Easy game day inspired Veggie Trays are perfect for any occasion or party! Grab your friends and gather around for good food.
Veggie Tray ideas
After the start of a new year, I always try to focus a little more on what our family eats.
One of my favorite ways to serve vegetables is on a big tray or charcuterie board. You can add just about anything you want and it only takes a few minutes to put together.
Once you’ve prepped all of the veggies, you can arrange them in any kind of fun design you want. Sometimes we stick with something really simple and sometimes we put a little more time & energy into our spread.
game day veggie platter
I love that veggie platters served with Marzetti® Veggie Dips are great for any occasion!! We always make sure we have a vegetable and fruit tray at every get together, our family loves them!
Since we like to make these vegetable platters for game day, we wanted to share how we did it.
PREP. Rinse all veggies. Chop up the broccoli and the celery. Cut four strips of yellow bell pepper (you can always slice the rest and put around the long edges of the platter).
ASSEMBLE. Line the short edges with celery. Add the carrots in a football shape in the center of the platter. Fill the remaining space with broccoli.
GARNISH. Add the bell peppers to look like the stitching on a football. Line the edge of the football with cherry tomatoes.
Serve with your favorite Marzetti® Veggie Dip, and ENJOY!
Vegetable Tray dips
Even though store-bought tips work great for these trays, we do love to make some homemade veggie dips too.
Some of our favorite include:
TIPS + MORE VEGGIE Options
How to hollow out a bell pepper: Hollowing out a bell pepper is a lot like hollowing out a Halloween pumpkin. Start by cutting the top off of the pepper. Use a spoon to scrape the inside of the pepper to remove all the “white” lining as well as the seeds.
Any vegetable dip can be used to fill the bell peppers.
Favorite Veggies: Here are a few more of our favorite veggies including the ones I used in this post to add to your vegetable platter:
- Carrot Sticks (or baby carrots)
- Broccoli Florets and/or Cauliflower Florets
- Celery sticks
- Bell Peppers (yellow, red, green, orange) or mini peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes (or grape tomatoes)
- Snap Peas
- Green Beans
Sprinkle trays with fresh herbs and spices for decorative purposes.
How to Store? To STORE this dish you can disassemble the veggies into their own individual groups to put in the fridge, or you can cover the pan and refrigerate it as a whole.
Can you make this ahead of time? You can assemble this platter the day before and keep it loosely covered in the fridge.
Can I add crackers? If you decide to add crackers, cheese or ham to the platter to make it more of a charcuterie board, you can assemble the platter the day before with meats and cheeses, but add the crackers right before serving.
For more veggie appetizers:
Veggie Tray Recipe
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 1 pound broccoli florets
- 10 ounces cherry tomatoes
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- Rinse all veggies. Chop up the broccoli and the celery. Cut four strips of yellow bell pepper (you can always slice the rest and put them around the long edges of the platter).
- Line the short edges with celery. Add the carrots in a football shape in the center of the platter. Fill the remaining space with broccoli.
- Add the bell peppers to look like the stitching on a football.
- Line the edge of the football with cherry tomatoes and serve with your favorite Marzetti® Veggie Dip. ENJOY!