Summery Ways To Step Up Your Veggie Crudité

You may be wondering, how can raw veggies compete with grilled meats during a summer BBQ? In turn, we ask you, who said crudité’s have to be boring and tasteless?

We’re about to share some tips that will take your crudité to a whole new level. Think fresh, grilled and fried veggies, homemade dips, and creative presentation that will have your friends hovering around the appetizer table instead of the grill.

Which Veg to Choose?

It’s all about the color. Look for unique color variations on seasonal veggies, like purple cauliflower, red carrots, yellow squash, watermelon radishes, yellow grape tomatoes, etc. Head to your local farmers’ market for the widest selection of colors.

Switch up tastes and textures with fresh, grilled, and even fried options. Choosing seasonal varieties will ensure the best flavor and freshness. For this summer season, one way to combine all four preparations could include: freshly sliced carrots and radishes, grilled asparagus, and fried squash blossoms.

For the grilled veggies, stick to varieties that will remain firm after a flip on the grill. Our top picks include asparagus, carrots, and summer squash. You could even grill these earlier in the day and set aside, as you’ll want to serve them at room temp.

Summer-y Ways to Spice Up Your Veggie Crudité

For those of you with more kitchen confidence, add fried veggies to your platter. Making the batter and frying takes more time and effort than chopping raw veggies, but they’ll definitely stand out. Practically any veggie that’s grill-able can be fried; however, frying works best for more delicate options, such as squash blossoms.

Styling Your Veggie Crudité

Prep and primp the veggies: For fresh and crunchy veggies, keep them submerged in cold water for one hour before plating and serving.

Get into the garnish game: Make it look whimsical! Create a unique presentation by sparingly placing edible flowers, reserved carrot tops, or pea tendrils around the veggies.

Play around with plating: Seek out an unusual platter, slate or wooden serving board, and bowls for dip. Arrange veggies in which ever color combinations look appealing to you. For a more organized, clean look, group carrots next to carrots, broccoli next to broccoli, and so on. If you prefer a more playful set up, randomly scatter veggies around the serving platter, topping with fun garnishes, mentioned above.

Summer-y Ways to Spice Up Your Veggie Crudité

Don’t forget the dip!

All of these dips can be made a day ahead of time and stored in the fridge. Bring the dips out about 30 mins before serving to take the chill off.

Easy Hummus: This is a classic dip, and for good reason. Hummus is super simple to make. In a food processor, combine 1 can of garbanzo beans, 1/4 cup tahini, 1 garlic clove, juice of 1/2 a lemon, and salt and pepper to taste. If you’re in a bind, buy hummus give it an upgrade with a sprinkle of za’atar or cumin. Btw, this would be the perfect dip to accompany our Quick Falafel!

Mint & Pea Dip: Into a food processor, blend 2 cups of either freshly blanched or frozen green peas, ½ cup of mint leaves, juice from 1 lemon, 1 garlic clove, and a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Before the mixture becomes completely smooth, drizzle olive oil into the mixture while food processor is on, until you see the mixture start to unify.

Summer-y Ways to Spice Up Your Veggie Crudité

Avocado-Yogurt Dip: You’ll never want to eat store-bought ranch again with this simple, yogurt-based alternative. Mash an avocado and stir into 1 cup of Greek yogurt. Chop a few tablespoons fresh herbs, depending on availability and your preference–parsley, cilantro, dill, chives, and/or mint work well. For more of a ranch-y taste, go heavy on the dill and chives. Add to the avocado-yogurt mixture along with a minced garlic clove. Squeeze half a lemon or lime. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and combine all the ingredients.

Summer-y Ways to Spice Up Your Veggie Crudité

Miso Dip: Using 1 cup of Greek yogurt as a base, add 2 heaping spoonfuls of miso. We prefer white miso, as it’s the most mellow of the various miso colors. Add 1 minced garlic clove, 1 small glug of rice vinegar, and a little honey for sweetness. Stir all the ingredients together, then add salt to taste.


Did we miss any of your go-to crudité tips and tricks? Share them with us in the comments, or show us by tagging your photo #confettikitchen on Instagram!

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