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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)
    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:


  • 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

    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

    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

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

    2. TASTE and season with salt, as desired.

    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

    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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