Turkey Veggie Tray

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.

Turkey veggie tray with cucumbers, carrots, peppers, broccoli, and peas.

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!!

Thanksgiving veggie tray that looks like a turkey.

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:

  1. Cut the bottom off of a red pepper.
  2. Make the beak by using a baby carrot.
  3. Add candy eye balls!

Easy as that! Place it in the dip bowl as pictured above.

Close up of veggie feather on turkey veggie tray.

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
  • broccoli
  • 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.

Close up of veggies on turkey veggie tray.

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.

Complete turkey veggie tray served with dip.

For more vegetable appetizers, check out:

Turkey Veggie Tray Recipe

4.98 from 162 votes
This adorable Turkey Veggie Tray is so simple, even the kids can help! It's a perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving spread.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 25 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 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
  • dip

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Video

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    Do you have a picture of the platter in the christmas tree shape? If you are showing it later I can wait.
    thanks! Love all your recipes

  2. 5 stars
    I am always in charge of the veggie tray at my in-laws & they would get a kick out of this!! I am so arranging the veggies like this!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the best veggie Tray. What an Easy way to make thanksgiving look festive. I cant wait to make my thanksgiving guests amazed.

  4. 5 stars
    This is the best veggie Plate ive ever seen. That turkey face is great! Ill probably add cauliflower to the back row, but everything eLse looks yummy!

  5. 5 stars
    This looks great. Do you have any designs for a Christmas vegetable tray? Would love to make one for my family Christmas party. Thank you for this thanksgiving one.

      1. 5 stars
        I got the candy eyeballs on Amazon. There are several You can choose. ?Love your decortiv platters!!! Thanks for the Attractive ideas!

  6. 5 stars
    SuPer cute…i make a similar one using leafy lettuce as the “feathers” and i slice an olive and use two slices for the eyes…glus them on with a bit of the dip…all edinle thst way! Thanks!

    1. I find them at Walmart, even Michael’s. They are usually by the Wilton baking supplies. Hope you find them!

  7. Love your cute turkey veggie platter & going to give it a try tonight. How do you affix the face pieces (candy eyEs, carrot beak, etc.) to the pepper face so they don’t fall off?

  8. 5 stars
    saw the turkey veggie plater and had to come see, really love your site. seems very good one for me. Thank You

  9. 5 stars
    How clever! I love the look of it. I just wonder how black olives might work for the eyes? What a tasty turkey!

  10. 5 stars
    I would re share this again. I’ve made this at every friendsgiving for a few at its been a hit. Such a good idea!

  11. 5 stars
    Easy and simple. Family loved it
    However I could find candy eyes so I used black olives. Used tooth picks to pin everything

  12. 2 stars
    Cute, but too many things on this veggie tray my large family would not eat! Cucumbers, red and yellow peppers and snap peas!

    1. You could definitely swap some of the veggies from this tray for ones that your family does prefer! This is what we used but could certainly be customized too! 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    This is so cute! I’ll use it this year when we have a family get together. Better than last year , I’m excited.thank you!

  14. The video ended before you added the eyes. What are the eyes made from and how are they attached to the pepper

    1. The eyes are just candy eyes (the Wilton brand makes them, other may too. You can typically find them in the baking section in most grocery stores). I just rested them on the top, but you could always attach with something sticky like a little bit of peanut butter or even some of the veggie dip (if it’s a thicker dip).

  15. Absolutely LOVE this idea. Super cute and festive and will last all weekend for me and the hubby. I will substitute a mini marshmallow and green gherkin to construct the eyes since I have not need to purchase an entire package of them. But love the color and the impressiveness of this.

  16. 5 stars
    this is great, putting together now. i did not have pretty bell peppers on bottom, so i flipped it over and let the stem be a beak. thought i’d share

  17. 5 stars
    This is so fun! We made one a couple years ago and this year my daughter was asking where the veggie turkey was so I better do it next year!

  18. 5 stars
    I made this on Thanksgiving with my niece and nephew! It was so much fun putting together and the kids are veggies!!

  19. 5 stars
    This is the cutest thing ever and so easy to make!! I love how it’s a healthy snack for all to enjoy. 🙂

  20. 5 stars
    Hello, I’m a wife and mother of 4! I’m always looking for new recipes to try. I especially tune into the desserts! I love this site and also follow on Instagram. I’m always looking forward to the next recipe I can find on here ❤️ -Danielle Lee

  21. 5 stars
    This is incredible! The directions are clear, and simple! Thank you for showing us how to make this amazing platter!

  22. 5 stars
    I love this tray and it would go over well with my family. Just one change for me, I’d go for hummus over the veggie dip.

  23. 5 stars
    Made this cute veggie turkey and my daughter loved making it with me! She even ate some of the veggies which was a win before thanksgiving dinner. So cute and easy!

  24. 5 stars
    This is a MUST TRY!! I know my family will love this as much as I will. I love the entire design and it looks so filling.

  25. 5 stars
    This is so fun. My kids loved helping make this and I loved it was something healthy and delicious they could snack on!

  26. 5 stars
    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.

  27. 5 stars
    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!

  28. 5 stars
    Super cute turkey veggie tray! I put it together with my little 4yo great-niece…super fun memory! Thanks for the inspiration!!