Turkey Fruit Platter

There is no better way to kick off the Thanksgiving festivities than this fun and easy turkey fruit platter! This creative and kid-friendly appetizer (or even dessert!) is a delightful way to sneak some healthy and colorful fruits into your Thanksgiving spread. With its bright and festive appearance, it’s sure to be a hit with both adults and children alike. You can easily customize it to your liking, using a variety of fruits and arranging them in a cute and creative way. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, this easy-to-make platter is sure to impress!

Why You’ll Love This Fruit Platter

It’s super fun to make!

This fruit platter is kid-friendly.

It is so cute!

This turkey fruit platter is easy to make.

It can be served as an appetizer or as dessert!

This platter is a great way to add some extra nutrients into your Thanksgiving dinner!

It is easily customizable.

Equipment Needed

All you need to make this turkey fruit platter is a serving board, cutting board and knife.

Ingredients Needed

Pear: The pear is cut in half and used for the turkey’s body on this turkey fruit platter.

Chocolate Chips: The chocolate chips act as eyes for the turkey. I used mini chocolate chips here! Feel free to use candy eyes or another round food instead!

Carrot: I used a carrot to cut out the beak and feet shapes.

Mixed Fruit: The additional mixed fruit is used for the rows around the pear. You can use any kind of fruit for this. I used strawberries, blueberries, clementine and raspberries. Feel free to mix it up with different colors and shapes!

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Gather your ingredients. Cut your pear in half and place it near the bottom of the board.

Step 2: Cut the carrot into a beak shape and feet shapes. Cut the strawberries and peel the clementine.

Step 3: Add the carrot pieces to the board along with two mini chocolate chips for eyes.

Step 4: Add the strawberries, blueberries, clementines and raspberries in rows around the pear until the board is filled! Enjoy!

Storage

Cutting fruits right before serving this turkey fruit platter is ideal, but if it needs to be made ahead of time it definitely can. I would recommend storing the fruits separately or assembling them on a platter, adding lemon juice (to reduce discoloration) and storing in the fridge no longer than 24 hours.

If you are storing leftovers, disassemble the fruit turkey and store each type of fruit individually in air tight containers to keep them as fresh as possible. An alternative option is to store them all together and make a fruit salad. Consume within 3 days.

Variations

Switch up the fruit that is used for the body! You can use a melon, orange or pineapple slice as well.

For the eyes, feel free to use raisins or blueberries instead of chocolate chips.

For the feathers, use any fruits you desire. Mix it up and make it super colorful or just stick to a few colors and create a pattern!

Expert Tips

In order to keep the fruit fresh, consider sprinkling the platter with lemon juice.

It is optional to use frosting to adhere the chocolate chips and beak to the body!

Recipe FAQ

Can you make this ahead of time? 

Yes! You can make this turkey fruit platter ahead of time. I would recommend making it the same day that you will be serving it for optimal freshness.

What can I use for the body? 

I used a pear for the body here, but feel free to mix it up and try using melon, pineapple or orange!

What is the best fruit for a platter?

Any fruits that you love and enjoy are the best fruits for a platter!

How do you make a pear look like a turkey?

Cut the pear in half and use half of the pear to make it look like a turkey.

How much fruit do I need for 25 guests?

Is it cheaper to buy or make a fruit tray?

It is typically always cheaper to make a fruit tray versus purchasing one at the store. This is a super fun way to do it!

Related Recipes

Be sure to try these other recipes for Thanksgiving:

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Casserole

Pumpkin Spice Twix

Pumpkin Cider

Vegan Pumpkin Brownies

Sweet Potato S’mores Bars

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Turkey Fruit Platter

There is no better way to kick off the Thanksgiving festivities than this fun and easy turkey fruit platter! This creative and kid-friendly appetizer (or even dessert!) is a delightful way to sneak some healthy and colorful fruits into your Thanksgiving spread.
Course Appetizer
Keyword fruit, thanksgiving, turkey
Prep Time 8 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 66kcal

Equipment

  • 1 serving board
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 knife

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pear
  • 2 mini chocolate chips
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 containers blueberries
  • 1 container raspberries
  • 1 clementine
  • 1 container strawberries

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients. Cut your pear in half and place it near the bottom of the board.
  • Cut the carrot into a beak shape and feet shapes. Cut the strawberries and peel the clementine.
  • Add the carrot pieces to the board along with two mini chocolate chips for eyes.
  • Add the strawberries, blueberries, clementines and raspberries in rows around the pear until the board is filled! Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.05mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1727IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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