Not Your Grandma's Relish Tray: 12 Ideas for a Modern Holiday Appetizer Spread

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Garlic & Coriander Quick Pickled Baby Carrots

It might seem old-fashioned, but the classic holiday relish tray, with its assortment of pickled vegetables, briny olives and crudité, is actually a smart way to start a big holiday meal: crunchy, a little salty and not too heavy. But that doesn't mean you have to stick to grandma's cut-glass tray and canned black olives. Here are 12 fresh recipes and ideas for putting together a more modern relish tray.

Most relish trays include an assortment of raw and pickled vegetables, and some people like to include a dip for the crudité. Shake things up a bit by skipping the usual bagged baby carrots and cherry tomatoes and shopping for some unusual seasonal vegetables instead. And all of these recipes can be made several days in advance, so they don't require any extra kitchen work on the day of the big meal. No wonder the relish tray is a classic.

PICKLES & OLIVES

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Baba Ghanoush (Smoky Eggplant Dip)

DIPS & SPREADS

NOT THE USUAL VEGETABLES

What kinds of appetizers do you serve before a big holiday meal?

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