Pickled Crudité with Green Goddess Dressing

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Author Notes: Green Goddess Dressing adapted from Chez Panisse Vegetables.

Pickled Vegetables adapted from a favorite David Lebovitz recipe for pickled radishes—I use this (…more) —Alexandra Stafford

Makes 1.25 cups dressing

  • 2cups water
  • 2cups cider vinegar
  • 1tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 to 10carrots, stems intact but trimmed, see notes above
  • 1small head cauliflower, cut into florets — think about the size you would want for dipping/eating
  • 1shallot, minced
  • 1garlic clove, minced
  • 3tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1lemon, halved
  • 2anchovies, minced
  • 1avocado
  • 3/4cup olive oil
  • 1/2cup heavy cream
  • 1cup finely chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, tarragon, cilantro, chives, basil
  • For serving: radishes, endive, Treviso, Romaine, Little Gems
  1. To pickle the vegetables: In a large non-reactive saucepan, bring the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil, until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
  2. Meanwhile, place the carrots and cauliflower in a large bowl (or two separate bowls if you don’t want the color of the carrots to tint the cauliflower). Pour the pickling liquid over top. Press with a spatula to submerge. Transfer the vegetables and liquid to storage containers — use separate containers if you don’t wish the cauliflower to turn color. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate. Store for weeks if not longer.
  3. Make the dressing: Place the shallot and garlic in a large bowl. Cover with the vinegar, the juice of half a lemon, and a pinch of salt. Let stand 10 minutes. Add the anchovy and the flesh of the avocado. Mash together with a fork or whisk. Add the herbs. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Taste. You can stop here if you wish or add the cream for a richer taste. Taste and adjust the seasoning to taste with salt (1/4 teaspoon at a time), pepper, lemon or vinegar if necessary.
  4. To serve: Arrange pickled vegetables and other vegetables on a platter. Spoon green goddess dressing into a dip bowl and serve alongside the vegetables
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