Vegetable Crudite Sculpture

The crudite at True Food Kitchen is gorgeous and so much fun to eat! If you haven’t seen it, it looks like a food sculpture. True food art! I created one for my Passover seder last week, and think it would make the perfect snack for Earth Day this weekend! Read on to learn how to make your own Earth Day vegetable crudite sculpture!

You can go as big or small as you want with this. It was super simple to make and you can really customize and create any look you want based on the vegetables you choose.

Vegetable Crudite Sculpture

For my vegetable crudite sculpture, I used:

petite heirloom carrots (I bought mine at Trader Joe’s)

watermelon radishes

asparagus (I bought the microwaveable spears from Trader Joe’s)

Persian cucumbers

endive leaves in various colors

cherry tomatoes

Beautiful romanesco or colored cauliflower, (I have seen purple and yellow in the one at True Food Kitchen), would also look gorgeous in this display. True Food Kitchen also includes broccoli rabe, white string beans, and small lettuce leaves in theirs.

Vegetable Crudite Sculpture

Vegetable Crudite Sculpture

To make your own, follow these steps:

1. Start with a beautiful bowl or container to serve your vegetable crudite sculpture. I used a piece of serving ware from my favorite Spring china set passed down from my uncles who used to throw the most fabulous dinner parties. I love pulling it out this time of year, and because it is a cabbage, it’s just perfect for the holiday and the season!

2. Fill the bottom half of your serving dish with ice cubes. Cover the ice with a piece foil so that it tucks down over the ice, so no cubes are peeking out of the sides.

3. Start by preparing your vegetables. Cut the tops off the carrots and cut in half. Do the same with the cucumbers, but cut into 4 long strips. For the asparagus, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, or string beans, you will want to blanch them for 1-2 minutes, just long enough so they don’t taste raw, but still retain their crunch.

4. Start by sticking the cucumber sticks around the bowl. Continue by adding in the carrots, endive or lettuce leaves, and other vegetables. Add the tomatoes in the middle last.

Vegetable Crudite Sculpture

I served this edible masterpiece with homemade guacamole and store-bought hummus, but you could try my Edamame Hummus, Roasted Garlic Lemon Hummus or this favorite Raw Zucchini Hummus from Kris Carr for other delicious dipping options.

What do you think? Will you try making a vegetable crudite sculpture? What are you eating for Earth Day?