This post was compensated by Acorn Influence. However, all opinions, ideas and content are my own.
Whenever the weather gets warmer, I find myself craving fresh vegetables. I’m constantly trying to think of new ways to prepare and serve my summer farmer’s market finds. One of my absolute favorite ways to eat vegetables is raw! I especially love serving them this way when I have a party or when I’m having company for dinner. A crudités spread is the perfect appetizer because it doesn’t require cook time, and you can prepare it in advance. All you need are some delicious vegetables and a great dip. It took me some researching, arranging, experimenting and tweaking to come up with the perfect crudités platter. Here are my tips so that you can create a stunning, hassle-free crudités table that will be the highlight of your summer get togethers.
First, I headed to a farmer’s market and bought a bunch of in season vegetables. I primarily chose veggies that had their greens still attached. I made sure to pick a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Next I headed to Walmart and picked up this delicious Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus that I found near the deli and cheese section. Sabra has a larger 17 oz size that is absolutely perfect for entertaining. Finally, it was time to head home to assemble my crudités table.
6 Tips for Creating the Perfect Crudités Platter
- Find an exciting dip! The dip is the centerpiece of your crudités platter and can make or break the visual effect you are going for. I love hummus on crudités tables, because it highlights the flavor of the vegetables, is more filling than other dips, and of course…it is delicious. I recommend trying Sabra’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, because the flavor is amazing and the pop of red in the center of the hummus is visually stunning on a crudités plate.
- Select vegetables that look like they came straight from a garden. Skip veggies like baby carrots that scream “you found me in a package”. Opt for veggies that still have some greenery intact. I found some organic rainbow carrots with beautiful, long stems, radishes with pretty leaves and mini bell peppers. I kept some of the greenery on the vegetables when I arranged them on the tray (after washing thoroughly), and even saved some of the pretty carrot greens for decor.
- Pick vegetables that are in season. In season vegetables typically taste better and look prettier, not to mention the prices usually make my wallet happier. I feel they also contribute to the overall tone of your party food array.
- Create Depth by Layering the Platter. Add depth to your platter by layering your vegetables over leafy veggies like I did with the purple kale and carrot greens. After arranging vegetables in sections, reserve a small vegetable to layer over the sections around the dip (I used some colorful grape tomatoes). This gives the tray additional depth and breaks up the sections so it has that imperfectly perfect feel.
- Color. Coordinate and try to include both warm and cool tones, as well as dark and light colors. When I was picking out veggies, I would place them next to each other in the cart and kept switching them until I found a variety of colors that looked beautiful together. When arranging, I usually put similar/same colors across from each other on the tray.
- Variety. Add variety to your crudités table, not only with veggies that have different textures, flavors and colors; but also by adding some cheeses, nuts, dried fruit, bread and crackers. It gives your guests a lot of flavor combinations and really puts the finishing touches on your table.
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