Christmas Tree Edible Centerpiece

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

I used a mix of cauliflower from the gardenia mix, broccoli and boccoflower for a contrast of color. I quickly blanched the broccoli and broccoflower heads very quickly (just seconds) in salted boiling water and the chilled to brighten the color!You'll need Styrofoam cone and toothpicks. I also used a platter that has a center with with a dip basin which is not really needed.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 lettuce leaves (optional)
  • 8 cups broccoli, & broccoflower heads blanched
  • 1 cup petite carrot
  • 4 -8 cups mixed vegetables, grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, mixed olives, Giardiniera (mixed pickled vegetables)
  • 1 slice carrot (cut in a star with a cookie cutter)


  1. Place foam on platter.
  2. Using toothpicks secure lettuce on foam just to cover.
  3. Starting with the largest broccoli and broccoflower heads place on foam starting at the base and work your way up securing with toothpicks.
  4. Push 1/2 the carrots randomly into the foam.
  5. Take the rest of the veggies cut into small pieces and fill in the empty spots and brighten up the tree. Using toothpicks only IF needed.
  6. Mix the remaining carrots with the juice from the carrots, remaining vegetables with the juice from the gardenia mix and place around the base of the tree.
  7. Top with the star.
  8. Serve with a dip of choice.
Most Helpful

This was a great hit at my christmas party, I got so many compliments on it! Thanks for the excellent idea! One suggestions is to for sure use the lettuce leaves , I was trying to save time and didn't use them but ended up regretting it because the foam could show through even in small cracks and it could take hours filling in all the little holes.

cookin_nurse December 19, 2009

Brilliant idea! My apartment immediately lightened up by having this edible Christmas tree. It's so festive! I am going to make it during holidays for sure! Thank you for posting!!!

SharonChen December 17, 2013

huge hit at my son's nursery school holiday show/party. i loved seeing the children eating veggies because they looked fun! thanks for the great idea.

Mullingal December 22, 2009

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