Summer Crudités with Avocado Dip
Seamus’ cleaned-up answer to chips and guac, this crunchy veg and creamy, slightly-spicy dip combo is our new summer favorite.
for the avocado dip:
3 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
zest and juice of 3 limes
1 garlic clove, grated on a microplane
1 tablespoon finely minced serrano chile
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup plain full-fat greek yogurt or labneh
1/4 cup pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds), toasted
coarse sea salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
for the crudités:
8 radishes, quartered
1 handful green beans or runner beans, lightly blanched and shocked in ice water
1 small handful asparagus, lightly blanched and shocked in ice water
1 cup cherry tomatoes
2 celery stalks, cut into 3-inch pieces
1 rutabaga, cut into paper-thin slices on a mandoline
1 cup sugar snap peas, lightly blanched and shocked in ice water
1 bunch tricolor carrots, halved lengthwise
1. To make the avocado dip, in a mortar, combine the avocados, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, and chile. Gently pound with the pestle until just mixed. Add the olive oil, yogurt, pepitas, and a pinch of salt and pound and stir until almost smooth but still somewhat chunky. Alternatively, pulse all the ingredients in a food processor. Season with salt.
2. Place crushed ice in a large bowl and nest a small bowl in the middle. Fill the small bowl with the avocado dip and top with the cilantro.
3. Place the crudités around the small bowl, sticking them into the crushed ice. Serve immediately.
Originally featured in A Chef on Two Ways to Cook with Avocado (Hint: It's Not on Toast)