Basic French-Style Crudités

Crudités with vinaigrette
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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings

This tasty yet basic appetizer, raw marinated vegetables or crudités, soaks in store-bought dressing overnight before serving. The sheer simplicity of it reflects French cuisine: Take a simple ingredient and make it taste exquisite.


  • 2 cups carrots (cut into thin sticks)
  • 2 cups red bell peppers (cut into strips)
  • 2 cups asparagus spears
  • 2 cups celery (cut into thin sticks)
  • 1 1/3 cups Vinaigrette dressing

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash and cut the vegetables.

  2. Keeping them separate put the carrots, peppers, asparagus spears, and celery each into their own bowl.

  3. Toss each vegetable with 1/3 cup dressing, cover, and chill for at least 8 hours.

  4. Drain remaining dressing and arrange the marinated vegetable on a platter.

  5. Serve cold.