Thanksgiving is the day to hang out with family and eat lots of good food. Oh my! That means someone has to do A LOT of cooking. Fortunately, we’ve been lucky enough to host Thanksgiving just once. We have had it pretty easy and only need to prepare one side dish this year. Only one dish you say? I know, pretty lucky, right? So why not make that one dish super special?
Last year, somewhere in Pinterestland, I found a magnificent display of a veggie turkey tray and decided to make my own version to take to our family gathering 2-1/2 hours away.
Veggie Turkey Tray
This version is on a smaller scale and uses veggies that I’m sure my family will eat.
- Carrot Sticks
- Cucumber Sticks
- Cucumber Slices
- Red Bell Pepper
- Green Bell Pepper
- Red Leaf Lettuce
- Yellow Squash
Okay … they didn’t eat the yellow squash.
We washed, chopped, and bagged the veggies the day before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving morning, we had fun creating our Veggie Turkey Tray.
The tray had a diameter of 14 inches. Just big enough to share with 20 people. (Of course, there was tons of other food too.) We started with a bed of red leaf lettuce, followed by cucumber sticks and carrot sticks. Then we placed the yellow squash as the turkey’s head and arranged green and red bell pepper and olives around the head. Next, we placed cucumber slices around the base. We used toothpicks cut in thirds to attach olive eyes and a red pepper wattle. I think we may have even used a bit of the yellow squash to make a beak.
Add a little ranch for dipping and you’re set to go!
Doesn’t it look appetizing? You just can’t help but eat your veggies when they’re arranged to look like a turkey!
Have fun creating and Happy Thanksgiving!