holiday fruit + veggie tray: perfect for everyone

For Thanksgiving, we had a small dinner while watching Harry Potter. I helped myself to some salad, potatoes, veggies, Martinelli’s, and snacked on this amazing tray I had put together.

As the vegetarian of the family, I also have severe food allergies. I’ve not been able to eat any kind of nut or tree nut since 2009 (as well as seafood and shellfish, but as a vegetarian, that’s no big!). I got the inspo, though, from all the cheese and charcuterie (meat) boards I’ve seen on Pinterest. I just had to try my hand at one with the fruits and veggies we had on hand.

Here’s what I gathered for my makeshift cheese/charcuterie board (aka my fruit + veggie tray) that the entire family loved:

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fruit and veggie tray recipe: cheese, tomatoes, grapes, mandarins, snap peas, radishes, strawberries, celery, carrots, bananas, and pomegranates.

simple fruit + veggie tray

20 minutes


  • 1/2 block of pepper jack cheese
  • handful of red cherry tomatoes
  • one vine of whole grapes
  • 3 Halos (mandarins)
  • handful of snap peas
  • 8 radishes, cut in half
  • 10 strawberries
  • 3 celery sticks
  • handful of baby carrots
  • 1 whole large banana
  • 2 pomegranates
  • a cutting board or tray for serving


  1. Wash and dry all fruits and veggies.
  2. Cut block of cheese in half. Then cut into half a centimeter (one millimeter) pieces. Place on board in S-shape.
  3. Put cherry tomatoes in bowl. Place in the cheese S-curve.
  4. Cut pomegranates. Place seeds in bowl, place in cheese S-curve.
  5. Put down the rest of the fruits and veggies, excluding mandarins and banana.
  6. Cut or peel mandarins. Place on board.
  7. Chop banana when ready to serve. Place on board.
  8. Serve!

Recipe Notes


By the end of Thanksgiving night, the tray was gone!

It may be simple but its beauty is grand. It’s a great idea for gatherings, such as the holidays, but really a staple at any dinner party since it can be adjusted to fit any allergies, intolerances, and lifestyles. It’s also a great way to make sure any fruits and veggies getting ready to go bad get eaten!

Until next time!

Hi, I’m Jade Madison!

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