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Easy Spring Crudites Platter

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This Spring Crudités Platter is the easiest party food platter or appetizer you’ll ever create in 10 minutes or less. Perfect for gatherings, like Mother’s Day or showers, or simply when spring vegetables are at their peak. Minutes to make and utterly gorgeous!

Spring Crudites Platter with Dill Yogurt Dip

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Because honestly, the crisp, beautiful, delicious vegetables do all the work. All you have to do is gather, display, and serve these delicious finger foods for your gathering.

What is a Crudites Platter?

The French have a beautiful way of entertaining, which is the origin of the word, “crudité.”

Like a charcuterie board, (which is also French in origin) a crudité platter is a simple, delicious, and beautiful way to entertain family and friends.

If you love to serve simple platters and boards, you may also enjoy taking a look a look at my Easy Brunch Charcuterie Board.

What does crudité mean?

Essentially, it’s a display of raw vegetables, served as an appetizer, along with dips.

And if you’re wondering how to pronounce it? It’s pronounced: “Crew-Dee-Tay.”

Side view of Easy Spring Crudites Platter with sliced watermelon radishes

What to Love About a Crudite Platter

  • It takes 10 minutes or less to put together
  • Perfect for making and prepping ahead
  • Beautiful for spring gatherings

What is the difference between a Charcuterie Board and a Crudite Platter?

A Charcuterie Board, generally, serves a combination of prepared meats, like cured and hard salami, confit, sausage, and even paté. It’s also often served with mustards, jams, crackers, and other savories.

Unless you serving it for a holiday breakfast, like my Christmas Breakfast Charcuterie Board.

A Crudite Platter, most often, contains only raw or lightly blanched vegetables along with a couple of dressings and dips.

Top view of Spring Crudites Platter

Vegetables for a Spring Crudites Platter

Any combination of seasonal spring vegetables works beautifully. I tend to think about color and composition as well as which veggies look the freshest when I’m at my market.

Here are some ideas on what to include on your spring crudites platter:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Radishes
  • Watermelon Radishes (for beautiful color)
  • Celery
  • Baby Carrots with tops
  • Radicchio
  • Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Sugar Snap Peas

The best advice is to take a walk through your farmers’ market or your best produce market and gather the freshest vegetables you can find. The brighter the colors, the healthier your crudites platter will be.

What is the Difference Between Snow Peas and Sugar Snap Peas?

The USDA defines the difference between snow peas and sugar snap peas in the shape of their pods. Snow peas “have a flatter pod than sugar snap peas and are found in the freezer section or fresh at Farmers Markets.”

Just in case you’re wondering… “Snap peas are also known as sugar snap peas and are a cross between snow peas and garden peas. The whole pod is eaten and has a crunchy texture and a very sweet flavor. Snap peas may be eaten raw or cooked.”

Avocado Hummus for Easy Spring Crudites Platter

Which Dips Work Best for Spring Crudites?

I like to serve at least two varieties of dips with any crudites platter; a creamy-based dip and a more savory dip.

Later in the season or during the summer, I like to make the savory dish a bit more spicy as summer vegetables ripen.

For a Spring Crudites Platter, I choose an herbed ranch dressing — or my favorite 2 Minute Dill Yogurt Dip, with fresh herbs, citrus, and garlic. It’s a 2-minute dip that stays fresh in the refrigerator for about a week. It’s delicious with Roasted Asparagus too!

The savory dip is almost always hummus, which is also easy to make at home. For spring, I love all things green and generally choose my Quick and Easy 5 Minute Avocado Hummus.

Spring Crudites Platter FAQs:

Which vegetables are best for a Crudites Platter?

Use vegetables that are fresh, in season, are finger food-friendly, and contain beautiful colors.

How to keep crudites fresh?

When prepping vegetables ahead for a crudites platter, refrigerate in airtight containers wrapped in damp towels or in ice water.

Do you need to blanch the vegetables?

Most vegetables can be served raw. There are a couple of exceptions where I like to blanch the vegetables for 1 minute. Those are generally fibrous veggies like asparagus, and sometimes peas.

How to Blanch Asparagus and Snap Peas

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, set a bowl of ice water nearby.
  3. Remove the tough ends of the asparagus spears and the stringy ends of snap peas.
  4. Immerse the asparagus in boiling water. Stir at let cook for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from the boiling water and immediately transfer to the ice water. This will stop the cooking process and keep their vibrant color.
  6. Repeat with the peas, or any other vegetables you are blanching for your platter.

How to Prepare Watermelon Radish

I absolutely love adding watermelon radishes to my spring crudites platter. They’re bold and beautiful with vibrant colors.

Slice them preferably with a mandoline with the blade set for 1/16″ thickness. However, a sharp knife, working slowly, can work too. Slice as thin as safely possible.

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Closeup view of Dill Yogurt Dip on a Spring Crudites Platter
Spring Crudites Platter with Dill Yogurt Dip

Easy Spring Crudités Platter

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Spring Crudités Platter is the easiest party food platter or appetizer you'll ever create in 10 minutes or less. Perfect for gatherings, like Mother's Day or showers, or simply when spring vegetables are at their peak. Minutes to make and utterly gorgeous!

Ingredients

RAW CRUDITÉS

  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup whole radishes
  • 1 watermealon radish, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup celery spears
  • 1 cup baby organic carrots with stems
  • 3 to 4 raddchio leaves
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

BLANCHED CRUDITÉS

  • 1 cup asparagus spears
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas

DIPS FOR CRUDITÉS

  • Dill Greek Yogurt Dip (or herb ranch dip)
  • Hummus (like avocado or red pepper)
  • Fresh dill, chives, or parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Arrange the crudites on a board or platter, nestle in small bowls of dips, and finish with fresh herb garnishes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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