If you're wondering what appetizers to make this Christmas season, look no further than these Cold Christmas Appetizers. They can be made a few days ahead of time and don't need reheating.
The best way to alleviate stress during the holidays is to prepare ahead of time, ideally a day or two before the holiday dinner.
Whether you need a last-minute app, or one prepped 3 days ahead of time, we've got you covered with over 30 cold Christmas appetizers.
We have classics like deviled eggs and potato salad, and some fun ones like charcuterie cups, and Christmas tree platter. There's something here for everyone!
Why Serve Cold Appetizers?
- They can be made ahead of time. This is probably my favorite reason to serve cold appetizers at Christmas. You can make them two or three days ahead, and store them in the fridge. This means less stress, less effort, and more time to spend with your guests.
- No need to reheat. Let's be honest, there are SO many dishes to keep warm on Christmas Day. From mashed potatoes to pot pie, to meatloaf, the list goes on and on. But, by serving cold Christmas appetizers, you focus on reheating the main meal, which is the most important one.
- Easy to transport and travel with. If you're going to a Christmas party or a potluck, you know it takes a lot of effort to keep something warm on the way there. With these cold appetizers, you don't have to worry about that.
- They're great palate cleaners. Most of these recipes are veggie-heavy and rely on bright and zesty dressings or sauces. This makes them great palate cleaners so you can enjoy a heavier main dish like moussaka better.
The BEST Cold Christmas Appetizers
Before we dig into our list, check out these reader's favorites. They're popular around Christmas time and for a reason.
My personal favorite is the leek and kale tart.
Easy Salad Kabobs Recipe
Christmas Charcuterie Tree
Savory Fried Leeks & Kale Tart
Christmas Deviled Eggs
Caprese Christmas Wreath
While most of these salads can't be made ahead of time, this doesn't mean they will slow you down.
Simply prepare all the components the day before - washing the greens, making the dressing, etc. and combine everything right before serving.
Sweet Potato Beet Salad with Feta
Mediterranean Risoni Salad with Spinach and Feta
Vegan Chicken Salad Recipe
Creamy Potato Salad without Eggs
Christmas Salad Recipe
Fall Chopped Kale Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette
You're probably not surprised that dips make the list of the best cold Christmas appetizers. Anyone loves a creamy dip, especially during the holiday season.
You get to enjoy them with your favorite crackers or veggies, and they can be made 2 days ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
Easy Hummus without Garlic
White Bean Dip Recipe
Whipped Ricotta Recipe with Olive Oil and Honey
Cold Spinach Dip In Bread Bowl
Olive Oil Bread Dip
Layered Greek Dip
Roasted Beet Hummus
Charcuterie Boards & Platters
I love serving a charcuterie board for Christmas because it's a great way to feed the crowd, and it keeps everyone occupied while I warm the main dishes.
You can make a charcuterie board or a platter using pretty much anything you have on hand - veggies, cheese, olives, dips, crackers, etc. I love adding freshly roasted nuts to mine!
Vegetable Charcuterie Board (Veggie Board)
Christmas Tree Fruit & Cheese Platter
Christmas Charcuterie Cups
Mediterranean Mezze Board
More Veggie Appetizers
The following recipes are a great way to add vegetables to the table, without necessarily making a salad.
They're fun, creative, and healthy, and still pack a variety of flavors and textures.
Vegan Zucchini Boats with Lentils
Stuffed Mini Peppers
Eggplant Rolls with Walnuts
Brown Sugar Honey Glazed Carrots
Caprese Zucchini Cups
Bread & Crostini
And last, but not least, we have bread and crostini. This section is all about simple, yet delicious recipes that can be served as cold Christmas appetizers, or any-day snacks.
Air Fryer Pita Chips
Brie and Fig Crostini
Tomato Bruschetta Recipe
Flaky Puff Pastry Bites With Gouda & Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Broccoli & Cheese Pinwheels
Pistachio, Feta and Pomegranate Crostini
Cranberry Crostini with Cream Cheese
If you try any of these cold Christmas appetizers, let me know in the comments below! I'm curious to know which one is your favorite. 🤩