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What to put on a Relish Tray

If you want an easy appetizer for the holidays then this modern relish tray is a simple and unique party idea. Learn what to put on a relish tray, how to make it look gorgeous. Whether you are using a traditional or vintage relish tray or want to make something a fancy veggie platter, this guide will show you how your tray can be more than just olives and the odd pickle. The perfect appetiser before the thanksgiving turkey!  
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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Picking a Tray

  • You can use any tray you like for your relish tray. 
    Go traditional with a compartmentalised crystal dish. Use a metal drinks tray, a beautiful wooden tray or find a large platter.

Picking containers

  • Raid your glasses cabinet for a mixture of glasses, intersperse them with ramekins and maybe some small metal bowls for an eclectic modern look.

What to put on a relish tray

  • Black olives
  • Pickled onions
  • Halved radishes - Leave a little bit of green on the top to add interest. 
  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Cucumber batons
  • Pickled beets
  • Cream cheese stuffed cherry peppers - You can buy them pre-stuffed from the deli counter or buy them in a jar and stuff them yourself.
  • Purple kalamata olives and stuffed green olives. Or some of those oversized Sicilian olives would also be perfect!
  • Picked mushrooms or a mushroom bruschetta mixture. You can buy these from the deli counter or see note 1 for a link to a recipe.
  • Artichoke hearts drizzled with garlic oil.
  • Lightly pickled green beans. See note 2 for a link to a recipe.
  • Mini gherkins.


  1. This recipe for Mushroom Bruschetta makes a great add-on for the relish tray.
  2. This is my favourite Pickled Green Bean Recipe.
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