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Christmas Tree Appetizer

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This Christmas tree appetizer made from fruit, cheese, and salami is the easiest and cutest holiday recipe!

It's perfect for a party or festive family dinner. It's ready in minutes, so it's a perfect snacking plate to set out while you finish dinner.

It's also great to take to a holiday potluck as it travels well. This easy appetizer is incredibly cute and festive!

An overhead shot of a Christmas tree made out of cheese, fruit, and salami on a large white platter.

Why You'll Love this Holiday Appetizer

This holiday platter could not be any easier. You only need a few ingredients to make this cute antipasto tree for the holiday season!

If you have additional fruit, cheese, and salami on hand, you can refill it as people snack on it. Everyone loves a little snacking plate, and this appetizer in the shape of a Christmas tree will be a hit wherever you serve it.


You can substitute any of these ingredients, but here's what we used for this Christmas tree shape appetizer.

Grapes, cheese, pretzel, olives, salami, and rosemary.
  • Cheese - You'll need a mix of cheese cubes - these can be cheddar cheese cubes, Colby jack cheese cubes, or any other favorite cheese you'd like. To save time, buy them pre-cubed in the deli section of your grocery store.
  • Salami - You'll need a small log of salami or some pre-cut rounds. Try to get one that has a smaller diameter, they look cuter!
  • Grapes - You'll need both green and red grapes.
  • Olives - Try to find a mix of olives. There is usually one mix that contains Kalamata, Castelvetrano (bright green), and Cerignola (light green) olives that work well for this recipe.
  • Piquanté Peppers - You might also know these as Peppadew peppers. These are usually sold in a jar or at the olive bar in the deli area of your grocery store. They're sweet and a little spicy. These will sit near the top of the tree.
  • Pretzels - You'll need a few pretzel sticks to form the tree trunk.
  • Rosemary - This is optional but adds a little more flair.

Optional - serve with your favorite crackers or some toast slices.

See the recipe card for quantities.

An overhead shot of a Christmas tree made out of cheese, fruit, and salami on a large white platter.

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Tips for Making this Recipe

Storing Tips - This recipe can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator or saved after serving for up to 3 days in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap. Please note, that if the cheese or meat sits out for longer than 4 hours, it should be discarded.

Diet/Allergy Alternatives - You can easily leave the salami off this platter if you'd like it to be vegetarian. Replace it with some fruit like kiwi or mandarin orange slices or another layer of cheese.

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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Christmas Tree Appetizer

A Christmas tree shaped appetizer platter.

This delightful Christmas tree platter is a perfect appetizer for a holiday party.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup cheese cubes
  • 4 piquanté peppers
  • 1 cup green and red grapes
  • ½ cup mixed olives
  • 3 ounces sliced salami
  • 5 to 8 small pretzel sticks
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary sprigs


  1. Place a few cheese cubes at the top of a large platter or board in a triangle shape.
  2. Then add a layer of peppers below it, then a layer of green grapes, a layer of cheese cubes, a layer of salami, a layer of red grapes, and a layer of olives.
  3. Add the pretzel sticks to create the trunk of the tree.
  4. Finally, tuck several rosemary sprigs into the edges of the tree.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 569mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

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