Thanksgiving Veggie Tray Ideas for Turkey Day


By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN

Say yes to these Thanksgiving vegetable tray ideas! The turkey veggie tray designs are easy to make, and it's hard to say which turkey veggie tray is the cutest. Which turkey veggie platter will you create?


This adorable turkey crudités platters are sure to make anyone on your guest list say, "gobble, gobble!" Plus, the veggie platter ideas make it so much fun to munch on vegetables come Thanksgiving day.


Here are two Thanksgiving vegetable tray ideas that are pretty quick to whip up. Plus, they're great activities to rope the kiddos into helping you with.


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Why Thanksgiving is the Best Holiday Ever


Thanksgiving is pretty much my favorite holiday ever. In a normal non-COVID-19 world, My family spends several days celebrating it. We even have a Thanksgiving No. 2 on Friday, during which we dig into the leftovers with our family friends!


I've been celebrating the holiday with the same couple dozen friends and family for as long as I can remember. Of course, the crew has grown over the years, as friends have gotten married and had friends of their own.


Below is a photo of my childhood friends and I–I'm the one at the front!–celebrating Thanksgiving together when we were very, very young!


We're not too far away from Thanksgiving day, so it's a perfect time to talk about what to whip up for the dinner table to pair with those green beans.


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Turkey Veggie Platters are So Easy to Make!


Thanksgiving with my family involves several traditions, from cinnamon spice muffins to pesto spaghetti squashA couple of years ago, my mom and I started a new tradition: preparing a yearly turkey vegetable tray.


As a pescatarian, this is a way for me to get my turkey fix during Thanksgiving—and is a great way for guests to fill up on nutrient-rich veggies.


After that initial year, making a Thanksgiving veggie platter has become a yearly tradition for us. The turkey out of vegetables is a really cute turkey veggie tray recipe, and kids tend to love helping you put it together in the kitchen.


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Hello, Thanksgiving Veggies!


Because I love Thanksgiving so much, I'm going to share not one but two Thanksgiving vegetable tray recipes with you. They're both super easy to make and great to pair with a cottage cheese spread, a yogurt veggie dip, ranch dip, or hummus.


Each year, we serve the platter alongside the other appetizers, and the veggies always go really quickly—although no one ever wants to eat the turkey's little olive eyes!


Need more Thanksgiving recipe ideas? Your wish is my command! Take a look at my Thanksgiving meal planner, and check out these healthy recipes for Thanksgiving.

How to Make Your Veggie Turkey


Ready to make a kid-friendly Thanksgiving turkey platter? If you can't get your hands on all the ingredients, don't worry.

You can swap out the yellow squash for a yellow pepper, for instance. And if you can't find the green bell peppers, sugar snap peas would also work. I do think the green pepper hair is cute, though!


The important part is that you get to make this cute turkey face for your Thanksgiving dinner!


These veggies fit into almost anyone's diet, including if you're following a plant-based diet or a clean-eating plan. The best part? All the veggies in this party food recipe can be used raw, so there's no need to use any boiling water for the preparation!

I can't wait to hear what you think of these Thanksgiving turkey veggie platter ideas. Did your kids help you make the easy Thanksgiving appetizers?


Now, go ahead and print out the below recipe card so you can pair the quick and easy crudite platter with a cheese board and cream cheese!


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This post was updated in November 2020.


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I'd love to hear from you! Let me know if you whip up one of these vegetable platter ideas. Which of these vegetable platter ideas do you think is the cutest? What are your Thanksgiving family traditions? 


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Thanksgiving Veggie Tray Ideas

Thanksgiving Veggie Tray Ideas

Yield: 20 servings
Author: Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Prep time: 40 MinTotal time: 40 Min
Say yes to these Thanksgiving veggie tray ideas! The turkey vegetable tray designs are kid friendly and so easy to make. Which turkey vegetable platter will you feature at your holiday meal?


Thanksgiving Veggie Tray #1
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 2 kalamata olives
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 2 seedless cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 pound celery, de-stemmed and sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
Thanksgiving Veggie Tray #2
  • 1 ½ cups green olives (I used garlic-stuffed ones)
  • 1 ½ cups kalamata olives
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups celery, de-stemmed and sliced
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups baby carrots
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers
  • ½ yellow squash


Thanksgiving Veggie Tray #1
  1. Vertically halve the squash; slice off a small portion off the bottom, and set aside. Stack the squash two halves in the center of the tray.
  2. Place celery pieces around the top portion of the squash; then place baby carrots in a layer on top of the celery, leaving a gap at the top of the celery so some is visible.
  3. At the bottom of the tray, set cucumber slices around the squash.
  4. Slice remaining yellow squash into "legs," and place underneath the squash's body.
  5. Slice olives in half, using the pieces as eyes and feet.
  6. Slice the peppers, using the red bell pepper bottom as the turkey's headpiece. Place remaining pepper rings on top of this, setting aside a small bell pepper piece to cut into a triangle for the turkey's nose.
  7. Enjoy with your favorite dip!
Thanksgiving Veggie Tray #2
  1. Place the tomatoes in the center of a large oval tray. To the left of the tomatoes, place the broccoli; place the kalamata olives below the tomatoes.
  2. Arrange the cauliflower to the right of the tomatoes, placing sections of green olives below and to the right of the cauliflower.
  3. Above the broccoli, place a small row of green olives; next to that and above the tomatoes, arrange the celery slices.
  4. Place the baby carrots to the right of the celery and above the cauliflower. Halve the yellow squash vertically, then slice the top piece in half horizontally and again vertically. Use half of what's left as the turkey head.
  5. Place a kalamata olive as the nose and a kalamata olive slice as the eye.
  6. Use a roasted red pepper piece as the mouth, and place the remaining roasted red peppers below the cauliflower.
  7. Slice off two small vertical pieces from the remaining squash, making a triangle indent for the feet. Then place these pieces at the bottom of the turkey, below the kalamata olives.

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