Turkey Veggie Tray – A platter filled with colorful, fresh veggies arranged to look like a turkey. Perfect for Thanksgiving celebrations!
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Who else is shocked that Thanksgiving is next week already? Where the heck has the month of November gone?! This year I’m looking forward to dinners with both sides of our family. Let’s hope things feel a little more normal this time around.
Today, I’m sharing an appetizer option that’s not only healthy, but so much fun to serve on Thanksgiving! I mean does it get any cuter than a turkey created with veggies?
Now, I suppose you could just opt for a simple veggie platter with some homemade veggie dip, but I think your guests will really be much more impressed with this Turkey Veggie Tray. There’s no doubt they will “gobble” it up!
HOW TO MAKE A TURKEY VEGGIE TRAY
To make this festive tray, you’ll need:
- Red and yellow bell peppers
- Baby carrots
- Broccoli florets
- Sugar snap peas
- Candy eyes
- Vegetable dip (store-bought or homemade)
Now that you’ve gathered your ingredients, it’s time for the fun part…making your turkey! It may look a little intimidating, but I promise you, making this cute turkey veggie tray is really easy and fun. Just follow the assembly steps below!
Step 1: Wash and cut your veggies. Cut your veggies into pieces that are the perfect size for dipping.
Step 2: Place vegetable dip into a serving bowl. If you bought dip from the store, transfer it into a small serving bowl.
Step 3: Put the serving bowl at the bottom. Place your dip bowl at the bottom of your platter.
Step 4: Layer the snap peas. Form a layer of snap peas around the bowl of the dip.
Step 5: Continue the layers. Add a layer of cucumbers behind the snap peas. Then, carrots, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers and broccoli.
Step 6: Make a turkey face. Cut the bottom off of one of the red bell peppers and place it in the bowl of dip.
Step 7: Make a beak. Cut a notch out of a baby carrot to make the beak.
Step 8: Make the snoods. Make the snoods using a piece of the yellow bell pepper.
Step 9: Add the eyes. Place your candy eyes at the top of the red pepper for its eyes (feel free to use a little veggie dip to help them stick).
WHAT KIND OF PLATTER SHOULD I USE?
Since you are making your veggies into a turkey, you won’t use a traditional veggie tray with sections. Instead, you will want to use a flat platter like a charcuterie or cheese board. I just used a large, round pizza pan.
WHAT DIP SHOULD I USE?
But, you can also use ranch, hummus, guacamole, or any dip you like. Here are a few of my other favorites:
CAN I USE DIFFERENT VEGETABLES?
Absolutely! The layers of veggies create the feathers for your bird, so you can use any combination of veggies that you choose. Different veggies will give the turkey a different look. Experiment, play around and have fun!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS
If you have leftover veggies from your turkey veggie tray, store them in the refrigerator.
I like to place each vegetable in its own separate plastic baggie and place it in the fridge. Be sure to put your dip in an airtight container and store that in the fridge as well.
Try and eat your veggies and dip within 2-4 days.
READY FOR MORE THANKSGIVING FUN?
- Reese’s & Oreo Turkey Treats
- Wide-Eyed Turkey Cupcakes
- Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Streusel Topping
- Pumpkin Pie Cake Bars
- Printable Thanksgiving Napkin Holders
- Cranberry Fluff
- Pumpkin Dump Cake
- Easy Sweet Potato Casserole
- Twice Baked Mashed Potato Casserole
- Air Fryer Turkey Breasts
Turkey Veggie Tray
A platter filled with colorful, fresh veggies arranged to look like a turkey. Perfect for Thanksgiving celebrations!
- 3 red bell peppers
- 2 yellow bell peppers
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cucumbers, sliced
- 1 cup snap peas
- 2 candy eyes
- vegetable dip
- Wash your vegetables and cut them into pieces that are perfect for dipping.
- Transfer your vegetable dip into a small white serving bowl.
- Place serving bowl toward the bottom of your round serving platter. (I used a large pizza pan.)
- Form a layer of snap peas around the bowl of dip.
- Continue with a layer of sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, and broccoli florets.
- Prepare the turkey’s face by cutting the bottom off of one of the red bell peppers.
- Gently place it in the bowl of dip.
- Prepare the beak by cutting a notch out of a baby carrot.
- Use a piece of a yellow bell pepper for the snoods.
- Position the candy eye balls at the top of the red pepper for the eyes.