This adorable Turkey Veggie Tray is so simple, even the kids can help! It’s a perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving spread.
It’s important to have appetizers on hand for guests to snack on at your Thanksgiving gatherings, and this Turkey Veggie Tray is the perfect solution! Serve it up with some Homemade Ranch or Dill Dip, and your guests will love it.
A Thanksgiving veggie Appetizer
We had so much fun making our Christmas Tree Veggie Platter last year, that we decided to make one for Thanksgiving as well!
This dish couldn’t be cuter, in the shape of a turkey! It’s the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer to be made year after year, and is one even the kids can help out with.
Veggie platters are an absolute must at any party. They offset the other heavy appetizers with something a little lighter. I love vegetable appetizers because it gives a great healthy option for everyone.
This Turkey Veggie Tray is so fun to create – get your kids involved. They will love it!!
turkey veggie tray Dip + Face
Pick your favorite dip to be at the bottom of your Thanksgiving Veggie Tray. Here are some of our favorite dips:
Make the turkey face:
- Cut the bottom off of a red pepper.
- Make the beak by using a baby carrot.
- Add candy eye balls!
Easy as that! Place it in the dip bowl as pictured above.
How to Make the Body
Start by gathering and preparing all of your vegetables. For this turkey veggie tray we used:
- sliced cucumbers
- baby carrots
- sugar snap peas
- bell pepper sticks (red and yellow)
Other veggies you can use: asparagus spears, black olives, grape tomatoes, and/or celery sticks.
1ST LAYER. Layer the sliced cucumbers first, in a half circle around the platter. We did two rows of cucumbers as you can see in the picture below.
2ND LAYER. Then layer the carrots, yellow and red peppers, and broccoli pieces in smaller half circles.
3RD LAYER. End with the snap peas at the bottom.
DIP + SERVE! Add the bowl of your favorite dip. Place the turkey face made out of a pepper in the dip bowl.
How much to make
Plan for each guest to eat about 5 pieces of vegetables each, and use about 3 tablespoons of dip.
For 10 guests this calculates out to 50 pieces of vegetables and 1 ¾ cups of dip. This recipe can feed about 16 people.
Storing + serving info
Make ahead of time. Make this turkey shaped vegetable platter up to 24 hours in advance. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap, and store in the fridge.
Prep all veggies 24-48 hours in advance and place in Ziploc bags. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.
Keep it cool when serving. Don’t set out the vegetable tray until you’re ready for guests to dig in. Another way to keep the veggies cool is to place the tray onto a tray of ice cubes or ice packs.
For more vegetable appetizers, check out:
- Veggie Cups
- Cucumber Sandwiches
- Baked Zucchini Fries
- Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups
- Christmas Tree Veggie Platter
Turkey Veggie Tray Recipe
- 2 red bell pepper
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- candy eye balls
- 1 crown broccoli
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 cup snap peas
- Make the face by cutting the bottom off of a red pepper. Make the beak by using a baby carrot, a piece of yellow pepper for the snoods and candy eye balls!
- To make the body, gather and prep your veggies. We like to wash and cut to sizes that are easy for grabbing.
- Layer the sliced cucumbers first in a half circle around the platter. Then layer the carrots, yellow and red peppers, and broccoli pieces in smaller half circles. End with the snap peas at the bottom.
- Then add the bowl of your favorite dip. Place the turkey face made out of a pepper in the dip bowl.
Easy fun and delicious 😋
This is so fun. My kids loved helping make this and I loved it was something healthy and delicious they could snack on!
This was a great idea. I used it for my neighbors who loved it!!
Looks amazing and festive!
So easy to make!! So festive! My family loved how it looked!!! Wahoo!!
Truely divine and amazing recipe for the holidays!
This was so easy to make, and my family loved it!
Yay! So glad to hear that!
Love this! Fun, creative, and healthy without being too difficult to make!
This was the perfect addition to our thanksgiving get together. The kids especially loved it! So fun!
This was a hit at Thanksgiving!
This is absolutely the cutest veggie tray ever! I am definitely saving this post for Thanksgiving next year!!!
Love the recipes makes my life easier
This looks adorable and so easy – what size plate or round platter did you use? Where do you get the candy eye balls? I’m sure it will be yummy – 5 stars for the creative idea!!! LOVE IT.
This is so cute-kids will love it but grown ups also. It makes me smile.
This is so cute but my eyeballs keep falling off is there a way to keep them on
We made it! I can’t figure out how to post the picture but we made it! Not nearly as cute as yours! Beautiful colors and cute design. I’m inspired! Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
Super cute turkey veggie tray! I put it together with my little 4yo great-niece…super fun memory! Thanks for the inspiration!!
Made this for Thanksgiving this year and it was a huge it with the kids! Super easy and cute!
See More Comments