Christmas Tree Cheese Platter for a Holiday Party (The Butter Half)

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You have to make this Christmas tree cheese platter for a holiday party this year. Whether you’re throwing your own, or bringing something potluck style, this Christmas tree cheese board wins every time, because it is nutritious, festive, and takes just 5 minutes to make.

Broccoli, cheese, nuts, grapes, and berries in shape of Christmas tree

Ingredients needed for a Christmas tree cheese platter

  • Broccoli
  • Grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Snap peas
  • Cheese
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Hummus

Step-by-step instructions to make a Christmas cheese board

Step 1

On a large rectangle serving platter or cutting board, start arranging the base of the tree by lining up the broccoli. Arrange the rest of the veggies, fruits, cheese, and nuts in rows. Make sure each row above is more narrow than the last, to make a Christmas tree shape. Arrange foods in the aesthetic color and order you desire.

Step 2

Add 5-6 almonds at the bottom, arranged in a rectangle to make a tree stem. Arrange 5 strips of the yellow bell pepper to make a star at the top. 

Step 3

Serve with hummus and gluten free crackers. Enjoy!

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Light and healthy appetizer for a crowd

The reason I love serving this Christmas tree cheese platter is because it’s healthy! And easy! And fast to make! The veggies, fruits, and nuts are a welcome option in a sea of sugary cookies and fudge. (Although, you really should try my refined-sugar free hot fudge sauce recipe!) My kids love this snack too!

We use a wonderful app called HuePets, created by HueTrition, to encourage my children to eat their fruits and veggies at every opportunity. My kids scan their real time fruits and veggies in the app, and then it allows them to feed their Huey pet. As he grows, it unlocks coins and access to prizes and rewards, with the ultimate goal of empowering them to eat their fruits and veggies and understanding the importance of nutrition in a fun way. The app is totally FREE for on both the App Store or Google Play, so you should absolutely click here to download and try it out with your kids. It has been a GAME CHANGER at our house in educating and motivating our kids about nutrition!

Health benefits of this cheese board

  • Broccoli and snap peas are a great source of fiber and nutrients.
  • Grapes and raspberries add to the much-needed dose of Vitamin C to help boost immunity
  • Nuts are excellent for getting those healthy fats to support healthy cell growth.
  • Hummus is ALWAYS my go-to dip for a cheese platter. Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein at 3 grams per 1 oz serving. You must make my Instant Pot hummus! It’s suuuuper creamy and smooth, and you will never make homemade hummus any other way. Click here to get the recipe.

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Helpful tips for arranging your Christmas tree cheese platter

  • The key to making a beautiful and colorful presentation is making sure you have a good mix of colors. Since we want to keep it looking festive and Christmas-like, greens and reds are essential. I opt for broccoli, grapes, and snap peas for that vibrant color and varying flavors. However, any other green veggie you like.
  • For the reds, I like raspberries, and cherry tomatoes are also a great option. And you can’t forget the nuts and cheeses!
  • In terms of forming the Christmas tree, always start at the base. It’s also important to consider the textures and balance of color. Feel free to experiment and play with the arrangement!

Other Christmas party appetizers for a crowd you should try

I am a big fan of appetizers. I would make an excellent Spaniard because the idea of tapas everyday sounds like a good time. Obviously, I love to put together a sweet spread whenever we have parties. Here are some of my favorites I’ve made:

Basically, I have you covered for your Christmas party appetizers! 

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Christmas Tree Cheese Platter

This Christmas tree cheese platter is the a simple and healthy appetizer for a holiday party. Use fruits, veggies, cheeses, and nuts for maximum flavor.Course Appetizer Cuisine American Keyword cheese platter, christmas tree cheese platter, cheese board, healthy appetizer, party appetizer Prep Time 10 minutes Total Time 10 minutes Servings6 people Calories 511 kcal AuthorAbbey Rodriguez

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw broccoli chopped
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell peppers sliced
  • 1 package crackers gluten-free
  • 1 cup hummus

Instructions

  1. On a large rectangle serving platter or cutting board, start arranging the base of the tree by lining up the broccoli. Arrange the rest of the veggies, fruits, cheese, and nuts in rows. Make sure each row above is more narrow than the last, to make a Christmas tree shape. Arrange foods in the aesthetic color and order you desire.
  2. Add 5-6 almonds at the bottom, arranged in a rectangle to make a tree stem. Arrange 5 strips of the yellow bell pepper to make a star at the top. 
  3. Serve with hummus and gluten free crackers. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • The key to making a beautiful and colorful presentation is making sure you have a good mix of colors. Since we want to keep it looking festive and Christmas-like, greens and reds are essential. I opt for broccoli, grapes, and snap peas for that vibrant color and varying flavors. However, any other green veggie you like.
  • For the reds, I like raspberries, and cherry tomatoes are also a great option. And you can’t forget the nuts and cheeses!
  • In terms of forming the Christmas tree, always start at the base. It’s also important to consider the textures and balance of color. Feel free to experiment and play with the arrangement!

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