I am wondering if you or the readers have any fresh ideas for these dusty old standards.
Sent by Sara Editor: Sara, yes we do! Dana did a wonderful post last year on updating the relish tray:
Watch out - some of the fresh, modern, tasty ideas there might make your relish tray the sleeper hit of the party!
Also consider re-interpreting the relish tray entirely and bringing lots of little vegetable "bites", complete with dots of gooey cheese, sour cream, or chevre. Here are a few examples of what we mean:
People really can't resist little bite-sized things. It's failsafe.
And as far as the fruit salad goes, we would just about kill for a bite of grapefruit or persimmon at Thanksgiving dinner; aim for something bright, citrusy, and tart — a relief between all that rich food. For instance:
Readers, any more thoughts for Sara?
Related: In Praise of the Relish Tray
(Images: Rick's Picks; Dana Velden)