Make this year’s Thanksgiving appetizer a work of art with this Turkey Veggie Tray! It’s a creative way to include colorful veggies on the table. I’ve also included more holiday vegetable platter ideas for Halloween and Christmas too!

You can easily put together the veggies and serve with the best homemade ranch dip recipe (I have shared mine below!). It is the perfect way to eat your veggies!

broccoli tomatoes carrots celery pepper strips laid out on a board to look like a turkey

RELATED: Don’t forget the fruit! We make delicious fruit platters and serve them with this fruit dip. Kids love to dip apples in this brown sugar apple dip.

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I am always on the lookout for things that encourage eating fruits and veggies.  That’s one reason why I love creative veggie platter ideas. I have also found dip can easily entice even the pickiest of eaters. You will find these ideas are a great way to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Everyone will Eat Their Vegetables with These Veggie Platter Ideas

One way to get kids to eat more healthy food is to make them fun! These clever veggie platters are a great way to serve up vegetables and homemade ranch dip! No need to load up on holiday sweets! Vegetable platters and relish trays are fun for sure!

Turkey Veggie Tray

Need a thanksgiving veggie tray? This is the cutest turkey veggie platter! It is almost too cute to eat. But don’t worry, it will get gobbled up! Just follow these simple instructions and you’ll have one in no time perfect for Thanksgiving!

To make the turkey head slice off the bottom of a bell pepper.  Cut a hole in the pepper and slip two strips of yellow bell pepper through the hole. Cut a triangle piece of red pepper for the waddle. Two royal icing eyes finish off the turkey face. Make legs out of long carrot sticks, cutting tiny triangles out at the bottom of the carrot. Place the “turkey legs” into the dip.

turkey vegetable tray on wooden board veggie tray idea

Arrange a variety of vegetables like carrot and celery around the small bowl of dip to make the body and feathers of the turkey vegetable tray.

We like red yellow, green and orange bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, green and black olives, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and celery. You know the normal items you find on vegetable trays. You only have to include your favorite veggies.

hand pick up carrot from the veggies laid out to look like a turkey

Holiday Veggie Tray Ideas

I love this scarecrow–perfect for a fall party. It even has oreo crows. There are so many veggie platter ideas to try.

veggies look like scarecrow head
Scarecrow Vegetable Platter

Christmas Veggie Tray

Party platters are an easy dish to bring for all of your special occasions. Broccoli and grape tomatoes make the perfect Christmas tree to serve along with homemade ranch dip.  Stacked slices of the yellow bell pepper cut from the bottom of the yellow bell pepper make a star for the tree while carrot slices make the perfect tree trunk.

broccoli cherry tomatoes and carrot strips in the shape of a christmas tree
veggies in shape of wreath


This skeleton veggie tray complete with a small bowl of ranch dip for the head will make a spooktacular display of raw veggies at your Halloween party! If you aren’t a fan of mushrooms try cauliflower.

veggies that look like skeleton
pumpkin vegetable platter
Pumpkin Vegetable Platter

So many fun ways to have a delicious holiday and share healthy finger food or you might say crudité. Charcuterie boards and veggie trays are easy party food that can be made ahead of and kept in the refrigerator.

I hope you loved all these relish tray ideas! Be sure to serve with a variety of flavorful dips in small bowls for your next party! Don’t miss our must-have dip recipe below.

The BEST Homemade Ranch Dip For Veggie Trays!

Now you need an amazing creamy dip! In minutes you can whip this up and the best part you know what is it.

Grab some sour cream and add a few spices and you have ranch veggie dip… that you know the ingredients! The recipe is so easy you can get your kids to make it.

homemade ranch dip in white bowl with carrot

I have found that the more I involve my kids in helping to make their food, the more enthusiastic they are about eating new foods and being adventurous eaters. If getting your child to eat more veggies is one of your goals, these holiday vegetable tray ideas are a fun way to present veggies and make them irresistible.

Just a few ingredients to make a super yummy homemade veggie tray dip! And don’t forget to print this recipe card for the party, I guarantee guests will ask!

turkey veggie tray
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Ranch Dip

Serve with veggies or on baked potatoes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes


  • cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Measure out all the ingredients.  Mix all together and enjoy. This dip is best when made the day before.  If serving immediately I sometimes pump up the flavor by adding an extra 1/4 teaspoon of all the ingredients except the salt. An extra pinch of salt is enough.


Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 16
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

Now you are ready to dig in!

homemade ranch dip carrot dipping into dip

What’s your favorite holiday recipe? Share it with me in the comments! Here is my homemade ranch dressing recipe it is another way to enjoy vegetables.


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  1. These are such fun ideas to display veggies! I feel like kids are more likely to eat them when they are fun looking, which is always a win if my girls are eating veggies! Can’t wait to make this for Thanksgiving.

  2. This ranch dip is awesome and I totally love the tray ideas! Saving this for all the holidays!

  3. I think having a veggie tray is so important on a holiday table as it balances out all the rich food and gives people more options when they want to eat a bit more healthy! The turkey veggie tray is just so cute!

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