It’s easy to be tempted by endless appetizers at holiday parties. This veggie platter is not only a nutritious choice, but it is easy to prepare and always a huge hit. A flavorful homemade hummus is topped with a variety of vegetables artfully arranged to look like a Christmas tree. This appetizer is so delightful it is sure to take center stage at your next gathering.
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 large head broccoli, cut into florets (reserving stem)
1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup grape tomatoes
Garnish: slice of starfruit or a yellow bell pepper cut into a star shape
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade attachment, combine the garlic, chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, cumin, and salt. Process until completely smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Spread the hummus evenly over a large, rectangular serving platter. Lightly press the broccoli florets into the hummus in the shape of a Christmas tree. Use the reserved broccoli stem to make the tree trunk. Use the cauliflower florets to fill in the blank stapes on the platter, completely covering the hummus. Garnish the broccoli tree with grape tomatoes and top with a slice of starfruit. (If starfruit is unavailable, cut a yellow bell pepper into the shape of a star.)
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the hummus for up to 5 days before preparing the veggie platter for a party.
Calories: 140 kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 5g| Sugar: 2g
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