Separate the broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Slice the broccoli stalks, removing the fibrous edges and cutting out into shapes. Boil all the broccoli pieces.
Peel the carrots and kabocha squash and cut out into shapes. Boil everything, including all the leftover pieces.
Mince the leftover boiled bits of vegetables and mix with salad dressing (salad dressing is optional). Slice the tops of the tomatoes so they won't roll off the plate.
Transfer the potato salad on a dish and form into a cone. (Reserve some for the toppings). Starting from the bottom, stick the broccoli into the potato salad, being careful to secure it.
Stick the marinated vegetables between the pieces of broccoli. Pay attention to the colors as you decorate the salad to look like a Christmas tree.
Roll the leftover potato salad into balls and place around the dish along with the cut-out vegetables, tomatoes, and remaining marinated vegetable pieces. Scatter powdered cheese "snow" on the tree and it's done.
Story Behind this Recipe
I've always wanted to make a Christmas tree out of potato salad and I wanted to make a cute, memorable salad.
Just have fun decorating the salad any way you like. For the star on top, you can secure with a toothpick or an uncooked spaghetti strand (but only use pasta if you're eating it right away because it will soften over time). This salad looks nice served on a big plate with hors d'oeuvres.