Holiday Veggie Dip Platter | Easy and Healthy Recipes


Feast your eyes on this stunning easy and healthy plant-based platter. Featuring a sweet and creamy veggie dip made with roasted bell pepper, chickpeas, avocado and dried cranberries centred around an assortment of vegetables, fruits and toasted naan bread to create a beautiful and simple holiday centrepiece.

A colourful holiday veggie dip surrounded by carrots, cucumbers, peppers, snap peas, naan bread and blackberries

During the holiday season, we get excited to enjoy foods we don’t usually get to eat during the less festive months. This year, I’ve gone all out and created some of my favourite easy and healthy holiday dishes – with a desilicious twist. This veggie dip platter is delicious and perfect for entertaining – just before your exquisite holiday dinner! In fact, I’ve also taken this platter along when attending parties. I would say it’s party-perfect and certainly makes it on my list of easy and healthy recipes for this season.

Are There Any Health Benefits To Eating Dried Cranberries?

I love the addition of dried cranberries to a traditional hummus recipe. Besides a festive twist, and giving a desi-licious flair, cranberries add a sweet tang, along with an extra pop of flavour. This means that there’s no need for any salt. The red pepper is roasted in the oven to intensify the flavour. And while the oven is busy at work, you can prep the remainder of the ingredients and create the platter of veggies and fruits.

Did you know, cranberries may offer potential health benefits.  Research indicates that dried cranberries support heart and digestive health and may play a role in cancer prevention and diabetes management. 

Holiday veggie dip with chcikpeas on top surrounded by fruits and vegetables

How to make plant-based holiday platter – step by step

Step by step preparation images of how to make holiday veggie dip in a blender and present as a veggie platter

  1. Start by grilling the bell pepper in the oven (Image 1). I like to use my hands to coat the pepper chunks with oil and broil for 3-5 minutes until charred. 
  2. Begin the veggie dip by adding avocado, chickpeas, grilled pepper, lemon juice and water (Image 2). Blend for a few seconds and use your blender’s tamper tool (Image 3).
  3. Add the cranberries and continue to blend until creamy. I like to have chewy cranberry bits in my hummus, but you can blend them completely if you prefer a creamy consistency (Image 4-5).
  4. When preparing the vegetables and fruits, make sure they’re washed and dried thoroughly. I like to cut in strips, making the perfect dippers for my easy and healthy veggie dip. You can stack more veggies and fruits, depending on the number of guests.

When creating a veggie dip platter, you want to have a variety of textures, like the crunch of baked naan bread coated with a creamy hummus. I’ve intentionally picked sturdy veggies and fruits, which are a perfect match for this veggie dip. You can prep your veggies ahead of time, wrap them in paper towels, and refrigerate in an airtight glass container. 

Here’s what I use for my platter:

  • 3 small carrots
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 3 naan breads (Lebanese-style). I toast mine for a few minutes in the oven.
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 cup of snap peas

Besides being tasty, this veggie dip also gives a brilliant pop of colour to your platter. 

Holiday veggie dip with chcikpeas on top surrounded by fruits and vegetables

Tips To Make The Perfect Holiday Veggie Dip Platter

  • Decide on a centrepiece that will complement the other items on your platter
  • Introduce different textures to add variety
  • Prepare your platter last – to keep it fresh and vibrant
  • Always opt for *quality* fresh ingredients – it’s worth it!
  • Make it colourful, so it’s inviting
  • Think about the arrangement – you don’t want it to look like a collection of hodgepodge
  • Keep it bite-sized

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Holiday Veggie Dip Platter | Easy and Healthy Recipes

Feast your eyes on this stunning easy and healthy plant-based platter. Featuring a sweet and creamy veggie dip made with roasted bell pepper, chickpeas, avocado and dried cranberries centred around an assortment of vegetables, fruits and toasted naan bread to create a beautiful and simple holiday centrepiece.

Grilled Pepper

  • 1 red bell pepper (washed and cut in medium chunks)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (extra virgin)

Veggie Dip

  • 1 avocado (small, ripe)
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans (cooked)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (unsweetened)
  1. In a small oven tray, use your hands to toss the pepper chunks with 1 tsp olive oil, making sure all the pieces are coated with oil. Broil for approximately 3-5 minutes, or until charred.

  2. Begin the veggie dip by adding avocado, chickpeas, grilled pepper, lemon juice and water. Blend for a few seconds and use your blender's tamper tool.

  3. Add the cranberries and continue to blend until creamy. I like to have chewy cranberry bits in my hummus, but you can blend them completely if you prefer a creamy consistency.

  4. When preparing the vegetables and fruits for the platter, make sure they're washed and dried thoroughly. I like to cut in strips, making the perfect dippers for my easy and healthy veggie dip. You can stack more veggies and fruits, depending on the number of guests. Serve with the dip.

  • Decide on a centrepiece that will complement the other items on your platter
  • Introduce different textures to add variety
  • Prepare your platter last – to keep it fresh and vibrant
  • Always opt for *quality* fresh ingredients – it’s worth it!
  • Make it colourful, so it’s inviting
  • Think about the arrangement – you don’t want it to look like a collection of hodgepodge
  • Keep it bite-sized

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