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Crowd-Pleasing Crudités

Crowd-Pleasing Crudités

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Crowd-Pleasing Crudités recipe excerpted from Mostly Plant-Based Platters & Boards by Lea Dixon. Photo by Lea Dixon.

Crowd-Pleasing Crudités

Lea Dixon
Course Appetizer
Servings 12 people

Equipment

  • 1 24" Round Paddle Board

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces vegan tzatziki
  • 1 small small head radicchio, for radicchio bowl
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 3 ounces spring salad mix
  • 10–12 spears roasted asparagus 
  • 12–14 French green beans
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 10–12 rainbow carrots, halved
  • 8–10 mini sweet peppers, halved
  • 12 green endive leaves
  • 6 red endive leaves
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 4–6 radishes, sliced
  • 5 or 6 white mushrooms, sliced
  • 6–8 baby corn cobs, halved
  • 10–12 grape tomatoes, some halved and some whole
  • 3 or 4 scallions, trimmed and halved
  • 1/4 cup shelled and cooked edamame
  • Microgreens, for garnish
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
  • Fresh curly parsley, for garnish

Instructions
 

For radicchio bowl:

  • Remove any outer leaves that are browned or wilted from the radicchio head. Cut just above the stem so that you can pull off the leaves easily. Remove 3 or 4 leaves and stack to form a round bowl.

For roasted asparagus: 

  • Preheat the oven to 400–425°F. Wash, peel, and trim your asparagus, then slice them into bite-size pieces and toss onto a baking sheet. Coat the asparagus evenly with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add a dash of za’atar seasoning, if you like. Roast in the oven on the center rack for about 25 minutes.

For crudités:

  • Put the tzatziki in a radicchio bowl and the ranch dressing in a small ceramic bowl; place them on the board.
  • Spread the spring salad mix in a bed across the bottom of the board and surrounding the dips.
  • Place the longest and bulkiest vegetables first: the asparagus spears, green beans, cauliflower, rainbow carrots, and sweet peppers.
  • Continue to fill in with the smaller vegetables like the endive, cucumber, radishes, mushrooms, baby corn, tomatoes, scallions, and edamame.
  • Garnish with the microgreens, basil, and parsley.

Notes

Mostly Plant-Based Platters & Boards by Lea Dixon (© 2023). Photographs by Lea Dixon. Published by St. Martin's Press.Recipe reprinted with permission from Mostly Plant-Based Platters & Boards by Lea Dixon (St. Martin's Press, 2023). Photography by Lea Dixon.
Keyword Asparagus, Cauliflower, English cucumber, French green beans, Lea Dixon, Mostly Plant-Based Platters & Boards, ranch dressing, tzatziki

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