Composed Appetizer Platter

photo by Kathy photo by Kathy
photo by Kathy
Ready In:
24hrs 20mins




  • The night before serving, place cauliflower pieces, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, olives (if using) and onions in a large bowl.
  • Pour entire bottle of dressing over veggies and mix well.
  • Tightly cover and refrigerate overnight, stirring before you go to bed.
  • In morning, add cooked shrimp to veggie mixture; combine gently but thoroughly; keep covered and refrigerated.
  • When ready to serve, drain shrimp/veggie mixture well and arrange attractively on a platter.
  • Arrange hard boiled egg halves around edge of platter, grind black pepper over all, and serve.

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  1. I took this to a BBQ, and it was a total hit!! Very different from your usual veggie and dip platter (BOOORING!!). The only thing I might do differently next time is to add green pepper strips and try using small pearl onions instead of the sliced. I will definitely be making this again, though. Thank you, whomever you may be:) ~Manda
  2. Very nice. I made this for a birthday party and turned it into more of an antipasto dish by adding chunks of provolone, salami, and pepperoni. I also added green olives stuffed with garlic since the birthday gal loves them. Everyone raved about your the recipe, especially the shrimp and eggs. Thanks.
  3. Every time I have paid the price for one of those simple but elegant party platters, I look at it and say to myself, 'Hey, I could have done that!'. Now, I am (and at half the cost). :) You change the ingredients, and even the platter itself, to suit the occasion; Marble, crystal, silver, a lettuce-lined tray, acrylic, multi-tier, etc. (I don't happen to have marble, but I've seen it done and it's very nice. A polished marble piece suitable for a platter can probably be picked up relatively inexpensively from scraps at a 'marble & tile' shop.)
  4. This was VERY easy to put together, looks great and everyone loved it. I separated the veges onto two plates, one with shrimp and one without for my vegetarian hubby. This will definitely be on my list of summer treats!


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