When I first started thinking about this post, it was really intended to be about Hakurei Turnips. Sometimes called Tokyo turnips, this type of turnip is often referred to a “salad turnip” because of its crisp and cool crunch and peppery earthy flavor. I once asked a grower, his favorite way to prepare these and he told me he loved to eat them like he would an apple, biting into them raw and whole. So that very day I went home and tried it his way and was so amazed! Crisp, crunchy, juicy, this turnip won me over immediately. If you’re a radish fan, you will love these, I promise!
Many of you have asked for healthy snack ideas, and this Farmers Market Veggie Plate is what I turn to most often. It satisfies my cravings- especially the one where I just want to mindlessly crunch and chew while watching netflix. Make it with one of the several dip options below… Creamy Cilantro Lime, Smoky Paprika Dip, Vegan Cilantro Lime or for those of you watching calories or cholesterol – a healthy, clean option is to forgo the dip altogether and make it Mexican Street Food style. Squeeze lime juice all over the veggies, sprinkle with salt and chili powder. A healthy and satisfying snack!
I love the cooling crunch of radishes and cucumber….so delicious.
This creamy cilantro dip is one of my favorites.
Smoky Paprika Dip is also option.
This vegan dip with with silken tofu is tangy and tasty.
No matter if you go with one of the dips – or the leaner route with lime juice, salt, chili powder and coriander, the point is… fresh raw farmers market veggies are delicious right now! Go out and get some!
Farmers Market Veggie Plate with Dips
A healthy snack plate of farmers market veggies and dips, or try this Mexican Street style with lime, salt and chili powder.
1-2 pounds RAW assorted farmers market veggies ( radish, salad turnips, cucumber, kohlrabi, jicama, snap peas, carrots, tomatoes, peppers)
Smoky Paprika Dip
- ¼ sour cream ( or Mexican Sour Cream)
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika ( or sub chipotle powder)
- squeeze lime
- ⅛ teaspoon salt, more to taste
Vegan Cilantro Lime Dip
- 1 package silken tofu
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ bunch cilantro
- 2 garlic cloves
The BEST Cilantro Lime Dip:
- ¾ cup sour
- ¼ cup mayo
- ½ bunch cilantro
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 lime
- pinch salt and pepper
- pinch chili powder to taste
- other additions – cumin, coriander, chopped cilantro, hot sauce
Arrange chopped veggies on a plate.
Choose a dip or try the lean Mexican Style option.
If making the cilantro lime dips ( either vegan or regular) blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Both of these Dip recipes make bigger batches. ( serves 6)
The Smokey Paprika Dip can be stirred in a bowl with a fork. Serves 1-2
Mexican Style- squeeze lime or lemon over the veggies, season with salt, pepper and chili powder. Sprinkle any additional options – cilantro, cumin, coriander over top.
The healthiest fastest option is to go “Mexican style” with lime, salt and chili powder.
The tastiest option- is the Cilantro Lime Dip with Sour Cream and Mayo.