Farmers Market Vegetable Tray

This farmers market vegetable tray will look great at any party or get together. This post is shows you just how easy it is to pull together.

I have actually zero plans this weekend. Well, besides having a couple of my daughter’s friends to our house for a sleepover. But they’re 12, so basically that means Pitch Perfect + cupcakes and nail polish = good times.

But I bet you all have plans, so if you’re going to a party this weekend and maybe you have to bring a veggie tray… why not turn some heads with a stunning {if I don’t say so myself} masterpiece? It’s super easy and colorful!

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Making a veggie platter is a lot like flower arranging in a way. Pick your favorite veggies and plug away. I tend to go for veggies with color. Reds, purples, oranges and browns… all these colors make for a beautiful platter.

what you'll need

Gather all the things you want, wash, trim or scrub them so they’re ready. I’m using a woven basket like platter that only helps add to the whole farmer’s market vibe.

first... the cabbage

I found the idea to use a cabbage head as a dip bowl on Pinterest. There weren’t any step-by-step instructions so I took a stab at it…


First, I trimmed off majority of the root-end so it would sit pretty flat but the leaves remained intact.

remove outer leaves and save

See those pretty, frilly outer leaves? I carefully removed and set them off to the side.

slice of the top

Then with a sharp knife I slide the top portion off, exposing the inside of the head of cabbage.

make an X

With a paring knife I made and X, but leaving a few outer layers untouched.

hollow out

Use a spoon to hollow out the center, leaving you with a bowl… so cool, huh?

arrange those outer leaves

Remember those outer leaves you saved…

adjust them to fit the cabbage

Place those back under the cabbage to mimic a cabbage that has been pulled from the ground and ready for dip. Adjust them better, this wasn’t the final look… but you see what I mean.


Center the cabbage head on your tray and then strategically place the cauliflower all around the base of the cabbage dip bowl.

fill in the spaces

Fill in all of the empty space with parsley, radicchio, carrots…

tomatoes... parsley


asparagus... mushrooms

Asparagus… mushrooms…

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Last but not least, fill the cabbage bowl with a really good dip. Like this one from Simply Organic. Get creative and fill in any spots with greens, lettuces or fresh herbs. And POOF! like that you have a cool and colorful veggie tray!

For the amounts and dip instructions for this farmers market vegetable tray by clicking the link above.


Enjoy! And if you give Farmers Market Vegetable Tray a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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27 Responses to “Farmers Market Vegetable Tray”

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    simi — August 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Absolutely Gorgeous pictures, I love the platter

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    Paula - bell'alimento — August 30, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Absolutely love this! Just gorgeous.

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 30th, 2013 @ 11:34 am

      Thank you Paula! šŸ™‚

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — August 30, 2013 at 11:30 am

    So pretty! I’d add radishes to mine because I love the pink color. This is seriously beautiful though. I love it!

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 30th, 2013 @ 11:35 am

      Kelli the funny thing is, I HAD radishes… but they wouldn’t fit. But I agree… radishes would’ve been beeeautiful!

  4. #
    Kathryn — August 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Oh so pretty! This is such a great party idea too.

  5. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Laurie, this is SO gorgeous! I’ve never seen a veggie tray look that beautiful before. I have got to try that brilliant cabbage bowl for my next party. Lovely ideas, thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — August 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    This is so stunning!! Beautiful job!!

  7. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — August 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Love, love, LOVE all of the colors! And that cabbage bowl is way too cute!

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    Tieghan Gerard — August 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    All these colors are so pretty!! This no doubt the best veggies tray I have ever seen. It it gorgeous! Oh and that cabbage dip bowl is so creative. I love it!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 30, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    This is the most gorgeous veggie tray I have ever seen!! Love the dip bowl! And hey, that sleepover sounds totally fun to me!

  10. #
    Sheila — August 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Laurie. GAsp. this is GORGEOUS! You are so talented polka dot period. Amen.

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    .Rina@Itheecook — September 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    So purdy!!! Love the use of the cabbage.

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 1st, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

      Thank you Rina!

  12. #
    Bill — September 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

    There’s nothing like fresh vegetables. I’ve always love snacking on raw vegetables and this try is so beautiful! Great photos and awesome post!

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    Katie — May 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Beautiful! How do you prep asparagus for a veggie tray? It’s not good raw right? We always grill it which would be too messy…

    • Kat replied: — May 9th, 2019 @ 10:09 pm

      I read that you blanch it to retain perfect color…but that wont cook it. Boil it for 2 minutes and immediately dunk into ice water.
      I LOVE asparagus but not sure I would like it uncooked like that…

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    Steph Thoreson — August 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    It’s darling!! Where did you get your basket??

  15. #
    Joann Miedel — December 8, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Do you blanch the asparagus first?

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    Jackie — April 19, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    You are too precious! Thanks for sharing!

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    denise — March 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I am worried that the cabbage with tink the color of the dip. How far in advance of serving do you recommend for filling th cabbage? I am not a fan of pink vegetable dip LOL

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 12th, 2017 @ 3:52 pm

      Probably the morning of would be safe. šŸ™‚


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