Thanksgiving Veggie Board

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Updated 2023.

turkey shaped veggie tray appetizer

My take on the classic turkey shaped appetizer dish incorporates lots of veggies to make it so colorful and fresh. It’s a fun and fresh way to start off your Thanksgiving celebration! You know how much I love making festive boards, so be sure to check out my other Turkey Day ideas, like my Cheesegiving Meal Board, Thanksgiving Cheese and Dessert Board, and Thanksgiving Kids Snack Board.

For more autumnal ideas, try my Fall Dessert BoardFall Harvest BoardElevated Fall Cheese BoardCranberry Goat Cheese Ball, Fall Burrata BoardPumpkin Cheese Ball, Caramel Apple Board, and all my other Fall Recipes.

What’s On This Turkey Board?

Here’s how I put together this adorable turkey shaped appetizer board:

  • Start with your dip. I used a basic sour cream dip. Anything would work well here, especially if it’s a white dip. 
  • Place the dip bowl in the middle, bottom half of your board. 
  • Make the tail feathers. I cut multicolored carrots, mini bell peppers, and green snap peas in half lengthwise. Then laid them all out, fanned beautifully alternating colors, so that the flat side is up. 
  • Add purple cauliflower florets where the bowl meets the tail feathers. This creates a fun texture and pop of color. 
  • I added pepperoni and radish slices at the bottom to fill in that section of the board. You can also leave this open if you want. 
  • Place more halved mini bell peppers in the dip bowl to make the inside part of the tail. 
  • Don’t forget your pretzel sticks for legs, cheese triangle beak, and bell pepper end for the waddle! 
turkey veggie tray crudite

Turkey Day Facts, Gobble Gobble!

Thanksgiving was officially declared a national holiday in 1863, just after our country suffered great division and huge loss during the Civil War. The holiday was a way to remind everyone of all that they had to be grateful for and what they shared in common.

The most known commercial turkey purveyor in the US, Butterball, has a Turkey-Talk hotline you can call, day of if you’re having turkey trouble. Just know they probably won’t help much with this cute turkey appetizer! 

One of the biggest reasons we eat turkey on Thanksgiving is because it’s a native bird to the US. Plus its size is best to feed a crowd (bigger than a chicken, smaller than other livestock). But the first few Thanksgivings that were held in Plymouth, Massachusetts did not have turkey on the menu! 

thanksgiving veggie tray appetizer

Need More Healthy Thanksgiving Snack Ideas?

I used a smaller version of this turkey in my Thanksgiving Kids Snack Board with a number of other whimsical Thanksgiving eats.

What Size is This Board?

The board in these photos is 14.5in diameter and no longer available, however, you can check out my favorite round boards for alternatives.

Video How-To Make A Turkey Veggie Tray


Can we call this a CRUD-I-TUR-KEY? This is my fave thing to bring to Thankgiving or Friendsgiving. #thanksgivingfood #feedfeed #foodtok #veggietok

♬ original sound – Meg Quinn

Show Me Your Boards

I hope this post inspires you to create delicious holiday snacks. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the beautiful spreads you create from my tips. If you make something inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttooproudtomeg so I can see and share! 

And, If you liked this recipe, please rate and review.

turkey shaped veggie tray appetizer

Thanksgiving Veggie Tray

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This adorable turkey shaped appetizer recipe makes for a healthy Thanksgiving snack or appetizer.



  • Goat Cheese, Yogurt Dip, or Ranch


  • Small carrots halved lengthwise
  • Mini Bell Peppers halved lengthwise
  • Snap Peas
  • Purple cauliflower broken into florets
  • Radishes thinly sliced


  • Beet crackers (from Trader Joe's)


  • Edible Eyes


  • Add the dip to a small bowl then place it in the center of the lower-third of your board.
  • To create the tail feathers, working from the top of the board. First fan the carrots around the outer edger, then add and slightly overlapping layer of peppers. Next add layers of cauliflower, more peppers, and snap peas making sure each layer gets more narrow as it gets closer to the bowl.
  • Fan the beet crackers around the front of the bowl, then add the radishes to the empty spaces on either side of them.
  • Finally, add a line of 4 or 5 peppers to the back of the dip bowl. Then cut out a beak and waddle shape from leftover peppers, then add them and the edible eyes to the center of the dip to make the turkey's face.
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14 Reviews

  1. Cindy Wallen wrote:

    5 stars
    This board was a huge hit for our Friendsgiving! Everyone loved it so much! I can’t wait for our Christmas and Hanukkah parties. Meg’s boards are always amazing. Her decks and hoodies make great gifts too!

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  2. Amanda Robbins wrote:

    5 stars
    I am a small business owner who sells charcuterie graze boxes. I give back a portion of my sales to local animal shelters and rescues. When I was nervous about starting this business it was Meg who gave me the confidence with all of her video tutorials, recipes, and blog posts! I love all of her recipes and they have helped Inspire my boards.

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      this is amazing! thank you so much for the kind words! continued love and success to you and your business!

      Posted 11.26.22 Reply
  3. Ashlea Orton wrote:

    5 stars
    So cute!

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  4. Jamie Schertler wrote:

    5 stars
    So cute! My 2 year old nephew loved munching on the tail feathers! We also liked that it was a lighter appetizer on a day when we over indulge!

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  5. Debbie Heinz wrote:

    5 stars
    The best!

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  6. Debbie Heinz wrote:

    5 stars

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  7. Jennifer Savino wrote:

    5 stars
    This was such a hit on Thanksgiving! Adorable!

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  8. Pamela R wrote:

    5 stars
    This board was perfect for Thanksgiving snacks.
    Great instructions and easy to follow.

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  9. Karen Lawrence wrote:

    5 stars
    I made this and it was so festive!

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  10. Stephanie Schwartz wrote:

    5 stars
    This came out so cute!

    Posted 11.26.22 Reply
  11. Jennifer Hogan wrote:

    5 stars
    So fun!

    Posted 11.27.22 Reply
  12. Colleen wrote:

    5 stars
    Love the healthy options!

    Posted 11.17.23 Reply
  13. Susan Nesbit wrote:

    5 stars
    So pretty and festive

    Posted 11.17.23 Reply