This super easy vegan thanksgiving turkey veggie tray will be a huge hit for your holiday get together. Learn how to make this quick vegan appetizer that can be ready last minute!
When you are planning out your holiday menu, typically one always puts a fruit and veggie tray on that list. This Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray allows for you to make that with a few little changes to give your guests something to talk about.
People love show-stopping pieces. And this Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Tray is that. It’s a conversation piece and a definite ice breaker.
It’s also an animal cruelty free way to enjoy a turkey on Thanksgiving and so when people inevitably give you a hard time about not eating meat, you can reference that you will grab more of the turkey…vegetable tray.
You can get as creative or simple as you want and feel free to load up on different or even more vegetables they we show in our photo.
This type of holiday vegetable tray has been done endless numbers of ways and we’re just adding a unique spin with our homemade vegan ranch dip and the way we style it.
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What ingredients do you need for a Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray?
This is a veggie tray, so the ingredients as totally up to you in all honesty. You can add more or less or switch up some of the ingredients for some other types of vegetables that you prefer.
For our particular Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Tray we used:
- Baby Carrots
- Bell Peppers (Orange, Red, Yellow, and Green)
- Vegan Ranch Dressing recipe
- Vegan Edible Candy Eyeballs
We also used spinach as a garnish in the back; however, this is optional and not necessary as we know people aren’t going to dip their spinach leaves in dip.
You could also use:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas
- Shishito Peppers
- Yellow Squash
- Green Beans
- Asparagus Spears
- Olives (Black or Green)
Get creative with all your favorite things.
What is the best vegan mayo to use?
Vegan mayo widely varies in taste and what one person may like another may not. We highly recommend that if you have a vegan mayo you already like, that you use that.
We personally love Just Mayo; however, it’s almost impossible to find now. Our next favorite that we have personally tried would be Hellman’s Vegan.
Leave a comment below and let us know what your preference is for vegan mayo!
Are all edible candy eyeballs vegan?
No. We have seen some with confectioner’s glaze or shellac that makes them not vegan.
We were able to find these at Walmart and they do not contain these ingredients. They were store brand.
If you cannot find them, just use black olives for the eyes.
How do you make a vegan Turkey Thanksgiving Vegetable Tray?
We started with a round tray about 13 or 14″ in diameter.
Next, we fan some spinach leaves around the top half. Then, layer cut celery pieces and baby carrots.
Take a red bell pepper and slice about 2 inch off the bottom. This will become your turkey’s face.
After that, we thinly sliced whole bell peppers and removed the stems and seeds from each slice after cutting. Then, sliced each in half. Alternate the colors and line them up on top of the carrots.
Next, slice up some cucumbers and layer them on top of the peppers.
Add your bowl of homemade vegan ranch dip in front of the cucumbers.
Place some cut cauliflower on the sides of the cucumbers and cut broccoli pieces in front of the dip.
Cut a divot out of half a baby carrot to use as the nose. Break a toothpick in half and place the broken side into the carrot and the sharp side in bell pepper as seen in the photos.
Place two edible candy eyeballs on the pepper. If you prefer, you can use pieces of black olives for the eyes instead.
We also like to keep some extra cut up in order to refill the tray.
Is this Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray Top 8 Allergen Free?
The ranch dressing is the only thing we need to consider for this recipe. Make sure that you use a Top 8 Free dairy free milk. We would go with oat milk for this recipe. And make sure to use a soy free mayo.
Can I prep this Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Tray ahead?
Once put together, this tray can take up a lot of valuable space in the fridge all put together. Instead, what we would recommend is cutting up all your vegetables the day before and then making the tray itself the day of your get together.
What other Vegan appetizers could I make for Thanksgiving?
- Nacho Cheese
- Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Taco Casserole(not a traditional appetizer, but it’s great for dipping with chips)
- Vegan Italian Meatballs – make these bite size for easy finger foods
Pin this Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray for later:
Vegan Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray
- 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
- 7 stalks celery, clean and cut into thirds
- 1 bag baby carrots
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 cup broccoli florets more for refilling
- 1 cup cauliflower florets more for refilling
- 1 recipe homemade vegan ranch dressing (sub for store bought)
- To start, if you are making the vegan ranch, make that first!
- Start with a round tray. About 13 or 14" in diameter.
- Fan spinach leaves around the top half.
- Layer cut celery pieces and baby carrots.
- Take a red bell pepper and slice about 2 inch off the bottom. This will become your turkey’s face.After that, thinly slice whole bell peppers and removed the stems and seeds from each slice after cutting. Then, slice each in half. Alternate the colors and line them up on top of the carrots.
- Slice up some cucumbers and layer them on top of the peppers.
- Add bowl of homemade vegan ranch dip in front of the cucumbers.
- Place some cut cauliflower on the sides of the cucumbers and cut broccoli pieces in front of the dip.
- Cut a divot out of half a baby carrot to use as the nose. Break a toothpick in half and place the broken side into the carrot and the sharp side in bell pepper as seen in the photos.
- Place two edible candy eyeballs on the pepper. If you prefer, you can use pieces of black olives for the eyes instead.
- We also like to keep some extra cut up in order to refill the tray.
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