A Veggie Platter for Thanksgiving
A veggie platter for Thanksgiving Day is a brilliant way to get your little guests involved in the holiday, encourage more vegetables, and increase the health quality of the day.
There’s nothing like a platter full of ready-to-eat crudité to help stave off the munchies while the turkey roasts in the oven.
I’ve been offering this vegetable platter, shaped like a turkey, for years. The first year, I made it. Then, I realized that “making a turkey out of veggies” was something my youngest guests could do with ease. Ever since, I just purchase the ingredients, lay out the platter, pull up the picture, and let the kids assemble it.
Not only is it a nice activity to get the kids involved in the holiday festivities, it also serves as an ice breaker. You see, some of my guests only see each other once or twice a year, so I’ve found gathering around the kitchen counter to work on a quick project for Auntie Jill helps all the little guests warm up, start talking, and even segue into another fun activity they come up with on their own.
If you haven’t done a vegetable platter in the shape of a turkey, this is the perfect year to give it a try!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this Veggie Platter:
Grape tomatoes, 1 pint
6 stalks of celery, washed and cut in 3-4 inch lengths, and split in half
2 cups of baby carrots
6 radishes, thin-sliced
a jar of baby cornichons, drained
1 can whole black olives, drained
1 jar green olives, with pimentos, drained
Arrange the tomatoes, olives and radish on a large white platter, as outlined in the picture.
I used the olives, tomatoes, and radish for the main body. The carrots, celery and Cornichons made up the “feathers.” Of course, you can re-arrange the veggies any way you see fit.
I used a fresh sprig of thyme for the tail. I happen to always have fresh thyme on hand for my turkey, so that’s what I chose to use. Fresh rosemary would work as well.
I like to serve a few dips alongside this gorgeous vegetable platter—such as hummus, cream cheese or a yogurt-based ranch dip–it encourages the kids to gobble up the goods.
What is your favorite way to serve vegetables on Thanksgiving?
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: November 16, 2016
Updated on: March 28, 2017