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Turkey Fruit Platter

turkey shaped fruit tray with pistachios, grapes, banana chips, and pear and carrots on round white platter on wood background

This post was originally published November 2014 and was updated in October 2019 with new photos and a video!

 

fruit platter in the shape of a turkey on a white serving tray

This is such a fun and healthy Thanksgiving appetizer – make a turkey shaped fruit platter! Use a pear for the body, baby carrots for the beak, wings, legs then add red and green grapes, pistachios, banana chips, and chocolate covered raisins. Plus there are so many other fruit and nut options listed!

turkey fruit platter with pear for the turkey’s body and carrots for the beak, wings, and legs

Ingredients to make a thanksgiving turkey shaped fruit tray

  • Serving tray or platter (I round a large white round platter)
  • half of a pear
  • 2 baby carrots
  • candy eye balls
  • pistachios
  • red grapes
  • green grapes
  • banana chips
  • chocolate covered raisins

Want more fruit & nut options?

Incorporate these fruits…

  • apple slices
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • kiwi slices
  • mandrain oranges
  • pineapple pieces
  • cantaloupe pieces
  • dried cherries

Or incorporate these nuts / other finger foods…

  • peanuts
  • almonds
  • pecans
  • walnuts
  • pretzels
step by step how to make turkey shaped fruit tray with pistachios, grapes, banana chips, and pear and carrots on round white platter on wood background

How to make a turkey thanksgiving fruit platter

  • Cut the pear in half and place in the center of a platter.
  • Cut out the beak, wings, and legs from baby carrots using a sharp knife.
  • Add the beak and wings to the pear using toothpicks. Place the turkey carrot legs at the bottom of the pear.
  • Use a dab of honey to secure the candy eye balls to the pear.
  • Arrange the pistachios around the pear.
  • Arrange red grapes.
  • Arrange green grapes.
  • Arrange banana chips.
  • Arrange red grapes.
  • Arrange chocolate covered raisins.
  • Arrange green grapes.
  • Fill in the rows with extra fruit / snacks so it looks fuller. Serve!
turkey shaped fruit tray with pistachios, grapes, banana chips, and pear and carrots on round white platter on wood background

More snacks to serve alongside your turkey fruit platter

Turkey Cheese Ball
Pretzel Turkey Centerpiece Treat
Vegetable Turkey Platter
Turkey Kiss Cookies

turkey shaped fruit tray with pistachios, grapes, banana chips, and pear and carrots on round white platter on wood background

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Turkey Fruit Platter

Turkey Fruit Platter

Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This is such a fun and healthy Thanksgiving appetizer - make a turkey shaped fruit platter! Use a pear for the body, baby carrots for the beak, wings, legs then add red and green grapes, pistachios, banana chips, and chocolate covered raisins. Plus there are so many other fruit and nut options listed!

Ingredients

  • Serving tray or platter (I round a large white round platter)
  • half of a pear
  • 2 baby carrots
  • 2 candy eye balls
  • pistachios
  • red grapes
  • green grapes
  • banana chips
  • chocolate covered raisins

Instructions

  1. Cut the pear in half and place in the center of a platter.
  2. Cut out the beak, wings, and legs from baby carrots using a sharp knife.
  3. Add the beak and wings to the pear using toothpicks. Place the turkey carrot legs at the bottom of the pear. 
  4. Use a dab of honey to secure the candy eye balls to the pear. 
  5. Arrange the pistachios around the pear.
  6. Arrange red grapes.
  7. Arrange green grapes.
  8. Arrange banana chips.
  9. Arrange red grapes.
  10. Arrange chocolate covered raisins.
  11. Arrange green grapes.
  12. Fill in the rows with extra fruit / snacks to make it look fuller.  Serve! 

Notes

Want more fruit & nut options? Try these..

  • apple slices
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • kiwi slices
  • mandrain oranges
  • pineapple pieces
  • cantaloupe pieces
  • dried cherries
  • peanuts
  • almonds
  • pecans
  • walnuts
  • pretzels

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63 comments

  1. This is so creative! I love that you did this, and you should totally do the Turkey Trot. It is the best way to start the big day.

  2. We have a turkey trot here too, and every year I think about it, but then… NAH I am with you it is a day to stay in and relax. That turkey platter is so freaking adorable! Pinning it, mom’s everywhere will be making this over the next few weeks.

  3. This is so stinkin cute! All of the kids would love it!

  4. These are totally adorable Beth!! Love them!!

  5. This is adorable! This would be the perfect healthy snack for Thanksgiving!

  6. Super adorable and perfect for all of the kiddos to get in some nutrition before all of the desserts on Thanksgiving. Don’t feel bad if you don’t run the turkey trot. I love running but there is no way that I would ever want to do it on one of my favorite holidays. I agree with you that the yule log and fire sound way more fun!

    • Tori, you’re totally right, I might like running but why run on one of my favorite holidays? I have 363 (minus christmas!) other days for that!

  7. OMG, this is the cutest little turkey ever :) I know a few kids (and adults) who would go nuts for this. What a fun and healthy Thanksgiving idea!

  8. What a cute idea….why not just make 2, one to keep and look at for the day and the other for the kiddies to eat ?
    They would love that……and besides eat healthy too :) you are so creative…..

  9. First off….I can’t handle how cute these are. Second, every year on Thanksgiving morning, we run in a race called the Gobble Wobble which is run (mostly walk) around the lake where my parents live. Everyone that lives there joins in along with my cousins! Right after the run we head to my Nana;s for coffee and cinnamon rolls, just in case we weren’t going to consume enough calories that day!

  10. Oh my goodness, Beth! This is so cute! I need to make this for Thanksgiving!

  11. Super cute Beth!!! My nieces would love this!

  12. I always think about dong our towns turkey trot, and the parade and sleep always win out – this is SO cute Beth

  13. This is so cute Beth! I can see it at a children’s holiday table or party :) Too cute

  14. Run or Walk the Trot! They usually benefit a local charity. This is how I convinced my brother to run a 1/2 marathon: Worst case we walk for 3 hours and 15 minutes! So 15 minutes- you got this! laura

  15. This is darling. I think I might try it with banana chips to avoid the browning problem.

  16. You are all about the cute Thanksgiving recipes, Beth! This turkey is beyond adorable. Love it!

  17. It is getting colder in the mornings too for that turkey troy so I don’t blame you. You are the ruler of making cute and dcorative food for the holidays. I love this. very unique!

  18. I totally get that you want to relax on Thanksgiving morning. That’s what holidays are for, right? You can always run that mile another day! :) This turkey fruit platter is the cutest! Pinned!

  19. My kids would love this! They love fruit plates. Very good idea! Pining it.

  20. Hi there! I followed you over from #SITSBlogging. This is adorable! Will definitely be adding this to my menu this month!

  21. I wouldn’t want to get up early and run on Thanksgiving day either! ;) I vote for staying in and devouring this super adorbs turkey instead!

    • That would be a great alternative since it’s healthy :) but I am sure I would follow it up with a donut!!

  22. I love this idea. It’s such a great visual presentation. I know my boys would love to compete at who could eat the most of the turkey. Brilliant!

  23. Don’t the apples and bananas turn brown sitting on the platter untreated?

    • Hi Peg! If you plan on eating the fruit from the platter, I wouldn’t worry about treating the apples and bananas – hopefully your guests will gobble it up!

  24. I have no doubt my menagerie would love this on Turkey Day, Beth – Pinned!

  25. I don’t normally go for this kind of thing, (food arranged like animals or whatever) I’m in the UK for starters and we don’t have Thanksgiving, but this is just so cute I find myself loving it!

  26. How did you keep the chopped apples and sliced bananas from turning brown? Lemon juice? Sugar water? Crushed Vitamin C tablets mixed with water? What’s your secret, Beth? I need to know!

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