Rainbow Veggie Tray

Do you want to make a rainbow veggie tray to bring to a potluck? Do you need a rainbow crudité platter for a Pride party?

Read on for all the details how to take your hummus and veggies from blah to brilliant. And let’s make a rainbow veggie tray!

tomatoes, radishes, peppers, carrot sticks cucumber slices, celery, and purple cauliflower florets arranged in rainbow order with a small bowl of mauve colored dip on a square wood tray.

Ingredients by color

When I’m making a rainbow crudité platter or rainbow fruit tray, I usually just see what’s seasonally available when I’m in the grocery store or, even better, wandering around the farmer’s market. But here are some ideas for rainbow vegetables to look for:



  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Red bell peppers
  • Radishes


  • Carrot sticks
  • Orange bell peppers


  • Yellow bell peppers
  • Yellow carrots
  • Yellow cherry or grape tomatoes


  • Cucumber slices
  • Celery sticks
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Broccoli florets


You could use butterfly pea flower powder in a dip, although the blue can be off-putting because there are few blue foods. Check out the blue bread I made, and see what you think.


  • Purple cauliflower
  • Purple carrots
  • Purple radishes

Rainbow crudité tips and tricks

Crudité, pronounced “crew-dee-tay”, is a French plate of raw vegetables served with a dipping sauce. America’s Test Kitchen suggests 4 to 6 ounces of veggies per person and a quarter cup of dip.

Peel or wash your veggies well, then decide whether and how you’ll cut them. Leave tomatoes whole so they don’t make a mess. Cut other vegetables into sticks, slices, or florets to make them easier to grab and dip.

This is not the time for small bites like you’d chop to eat this rainbow salad with a fork. The goal is for fingers big and small able to grab things cleanly. And no double dipping!

Put at least one dip like this red kidney bean hummus or canned tuna dip in the center or side of your rainbow veggie tray. Then arrange your veggies in rainbow order, starting with red, orange, green, and then purple.

Related rainbow recipes

Do you want more rainbow food? Check out other rainbow recipes from the Ugly Duckling Bakery archives like:

Are you an adventurous home cook looking for inspiration in your weeknight meals and weekend baking? Get inspiration here:


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