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No-Cook Appetizers for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing and it is definitely my favorite time of year! However, it is a super busy time for my family. I do love cooking and baking as much as can. However, with so many different festive events, time is always of the essence. So, this year I plan on preparing several No-Cook Appetizers for the Holiday Season. Check out some of these quick and easy ideas to whip up for your next party…no cooking required!

A charcuterie board with capitol, salami, pepperoni, and cured meats, also including black olives, cherry tomatoes, swiss cheese, and a baguette with diced roasted red peppers

No Cook Appetizers for the Holidays

No-Cook Appetizers for the Holiday Season





1. Mini wedge salads- Wedge salads are so delicious and are a great light bite to offer to your guests. Of course, to create the mini version you need to get a hold of baby iceberg lettuces, something that you can visit this website to find out more about. Once you have the baby iceberg lettuce, all you need to do is cut them into four wedges and garnish with ranch dressing, tomatoes, radish slices and some bacon bits, a fresh and delicious treat!


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2. Smoke salmon blinis-Next up are some super stylish salmon blinis. All you will need for these are some smoked salmon slices, along with cream cheese that you can add a little horseradish too. Of course, you’ll need something to rest these on, and the tiny pancakes know as blinis are the perfect option. Best of all you can buy them already made, so you don’t need to lift a finger! However, if you can’t find the cute little blinis, crackers will work too! Just combine the cream cheese and a little horseradish, add a dash of salt and pepper. Place this on top of the blinis, then add a slice of salmon and top with fresh chives.

3. Pita trees-Pita trees are particularly appealing for Christmas as they look very festive when made up and kids just love them! All you need are some straight pretzel sticks for the trunks, guacamole, roasted red peppers or cherry tomatoes, and the pita bread.  This can be a perfect gluten free option for guests as you can easily find gluten free varieties of pita bread and pretzels sticks at the store.

All you need to do is spread the guacamole across the pita and then cut them into four wedges. This should create a triangle for the basic tree shape. Then add finely diced pepper or tomato to look like Christmas tree lights. Next, add the pretzel at the bottom as the trunk, and you’re done! Check out the above video for assembly.


4. Charcuterie Boards- Lastly, a super quick and straightforward no-cook appetizer for Christmas that everyone loves is a charcuterie board . For this, all you will need are your favorite smoked or cured meats like salami, prosciutto or pepperoni. Then, add different varieties of cheese: goat cheese, gouda, blue cheese, and brie work great! Finish up the board by arranging it decoratively and adding a some fancy olives and gourmet crackers. I like to garnish it with fresh grapes or berries.

So Tell Me…

Do you have a “go to” holiday appetizer for parties?  What is your favorite No-Cook treat?


The Haute Christian

Sunday 2nd of December 2018

These are definitely some appetizers that I will be trying!


Saturday 1st of December 2018

Heck yes! I'm all about saving time this holiday season so this is perfect!


Saturday 1st of December 2018

I've been feeling pretty lazy since I've been on vacation so I'm all for no-cook appetizers! I love those smoked salmon blinis!


Saturday 1st of December 2018

I'm always a fan of smoked salmon. I have had something like that as an appetizer before and it was delicious. I would love to try this out.


Saturday 1st of December 2018

These are all so cute and easy! LOVE the mini wedge salad idea! For holiday entertaining that is quick and easy, I never cook (I am usually entertaining both sides of extended family for a week straight, so all I can do to get the regular meals prepped/served!) - so I will do simple things like veggies/dip, cheese/crackers, chips/salsa/homemade guac - or if I've got a little more time, a pumpkin dip I like to make that is great with apple wedges or gingersnaps.