I wanted to share this easy holiday party menu, although Christmas is over, it would work for a New Year’s Party or any get together really. I served this for a Holiday Party a couple weeks ago and am sharing the vegan/vegetarian options. The best part – everything was super easy. Eat, drink and be merry! Happy Holidays!
Kale Winter Salad
For the cheese board, I put out a variety of vegan cheeses with grapes, apples, crackers, baguette, olives, mango jalepeno chutney and marinated veggies.
For the marinated veggies, I sliced an eggplant, zucchini and red bell pepper and placed in a large mixing bowl, I sprinkled on salt, pepper, garlic powder and italian seasoning. Next I drizzled on balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I mixed all the veggies well and then cooked them on a grill pan. They were served at room temperature.
For the Kale Winter Salad, I used this recipe as a base, then multiplied it to fit my guests: 1 bunch kale, washed & chopped, 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans, 1 green onion chopped, 1 pear peeled & sliced. Toss all in a bowl & sprinkle with salt & pepper. Then dress the salad, (this could not be easier) just drizzle on 2 TBS balsamic vinegar and 3 TBS EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil). One last vegetarian option would be to top with blue cheese crumbles.
For the Vegan Pizzas, I found a delicious vegan cornmeal-based crust in the freezer section of Whole Foods. I spread some pizza sauce on the crusts then sprinkled on chopped mushrooms, onions, black olives then some italian seasoning & garlic powder. I sprinkled vegan mozzarella cheese on top then baked according to the crust instructions.
For the cookies/dessert, I made my Mom’s Italian Lemon Cookies, and my friends brought some others as well.
And last but certainly not lease, the booze. The signature drink was prosecco with 3 cranberries for a festive garnish. Other popular drinks were High West whiskey and cider or ginger, and some fruity grey goose concoctions in the shot ski!