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FOOD FUN: Pink Crudités (Raw Vegetables)

For a low-calorie, high-visual Valentine’s Day plate, how about pink crudités?

Specialty produce purveyor Sid Wainer created this beauty with:

  • Breakfast radishes and conventional radishes
  • Chioggia beets (photo #2)
  • Purple potatoes (cooked)
  • Red/purple endive (photo #4)
  • Red jacket potatoes (cooked)
  • Red onion (pickled garnish for dip)
  • Watermelon radishes (photo #4)
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    You can also add: purple cauliflower florets, red cabbage, red bell pepper strips, cherry tomatoes, radicchio (a cousin of red endive), and even some purple or red grapes.

    For a pink dip, consider classic Russian Dressing or Thousand Island Dressing, or this spicy pink dip recipe:
     
     
    RECIPE: SPICY PINK DRESSING OR DIP

    Ingredients

  • 2 cups mayonnaise (full fat)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sherry wine (not cooking sherry)
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon, finely crushed or 1-1/2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce sauce, or to taste
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring or beet juice
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    Preparation

    1. MIX mayonnaise, sour cream, sherry, tarragon, garlic powder and hot sauce until well blended.

    2. ADD a few drops of food coloring to desired shade of pink. If the dressing is too thick, you can thin it with a small amount of milk. Chill well before serving.

    Recipe courtesy Food.com.
     
     
    RECIPE: SPICY RUSSIAN DRESSING

    Some people make an easy Russian Dressing by combining equal parts of chili sauce (or ketchup) and mayonnaise.

    For Thousand Island Dressing, they add pickle relish.

    Here’s a Russian Dressing recipe is on the spicier side, thanks to a bit of horseradish and hot sauce.

    It can be made up to two weeks ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container.

    Ingredients For 1-1/4 Cups

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Heinz chili sauce or ketchup
  • 4 teaspoons bottled white horseradish, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Salt
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    Preparation

    1. WHISK the ingredients, except salt, together. Chill.

    2. TASTE and season with salt, as desired.
     
     
    RECIPE: THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING

    Ingredients For 1-1/4 Cups

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Heinz chili sauce or ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish, drained
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    Preparation

    1. WHISK the ingredients together and chill to allow flavors to meld.

    2. TASTE and season with salt, as desired.

     


    [1] Think pink and make a beautiful plate of crudites (photo © Sid Wainer & Son).

    Chioggia Beets
    [2] Chioggia beets (pronounced kee-OH-juh), also known as bullseye beets, candy cane beets and candy stripe beets.Here’s more about them (photo © Good Eggs).


    [3] Red (or purple) Belgian endive (photo © Melissa’s Produce).


    [4] Watermelon radishes. Depending on the variety, the interior can be various shades and densities of pink or red—or even green (photo © Good Eggs).

     

      




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