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The Modern Relish Tray

The New Relish Tray AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch


What exactly is a relish tray? Why should I serve a relish tray at my next entertaining opportunity?

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If you were born in the last 20 years, you may not have had the experience of Grandmom’s relish tray, but this vegetable filled pre-dinner plate, once popular, is making its way back into our gatherings, especially for entertaining during the holiday season.

The beauty of this tray is the combination of flavors, the fresh crisp vegetables {carrots, radish}, the pickled { gherkins, cucumbers} and the brine {olives} . It’s a great starter for any meal and it resists being to rich and spoiling your appetite.


baked pita chips

Also classically served on a relish tray, is a spread or dip of some sort such as creamy pimento cheese, herb veggie or in this case my Arugula Green Goddess.



5 cups arugula, cleaned and packed
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped


In a food processor combine arugula and sour cream. Combine until completely blended. Add salt, lemon juice, garlic and thyme. Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight to let the flavors combine.

Serve cold.

Did you have a relish tray in your house growing up? Have you served one lately? Tell me about it in the comments.


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20 Responses to The Modern Relish Tray

  1. Ala September 2, 2014 at 3:27 AM #

    GREAT idea for a party tray! I have recently fallen in love with sweet pickles and would love to feature this next time around. Thanks for sharing this!
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    • Krayl Funch September 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM #

      Ala ~ are you making your own pickles??

  2. Cindy Kerschner September 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM #

    We always had a relish tray on every Holiday table. Several kinds of pickles, olives and veggies!
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    • Krayl Funch September 2, 2014 at 1:33 PM #

      It is a long lost art, but we are bringing it back!

  3. Sarah September 1, 2014 at 8:14 PM #

    Love how fresh this is

  4. Shaina September 1, 2014 at 5:46 PM #

    Love that green goddess dressing. You can find me hovering over the plate full of veggies and dip, hoarding it all from the other guests…
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  5. Alice September 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM #

    Love it!! Do you love French breakfast radishes?? If I can grow them more on the sweet side, we go through them pretty quickly! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Simply Gourmet September 1, 2014 at 2:29 PM #

    I grew up with always having a relish tray at our parties and gatherings. You don’t see them too often anymore. I like your version.
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    • Krayl Funch September 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM #

      I think we moved towards heavier appetizers but I look forward to serving this into the winter entertaining season!

  7. Family Foodie August 31, 2014 at 10:57 PM #

    I need this arugula green goddess dressing in my life and LOVE those carrots!

    • Krayl Funch September 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM #

      The arugula gives it the perfect touch of peppery freshness!

  8. MealDiva August 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM #

    I’ve never heard of a relish tray but this looks amazing!
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    • Krayl Funch September 1, 2014 at 9:56 AM #

      It’s perfect as a light snack and before a big dinner!

  9. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen August 31, 2014 at 5:38 PM #

    Love the green goddess dressing. I have actually never had it, but I will give yours a try 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch September 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM #

      It’s perfect as a dip and a dressing!

  10. The Ninja Baker August 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM #

    A beautiful Green Goddess dressing from the gorgeous Krayl – love it! Very much appreciate, too, your bringing back the memories of grandma’s relish tray =)

  11. Liz August 31, 2014 at 7:55 AM #

    Your relish tray is so much more elegant than the ones from my childhood! The green goddess is the perfect dipping sauce…and the colorful carrots make for a gorgeous presentation!

    • Krayl Funch August 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM #

      Thank you Liz – I love the colorful carrots. Not only do they look great, their flavor is so much more intense!

  12. Renee August 31, 2014 at 6:06 AM #

    My parents did have a relish tray when they entertained. I also have one sometimes when I entertain too. I like the lightness of it to snack on to start the evening.
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