A Different Kind of Turkey for Thanksgiving Day: Turkey Veggie Platter

Turkey veggie platter

Make veggies fun with an appetizer so easy that kiddos will love helping in the kitchen...almost as much as they'll love gobbling up their creation!

Create your own version using your favorite vegetables; add olives or pickles, a variety of colored peppers, or follow our recipe below…the possibilities are endless.


Adjust the amount of vegetables depending on the size of the serving platter.

  • 3 large leaves of red lettuce
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • Baby carrots, about ½ lb
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, cut the same length and width as the yellow pepper
  • ½ seedless cucumber, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
  • 1-2 cups grape tomatoes
  • Lite ranch dressing or your favorite dip
  • Two green olives for eyes
  • A small slice of red pepper, or tomato, for the turkey’s beak


  1. Arrange red lettuce leaves over the top half of a large serving plate or platter (we used a 12” plate).
  2. Place a small dish (that will hold the dip) on the other end of plate.
  3. Arrange broccoli florets around bottom of plate and below the dip dish.
  4. Arrange the carrots vertically around the top of the dish.
  5. Arrange the yellow pepper and celery stalks over the lettuce in a vertical row at the top of the plate, alternating between the pepper and celery.
  6. Overlap cucumber slices along the bottom of the pepper and celery.
  7. Arrange the tomatoes between the cucumber and carrots.
  8. Fill dish with ranch dressing or your favorite dip.
  9. Push green olives into dip for the turkey’s eyes and place a small piece of red pepper or tomato lengthwise between the “eyes” for the beak.


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