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What is crudité? It’s an assortment of beautifully cut vegetables & a dip or sauce to pair them with. A few reasons why crudité is fab:
One beautiful platter can replace the need to make multiple appetizers
Healthy (so many raw veggies!)
Stores easily (can keep components in jars or Tupperware for up to a week)
Crowd pleaser - kids, vegetarians, health nuts all love it
An ideal way to practice your knife skills 💪🔪
Great for hosting - can prepare ahead
Ideal for a pre-dinner snack - filling, nutritious, healthy
Pretty! Nothing like a big platter of different colored veggies
Easy to save leftovers for later & spruce up with a few additions
Can be dressed up or down (e.g., as simple as cut carrots & celery, or as decadent as adding fried zucchini, nuts, cheese, crackers, olives, TBD!)
“Is a blank canvas for creativity - or leftovers” - use up whatever you have - jams, cheese, meats, olives
Leftover crudites (which often include items like carrots, celery and peppers) can easily be diced up and incorporated into a soup
Wash & prep lots of veggies
Add a creamy dip or dressing
Add something salty (optional)
Add something sweet (optional)
Crunchy veggies: carrots, cucumber, snap peas, celery, radish
Soft vegetables: tomatoes, olives, green beans, squash, zucchini, asparagus, endive, bell peppers
Creamy dip: hummus, white bean, baba ganoush, pico de gallo, guacamole, mango salsa, spinach artichoke, ranch, cheese spread
Dressings: vinaigrette, green goddess, balsamic
Cooked vegetables: cauliflower, broccoli
Salty: cheese (e.g., feta, cheddar, brie), olives
Sweet: fruit (e.g., apples & grapes), dried fruit (e.g., apricots, sun-dried tomatoes), baguette
Other: nuts, diced or sliced salumi
📝 Notes, Tips & Tricks:
Pronounced “crew-dee-tay” in French
While a “proper” crudité tray only contains raw vegetables, it’s okay to steam or blanch the tough ones for some variety.
Since this is a simple dish, presentation is important. Consider contrasting colors and textures as you arrange.
Store leftover crudité in the fridge - either submerged in water or wrapped in a damp paper towel/napkin inside a plastic bag
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