Learn How to make a veggie tray for the perfect appetizer for parties, Game Day and more. Add your favorite dip and enjoy!

vegetable tray with dip

How to make a veggie tray

I have never been a fan of store bought veggie trays and always make my own. It is super easy, much cheaper and fresher than any of those you can buy. I even make a Pumpkin Veggie tray for Fall.

The few times I have purchased one, I was always disappointed. Either it wasn’t cut into small enough pieces or the quality just wasn’t anything I would serve.

I ended up tossing half and cutting the rest. Sort of defeats the purpose of saving time with store bought huh?

That is why I always make a homemade veggie tray now. Oh and the dip is much better than store bought too.

The entire tray is so easy to put together that you will wonder why you ever used to buy these! Let’s get started and you will see how easy this really is.

How to make the best vegetable tray:

The best veggie tray includes an assortment of vegetables such as carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli and more. You want to always include a dip to complete the tray.

Ranch dip is always a crowd pleaser and a popular choice to include.

ingredients for vegetable tray: dip and assorted vegetables.

What are the best vegetables to use:

  • baby carrots
  • celery stalks
  • cucumbers
  • cherry tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Bell Peppers -You can use any color. I think it is pretty to use an assortment.
  • Assorted Dips
vegetable tray with dip

How to make a veggie tray:

First, you need a platter.

Get all of your veggies sliced, cute or peeled depending on what type of vegetables you decide to use.

Next, start adding the veggies to the tray and grouping in sections.

The last step is to put small bowls of dip on the platter for dipping.

Serve and enjoy. If you are not eating right away, make sure to cover the tray and place in the fridge.

bowl of ranch dip with celery for dipping

Veggie Tray Dips to include:

  • Homemade Ranch Dip – Ranch is the typical dip of choice for vegetable trays. Plus, this homemade recipe is much better than anything you can buy and super easy to make. Make it ahead and store in a mason jar.
  • Ranch Dressing– Prefer a thinner dip? Try using dressing instead.
  • Bean Dip- A great option for a heartier dip.
  • Fiesta Ranch Dip
  • Hummus- roasted red pepper and garlic hummus make great dipping options.
bowl of hummus with vegetables

Tips to making your own veggie platter:

  • Platter- Make sure your platter is large enough to hold all of the vegetables. I have a big glass platter I use for holidays but prefer to use a plastic one with lid for when I am transporting the tray.
  • Don’t make the tray too far in advance. You want the veggies to be fresh. It is fine to make it the night before you plan to use it.
  • Small bites! Cut the vegetables in small pieces so that guests can easily eat this finger food.
  • Assortment- Try to have an assortment of vegetables so everyone will have something they like. Think outside the box of “normal” vegetables and include things like green beans or snap peas.
  • Display- I like to alternate vegetables so that I have a colorful veggie display. For example, I don’t put all the green vegetables together. I try to alternate.
bowls of ranch dip and hummus

Make a veggie tray today!

This is such an easy appetizer and very inexpensive to make. Try making these for parties or holidays.

I like to put out a vegetable platter for guests to snack on while they wait for dinner. It keeps hunger at bay and looks pretty sitting on the table.

Actually, I do this at home too. The kids will eat veggies if they are cut up and ready to go.

Give it a try! I think you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to make a homemade veggie tray.

Print the recipe for easy vegetable tray below:

How to make a Veggie Tray

5 from 3 votes
Learn How to make a veggie tray for the perfect appetizer for parties, Game Day and more. Add your favorite dip and enjoy!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 98
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup celery stalks
  • 1 cup cucumbers sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup Broccoli diced into small pieces
  • 1 cup Cauliflower diced into small pieces
  • 2 Bell Peppers any color, sliced
  • 2-3 Assorted Dips ranch, hummus, etc


  • Arrange the vegetables on a large platter or bowl of your choice.
  • Place the dips of your choice into small bowls and add the bowls to the platter.
  • Serve the veggie tray immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 98kcal, Carbohydrates 7g, Protein 1g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 189mg, Potassium 279mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 3374IU, Vitamin C 60mg, Calcium 29mg, Iron 1mg

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