Festive Foods in Red and Green

Make your foods scream holiday by playing off some vibrant red and green colors that come naturally (well, a few of the desserts do use some food color). There’s something about serving a plate of red and green that appeals to both the eyes and the spirit. Most of these are all super simple to put together, but they just might leave a lasting impression on your family and friends.

Read on for a collection of red and green spanning from appetizers all the way to dessert. We’ve got 15 suggestions for ways to show your Christmas spirit with food – five in each category.

Festive Foods

Festive Appetizers and Side Dishes

  1. Tomatoes & Basil
    tomato and basil
    These bite sized appetizers are bursting with holiday spirit and flavor. Just gut cherry tomatoes and then stuff them with a cube of fresh mozzarella and a dab of pesto sauce. Alternately, you can arrange sliced tomatoes, basil & fresh mozzarella on a platter and drizzle with a little olive oil and black pepper. Bruschetta is also a nice option to make with tomatoes and basil.


  2. Kiwi & Pomegranate
    kiwi and pomegranate
    This simple dish of cut kiwi and pomegranate seeds is both tasty, healthy and beautiful. Serve with yogurt, if desired. You might notice that these pomegranate seeds are more of a maroon color – they were soon reaching the end of their shelf life but still full of flavor and juice. Extract pomegranate seeds easily by following our instructions.


  3. Spinach & Strawberries
    spinach strawberry salad
    This sweet and easy salad might taste like summer, but it looks just like Christmas with it’s vibrant red and green color! It’s just spinach and strawberries with a sweet dressing. Toss in some roasted pecans and/or mild white cheese for extra flavor and protein.


  4. Broccoli & Red Peppers
    broccoli red peppers
    Serve these veggies raw arranged around a ranch or spinach dip or served them steamed with a little black pepper and grated parmesan cheese. Either way, they make a great low calorie combo.


  5. Strawberries & Grapes
    red green apples
    Make these cute Santa caps by arranging a grape (or you could use a honeydew melon ball), a slice of banana, a strawberry and then a mini marshmallow onto a small wooden skewer or toothpick. These might seem cute for little ones, but beware of your age group with sharp toothpicks.
Other ideas – Arrange red and green apples in the shape of a wreath and place your favorite dip in the middle.

Festive Foods

Festive Main Dishes

  1. Red and Green Lasagna
    red and green lasagna
    Change up your favorite classic lasagna recipe by adding a layer of chopped spinach with pesto sauce in place of one of the regularly red layers.


  2. White Lasagna with Red and Green Vegetables
    white lasagna
    White lasagna can be made vegetarian or with chicken. Here’s a nice vegetarian recipe.


  3. Cut Out Pizza with Peppers
    red and green pizza
    You can make your own pizza dough, use frozen bread dough or use a refrigerated roll of dough. Either one your choose, just roll it out and then cut with cookie cutters. Top some with red pizza sauce and then decorate with red and green peppers.


  4. Sausage Sandwiches
    sausage sandwich
    Just pan fry some Italian Sausage patties (hot or sweet) in one pan and in another (or the same if you’re just cooking a few) some green peppers, red peppers and onions. Simply place the ingredients together inside a bun for a hearty sandwich. Add a slice of Provolone cheese, if desired. We make these year around, but only add the red peppers when it’s nearing Christmas.


  5. Swiss Chard & White Bean Soup
    red and green soup
    Hot and healthy, this soup hits the spot on a cold winter night. Recipe and picture credit here.


Other ideas
  • Red, White and Green Pasta Cook up some red and green pasta and then cover it with alfredo sauce. If you make your own pasta, add a tablespoon or two of tomato paste to your recipe for red pasta and pureed spinach for green pasta. If you have a Pasta Market in your area, they generally carry a red and green option of fresh pasta that you can take home and cook. For dried pasta, you may need to visit a specialty store. Try red sauce on the green pasta and pesto sauce on the red pasta.


  • A Tiny Touch of Red and Green Add pomegranate seeds and basil leaves or sun dried tomatoes and small chive stems on top of your white meat or vegetable dish to mock a holly berry sprig and add an instant festive touch.
  • Festive Foods Desserts

    Festive Desserts

    1. Red & Green Jello Cakes
      festive poke cake
      Kids love the flavor, texture and shape of these festive cakes made with Jello and a cake mix. Recipe by Kraft.


    2. Red and/or Green Yule Logs
      red velvet yule log
      Red velvet cakes are popular all year long, but most appreciated at Christmastime. Here’s the recipe from Kraft. Replace the red food color with green if you wish to make a green log.


    3. Christmas Peanut Butter Kisses
      christmas peanut butter cookies
      These peanut butter and chocolate cookies are a year round favorite for many. Make them special for Christmas with a quick spin of a decorative icing tube and then finish with a candy star sprinkle on top!


    4. Christmas Biscotti
      christmas biscotti
      Take your favorite almond biscotti recipe and add shelled green Pistachios and Craisins into the batter at the end of mixing. This twist makes the cookie more flavorful and festive.


    5. Red and Green Frosted Shortbread
      festive frosted shortbread
      For easy and delicious red and green shortbread cookies, see our post on making Christmas shortbread.

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