How to Put Together a Mediterranean Crudités Platter

Summer is the time for rooftop parties, outside dinner parties and generally anything outdoors. This hummus trio crudité is one of my favorite “Instagram-worthy” spreads to bring to any summertime social gathering. The spread, with it’s sun-dried tomato hummus, spicy hummus and lemon garlic hummus is easy to throw together and goes well with an assortment of vegetables, pita or other bread. It’s great to give people options, especially for larger gatherings. The trick is all in the arrangement. For example I like to use a large oval platter and serve the dips in small containers in the middle and fan the vegetables out from there. I leave some of the tops on the carrots and some of the radishes. Anything for the aesthetic.

Hummus is an easy dip choice because it’s extremely easy to make and the ingredients are fairly cheap. It can be made in a blender in just a few minutes and I love adding different things like sun-dried tomatoes, lemon, garlic or red pepper flakes. It's a great alternative to a cheese and charcuterie plate

There are always the standard vegetables like broccoli and then there are some under-the-radar options like mini bell peppers or cherry tomatoes. To go along with the Mediterranean theme I typically serve the dips with a side of olives and some nuts.

I like to mix it up every time but here’s a list of good “dip-able” things: 

  • broccoli florets
  • cauliflower florets
  • celery stalks 
  • carrots (I prefer heirloom baby carrots to cut baby carrots for aesthetic purposes)
  • grape or cherry tomatoes
  • thinly sliced cucumber
  • radish, halved
  • sugar snap peas
  • Belgian endive
  • mini bell peppers
  • sliced bell peppers
  • squash blossoms
  • breadsticks (a personal favorite)
  • crostini
  • pita chips
  • crackers

Get the recipes for the hummus trio here:

 

If you’re busy – as most of us are, then you can make the hummus and arrange the platter ahead of time and cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy all the snacks!

 
 

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