Here are my tips for making a veggie platter more scrumptious:
- Select vegetables by color and arrange in color blocks, balancing each shade with another veggie of a similar hue on the opposite part of the platter.
- Use a large white platter, the colors will pop.
- Have at least two different kinds of dips. I find that one kind of hummus and one cream based dip generally satiate most any audience from your kooky vegan friend to your meat-lovin' uncle. Trader Joe's Mediterranean hummus and their Parmesan artichoke dip are the crowd pleasers among my group of friends.
- Select at least one "fancier" vegetable. I generally boil a bunch of asparagus in water for two minutes (or even less if they're thin). Then immediately drop into ice water. Allow the veggies to cool in the fridge. These add a bit more elegance to the platter. French string beans are a nice alternative if asparagus is not in season.
- If kids will be at the party, load up on carrots. Carrots always run out first.
- If you are hosting the gathering, replenish your platter! Nothing looks less appetizing than one limp asparagus adjacent to the red pepper that no one else wanted.
- Stack something round in the center--- cherry tomatoes are a delightful space filler.