Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray


Need a healthy app to snack on before your Thanksgiving feast? Make a Thanksgiving themed turkey veggie tray. It’s super easy to whip up, healthy and so cute!

Over the years I’ve come to realize that every party needs a veggie tray and it’s sort of become my go-to dish. Not only do veggie trays provide a super healthy option to snack on while mingling, they’re really fun to make — especially when you create themed veggie trays for different holidays. A few years ago I made a Christmas tree veggie tray that was a huge hit so this year I decided to try my hand at making a Thanksgiving veggie tray.

Cute turkey thanksgiving veggies tray. Veggies formed to look like a cute turkey as a veggie tray, with a bowl of guacamole.

I mean if a turkey sitting in guac isn’t the cutest Thanksgiving dish you’ve ever seen, I don’t what is!

A couple things to note:

  • I used Wholly Guacamole for this tray which made the prep extra easy. No need to make homemade guac!
  • A round veggie tray is best for the configuration of the turkey. I got mine from Target and love it.

Cute turkey thanksgiving veggies tray. Veggies formed to look like a cute turkey as a veggie tray, with a bowl of guacamole.

I have to give a little shout-out to Maria because she totally took the lead on this one and came up with the fun design for the feathers. She’s a bit more crafty/artsy than me which I so appreciate.

Cute turkey thanksgiving veggies tray. Veggies formed to look like a cute turkey as a veggie tray, with a bowl of guacamole.

I served this for a Friendsgiving party we had at our house and everyone thought it was so cute. The only trouble is that no one was eating it because they didn’t want to mess it up. Be aware that this might happen if you make a themed tray. My advice… just be the first one to load your plate up with veggies. Once one person dives in everyone else will follow.

If you make this Thanksgiving veggie tray please come back and leave a comment letting me know how it turned out and what your party guests thought of it! 🙂

Thanksgiving Veggie Tray

5 from 1 vote
Turn your Thanksgiving veggie tray into a turkey for a fun and healthy Thanksgiving app. 
Cute turkey thanksgiving veggies tray. Veggies formed to look like a cute turkey as a veggie tray, with a bowl of guacamole.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 10


  • 1-2 crowns broccoli
  • 2 heads endive
  • 1 package mini cucumbers
  • 1 bag tri-color mini sweet bell peppers
  • 1 bag carrot chips
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes
  • 1 jicama or package of jicama sticks
  • 1 teaspoon greek yogurt
  • 2 peppercorns
  • guacamole or hummus, a thick dip works best
  • round tray or platter


  • Put the dip in a small bowl near the bottom of the tray. This will be the body of your turkey. If you're using guacamole do this step last/right before serving so that the guac doesn't get brown on you.
  • Before making the veggie tray go through the bag of mini bell peppers and find a good yellow pepper to use for the face. Find another one for the wings, one orange pepper that you can use to cut out the legs and the beak and a red one you can use to cut the red snood.
  • Start placing the feathers around the edge of your platter. We did a pattern of 1 endive leaf (with a mini bell pepper underneath to prop it up and two broccoli florets. Start filling in under the broccoli with cucumber slices. Add a small slice of yellow bell pepper to the center of each endive leaf. Then add a cherry tomato at the bottom of each leaf. Add another layer of carrot chips and cucumber slices.
  • Arrange jicama sticks along the bottom half of the tray.
  • To make the turkey, chop off the top of the yellow mini bell pepper, empty the seeds out and place it upside down at the top of the bowl. Add the wings using half slices of another yellow bell pepper. To make the the eyes we filled a plastic baggie with a couple teaspoons of greek yogurt, cut off the tip and used it to pipe two dots of yogurt onto the head of the turkey. We then situated two peppercorns in the middle of the yogurt dots. We were able to just sit the mini bell pepper beak and snood on the head and they stayed in place on their own. For the legs, grab a orange bell pepper and cut out two legs with little toes. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1serving Calories: 100kcal Carbohydrates: 16g Protein: 3g Fat: 3g Sodium: 181mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 8g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thanksgiving vegetable tray, thanksgiving veggie tray, turkey veggie tray


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    1. James
      November 22, 2020 AT 2:11 pm

      5 stars
      Planning to make this and will take a picture of it on my iPad and pop it up next to it with text saying gobble me up!

    2. Colleen
      November 21, 2018 AT 11:45 am

      This is so cute!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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