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Particularly Pretty Party Trays

Great party starter and conversation starter

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 5-100


  • Carrot, celery, yellow squash, cherry tomato, radish, green onion, broccoli, cucumbers, black and green olives, peppers all colors
  • Strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, oranges, pineapple, honeydew, grapes, kiwi, star fruit, raspberries, blueberries


  1. To start vegetable or fruit trays: the key is to choose an array of colors and take your time.
  2. First choose the correct size tray and cover with a base of greens (leaf lettuce, kale or endive). This gives the tray and good base and also serves as a good contrast of color.
  3. When making the fruit tray: take the top of the pineapple and use it as a center point to give height and dimension.
  4. Place a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil. Turn the pineapple upside down and place the green top in the water for about 45 seconds and transfer to a bowl of ice water. This will make the pineapple top bright green (and also help kill any small bugs that may be hiding in there).
  5. Take the time to cut your fruit into bite-size pieces and try to keep them uniform. Be creative and arrange your fruit in any way that looks good to you. The contrast in color and the way you organize the fruit is truly what will make you look like an artist with these trays. You can also take small flowers and use them garnish as an elegant look to finish off the trays.
  7. Use the same technique as the fruit trays (above).
  8. Start by covering the trays with a green base. Take time to wash all the vegetables prior to cutting.
  9. Cut all vegetables before deciding to arrange them on the tray. Layer slices of vegetables neatly, starting with larger ones so they are on the bottom.
  10. Layer carrot sticks and celery sticks in an orderly way so that they have a neat look to them.
  11. When using broccoli, immerse broccoli in boiling water for about 30 seconds and remove and immerse in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. This will also "green" the broccoli so that it looks more vibrant. Take the time to layer the broccoli so that all the crowns are up and all the stems are hidden.
  12. Be creative and use the contrast of colors to make the vegetables pop on the tray.
  13. Garnish with olives, pickles, radishes etc.
  • Author: Superman Cooks
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Party tray

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