and cauliflower "flowers" with cherry or grape tomatoes.
Radiating from the center, put piles of:
-Carrots sliced like coins, not sticks
-Sugar snap peas
-Radishes cut in half
-Pepper rings sliced from the multicolored mini sweet peppers sold in bags.
-Celery cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes, rather than sticks, because people just expect celery on a veggie tray.
-Cucumber slices or zucchini slices
-A roasted veggie option or two like green beans or asparagus, or both.
-Pitted olives, like stuffed green and some kind of black olive like kalamata.
For dip, consider color, flavors and texture and serve two or three - one creamy like a ranch or onion, something with spice like a curry dip or hummus, and a roasted red pepper or sun dried tomato dip for color. (I can provide recipes for the dips if you want.)