Crudites and Cucumbers


Last week I wrote what I bought at the farmers market, and Enrico commented that he was curious how I used my loot — “carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes and beans..blueberries and tomatoes?�

My friends’ 3-year-old was having a birthday party and they asked me to help with the food. For the kids, I made two kinds of sandwiches: peanut butter-and-jelly and turkey-and-jarlsberg. For the adults, I did cucumber-mint and goat cheese-chive. For everyone, we did a fruit salad (blueberries, peaches and bananas with simple syrup and mint) and for the adults, we did crudite: two kinds of beans (yellow and green), two kinds of carrots (yellow and orange) and zucchini.

(By the way, the dipping sauce is an tangy avocado sauce from Rick Bayless’ new cookbook “Everyday Mexican,” and I wasn’t that happy with the consistency… it was a little runnier than I would have liked.)

So, Enrico, there’s the blueberries, cucumbers, carrots, beans and zucchini.

My sister is in town visiting, so I had my parents over for dinner last night and we had radishes for hors d’oeuvres with bread, salt and butter. The tomatoes were as a side dish, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic and sprinkled with basil and sea salt.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Reading this I was wondering, did you use cucumber slices or grate and mix in the cucumber? My 3-yr would actually love this – yes, even more than the PBJ sandwiches. She loves both cucumber and any kind of cheese.

  2. I sliced the cucumbers on a mandoline. You get butter and cream cheese to room temperature, then mix in chopped mint. Then you spread on that on one side of the bread and top with cucumber slices.

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