Thanksgiving Turkey Board

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Updated 2021

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 fall and Turkey Day ideas, like my Cheesegiving Meal Board, Thanksgiving Cheese and Dessert Board, Thanksgiving Kids Snack Board, Easy Fall Burrata Salad, Fall Burrata Board, and Elevated Fall Charcuterie.

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! 
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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! 

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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, this round wood platter would be a good alternative. It’s slightly smaller (12in) so note that when gathering ingredients. Other round board options noted in the SHOP THIS POST below.

Show Me Your Boards

I hope this post inspires you to create delicious holiday salads. 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! 

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Thanksgiving Veggie Tray


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



  • Goat Cheese 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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