The relish tray may be thought of as a remnant of different times and locales. But, I like it and I often make a "relish tray," because I believe it's a great appetizer/hors d'oeuvres, and it goes wonderfully with apéritifs as well.
When I'm cooking for just Significant Eater and myself, I'll make each of us an individual
tray plate - that way neither of us gets shortchanged if one of us turns our back !
From the top, clockwise, carrot sticks, celery sticks, pickled beets, pickled turnips, a cherry tomato, green olives in the middle. (I def could've drained the beets a little better).
Both the pickles are from The Pickle Guys, not some hipster pickle making joint in Brooklyn.