Easy Holiday Appetizer Ideas from ALDI & My Charlotte TV Segment

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Easy Holiday Appetizer Ideas from ALDI & My Charlotte TV Segment

Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to break the bank!  You’ll love these easy holiday appetizer ideas from ALDI.

I’d like to thank my friends at ALDI for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting companies who support Running in a Skirt.

Easy Holiday Appetizer Ideas from ALDI / Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone,

I had the best time last Thursday going to Charlotte to be a guest again on WCNC’s Charlotte Today.  Their lifestyle show is so much fun and I really enjoyed putting together a spread of some of my favorite ALDI finds for the show.

Isn’t their Christmas set pretty???

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My segment this time was about holiday entertaining for less, which is honestly so easy at ALDI.  We all know how overwhelming it can be to throw a party and ALDI has so many beautiful hand selected items to make your holiday celebrations memorable without breaking the bank.

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I am always amazed at ALDI prices and quality.  Whether hosting a small get-together or something for the entire family I shop at ALDI .  They have high-quality products including organic produce, fresh meats, seafood and gourmet cheeses to round out any menu.  Plus their wine selection is award-winning, delicious and so affordable.

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I’ve got a lot of great tips in my tv segment so I hope you will watch it!

Holiday Appetizer Ideas from ALDI

Low-Fat Spinach Dip

One of the recipes I shared in my segment is this Low-Fat Spinach Dip.  The recipe is on the ALDI site, which is home to all sorts of great recipes using ALDI ingredients.  I love the simplicity of this recipe and how it uses two of my favorite ALDI products… their Fit & Active Plain Nonfat Yogurt and SimplyNature Organic Spinach.  The yogurt is a great substitute for mayonnaise in a dip and the fresh organic greens are something I always pick up in the store.

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Serve the dip with Specially Selected Organic Four Seed Artisan Crispbread.  These fun crackers are super tasty and I love how they are organic, like many products at ALDI.

Sea Queen Shrimp Ring

This is hands down the EASIEST holiday appetizer and I promise it will be a hit.  ALDI has these simple pre-made shrimp rings.

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To make it a bit fancier put the cocktail sauce in a glass container, put it on a pretty placemat or napkins and decorate the ring with fresh herbs.


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Gourmet Cheese Plate

One of my favorite things to buy at ALDI is gourmet cheese.  They have such beautiful, really tasty cheese at super reasonable prices.  When picking cheese for your cheese plate try to pick a combination of hard and soft cheeses.  A few of my current favs are the Priano Parmesan Cheese Wedge, Specially Selected Aged Reserve White Cheddar and Specially Selected Cranberry & Cinnamon Goat Cheese.  To finish it off add crackers, nuts, fruit and olives!  Look for Southern Grove Nuts and Specially Selected Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives

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Also try these other great easy holiday appetizer ideas…


More Holiday Fun at ALDI

ALDI is stocked with all kinds of fun holiday themed goods right now.  In fact, Santa (YES, SANTA! 🙂 ) has given is Santa Tested Santa Approved Seal of Approval to 15 products storewide like these Bake House Creations Christmas Sugar Cookie Dough, Benton’s Gingerbread House and Specially Selected Chocolate Chip Brioche.

Most of these give you the gift of time in the kitchen by making your holiday preps a little easier.

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If you have been curious about ALDI in the past, now is the time to try them!  They recently announced a $3.4 billion capital investment to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022.  The expansion will make ALDI the third largest grocery retailer in the country by store count!  So hopefully one will be near you soon, if it’s not already.

In the Charlotte area 26 stores have already been upgraded and five more are getting a remodel in the new year.

Hope you enjoyed these easy holiday appetizer ideas!  Next week I’ll share my Asheville TV segment plus some last minute dessert and drink ideas.

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By | 2019-03-28T16:11:51-04:00 December 15th, 2017|All Vegetarian, Food, Snacks & Appetizers|37 Comments


  1. Litz Harly February 8, 2018 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Awesome post for the food lover,! I need to try made with low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream. I use it for inspiration and then buy stuff at my normal grocery store instead. Thanks

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  3. Alicia December 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    We LOVE shopping at Aldi, so this is very helpful. We usually buy sauces and other foods there, but this is great for holidays!

  4. Lisa Guido December 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    ALDI is my favorite! My current favorite thing is their mild fresh salsa! It goes perfectly with their multigrain chips. These spreads are perfect!

  5. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy December 18, 2017 at 8:41 am - Reply

    ALDI is amazing, I get so many of my staples there and love their fun flavors for cheese. Looks like a great segment, Charlotte is my neck of the woods! 🙂

  6. Chelsea December 17, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Oh I so wish we had an ALDI here in Arkansas!! We must be behind on the times but maybe one day we’ll get one! I am such a sucker for those shrimp rings though! They’re amazingly good!!

  7. Marielle Altenor December 17, 2017 at 3:27 am - Reply

    How fun it must have been to be on the WCNC’s Charlotte Today show! The appetizer looks delish!

  8. Natalie December 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Everything looks so delicious. I like the sound of that spinach dip. Holidays can be quite expensive. I’m always looking a ways to save few bucks without compromise quality.

  9. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers December 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I love ALDI! They always have the best deals on produce. This time of year, I love their cranberry cheddar cheese on crackers 🙂

  10. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com December 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Yum! All of these ideas look quick, easy, & delicious! I want that cocktail!!

  11. Joseph N December 16, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Hello, Julie.

    Wow! Those are some really delicious dishes. My favorite is Sea Queen Shrimp Ring. I will definitely buy the ingredients as soon as possible and try to cook it. What are the ingredients for the sauce?

  12. Annmarie December 16, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Everything looks delicious, Julie! What a fun way for you to share them! Congrats 🙂

  13. Lorie December 15, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Just stopped at Aldi today! This looks like a perfect holiday spread!

  14. Summer Price December 15, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    That set is pretty, and the dip looks easy and tasty. I wish we had an Aldi near us!

  15. jamie December 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    We just got an Aldi store nearby, I’m excited to visit and check things out!

  16. Farrah December 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I love Aldi! <3 + that Christmas set is absolutely gorgeous! I love how festive everything gets around this time of year! I need that spinach dip in my life! :]

  17. Heather December 15, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I am going to have to pop in to ALDI for a shrimp ring for Christmas Eve. Those crackers look great too.

  18. Scott December 15, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the reminder! Our ALDI just had huge remodel and its grand reopening last week. Now that the crowds are gone, I need to go check it out!

  19. Liz Mays December 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    It’s so cool that you did this segment! I love the appetizers! I’m going to need a few soon!

  20. Jenny December 15, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Love these ideas!! I can’t believe it is almost time for Christmas and the New Year as well!

  21. Rachel December 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    What a fun segment and a yummy spread!

  22. Neely Moldovan December 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Aldi has so many great things! We recently started shopping there and I was amazed at their selection!

  23. Carrie December 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    These are great ideas! I’ve never been inside our Aldi…it’s not real close to me and it’s not in the best area in our town. Hopefully we will get some more around here.

  24. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups December 15, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    These are awesome entertaining options! I wish we had ALDI here.

  25. Whitney E, R.D. December 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Awesome video…You’re a natural! All of these ideas are wonderful! So simple + delicious! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  26. Abbey Sharp December 15, 2017 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Awesome video girl! Also love all of your tips

  27. [email protected] December 15, 2017 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Great job with Charolotte Today! Enjoyed seeing all of these delicious foods.

  28. Erinn December 15, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Great post! I love seafood around the holidays. We’re having lobster on Christmas Eve and I can’t wait!

  29. Lisa Ballantyne December 15, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

    I’m tempted to kidnap that shrimp ring and hold it for ransom!

  30. Deborah Brooks December 15, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Ooh all over that spinach dip! We don’t have Aldi around here but looks like some great deals

  31. Patricia @Sweet and Strong December 15, 2017 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Shrimp cocktail always reminds me of the holidays. Such a simple and tasty appetizer.

  32. Susie @ Suzlyfe December 15, 2017 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Awesome segment! I wish that ALDI was closer to us–it would be so helpful for our baby shower this weekend!

  33. Beth Ann Chiles December 15, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

    What a great segment! You are so wonderful on camera—a natural and I love all the great tips you shared with us for great easy eating over the holidays! Thanks!

  34. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real December 15, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I love when you post Aldi recipes! The Aldi isn’t super close to me but I use it for inspiration and then buy stuff at my normal grocery store instead. Whatever works right?! Hopefully the expansion brings a nice one closer!

  35. Mary Ellen | VNutrition December 15, 2017 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Loved the segment Julie! You are such a natural on camera (I’d be fumbling over my words). I kind of want a sip of that prosecco now!

  36. [email protected] December 15, 2017 at 6:38 am - Reply

    I have never made a dip with low fat yogurt instead of sour cream. I need to try that swap. I really like Aldi’s. Especially for their selection of cheeses.

  37. Blane Sherer December 15, 2017 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Very nice. I’m looking forward to your
    WLOS segment next week. I hope you
    have a nice weekend.

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