February 9, 2023

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Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray {+VIDEO}

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:

Course Appetizer

Cuisine American

Prep Time 20 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Servings 16

Calories 25 kcal

Author Lil’ Luna

  • 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.