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This clever turkey veggie tray is a festive and colorful appetizer display that brings a healthy balance to your holiday dessert indulgence. Best of all, kids love it!

turkey veggie tray on counter
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Turkey Veggie Platter

As you can probably imagine, this turkey vegetable tray for Thanksgiving is always a hit! Placing fresh, colorful, healthy veggies as a turkey-shaped veggie tray is super simple to do, yet so creative! It’s the perfect appetizer to kick off your Thanksgiving menu and is a fun twist on your regular fruit and veggie platter.

The kids will love dipping into one of these platters especially when you add their favorite dip. This customizable turkey vegetable tray is an inexpensive way to serve a crowd and easy enough to do in just 20 minutes!

decorating turkey veggie tray

Assembling the Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray

To start, grab a large circular or oval-shaped platter and a small bowl or ramekin. Grab your veggies out of the fridge and if you haven’t washed them yet, do so and allow them to dry.

  1. Set up. Place the bowl in the center at the bottom of the platter. Fill it with your favorite dip.
  2. Turkey body. Cut the bottom of a yellow bell pepper off and place two candy eyes on two bumps on the bell pepper end. Use a small sliver of red bell pepper for the beak and cut out more yellow pepper for the wings. Slice the carrots for the feet.
  3. Lettuce. Place lettuce leaves around the outer edge of the platter. Lay them flat side by side but a little overlapping is fine. Fan them out like turkey feathers.
  4. Celery. Line celery stalks beside one another and layer them around the platter just below the lettuce leaves.
  5. Cucumber. Place slices of cucumber just below the celery in the same fashion.
  6. Bell pepper and carrots. Keep going you’re almost done! Layer the red bell pepper sticks first followed by the baby carrots.
  7. Black olives. Last but not least, add them to the bottom of the tray before serving.

Tip: Make sure to use the pictures as a guide. I love making mine this way, but it’s your platter, so you can have fun with it!

turkey veggie tray on counter

Tips & Variations

  • Wash and cut your veggies ahead of time for faster assembly. Keep them crisp by placing them in a Ziploc bag with a paper towel to absorb the moisture.
  • Keep them in the vegetable crisper in your fridge for a few days until you’re ready to use them.
  • To assemble the platter ahead of time, cover the dip with plastic wrap and leave off the olives and turkey face until just before serving.
  • Use different veggies. You can follow the color scheme by swapping the cucumber for broccoli, the red bell pepper for charry tomatoes, and Kale or collard greens for the lettuce leaves.
  • You could also do a completely different color pattern and arrange the veggies any way you like.
  • Make this entire platter using fruit instead! Strawberries, kiwi, oranges, you get the idea. Use this funfetti dip to pair with it!

Favorite Veggie Dip Ideas

turkey veggie tray with dip

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turkey vegetable tray

Turkey Veggie Tray

5 from 2 votes
Author: Jamielyn Nye
This clever turkey veggie tray is a festive and colorful appetizer display that brings a healthy balance to your holiday dessert indulgence. Best of all, kids love it!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 12


  • 1 baby romaine lettuce
  • 1 stalk celery , sliced into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 english cucumber , sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper , sliced
  • 8 ounces carrots , sliced
  • 1-2 cups black olives

For turkey dip:

  • 1 cup dill dip
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 mini yellow pepper
  • 2 candy eyes
  • 2 baby carrots


  • Wash vegetables, slice and allow to air dry. Gather a large oval or circle platter. Place bowl for the dill dip in the bottom center of the platter.
    bowl of dill dip on white plate
  • Then cut the bottom of the bell pepper off and place at the top of the bowl. Place two candy eyes on top and cut a little sliver from a red bell pepper to make the beak. Then slice the mini pepper in half for the wings. Next slice the carrot in half and carve out the feet. Then place onto the bottom of the bowl.
    cutting bell pepper on cutting board
  • Start at the top of the plate and add the romaine lettuce all around the top. Then layer the celery and cucumber.
    decorating turkey veggie tray
  • Next add the bell pepper and baby carrots. Place olives on the bottom of the platter and serve.
    turkey veggie tray on counter


Dill dip: For the bowl I love to use this dill dip or ranch dressing. You could even use a hummus
Make ahead: This veggie tray can be made ahead of time. Cover the dip with plastic and wait to add the olives and bell pepper turkey on top of the dip until ready to serve.


Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3873IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

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