aioli crudités platter

Elevate Your Next Summer Get-Together With This Delicious Crudités Platter With Aioli Dip

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aioli crudités platter

As summer approaches, it’s time to think about those warm evenings spent outside with friends. And what better way to enjoy them than with a tasty aioli veggie platter! Served cold, you can prepare it in advance, giving you more opportunity to relax with your guests while munching on delicious seasonal veggies

Crudités Platter With Aioli Dip

Bringing a Taste of France to Your Table

Since moving to North America, I’ve found myself missing the special vibe of European summers: the cozy warmth, the gentle breeze, and the exquisite cuisine are all part of the charm. I also love inviting friends over for an “apéro,” a casual get-together where we enjoy wine and snacks, including veggies and other cold dishes. Crudités platters, cheese boards, and other cold quiches are a must.

When I host one of those gatherings, I like to visit local markets to pick out interesting veggies, such as colorful carrots or radishes. It’s often a chance to discover unique varieties of vegetables like purple endives, radicchio, watermelon radishes, or Nantaise carrots.

Just like any farmers market, you get to connect with the people who grew what you are going to eat in the next hours and this connection makes the food extra special for me. 

But What Exactly Is Aioli?

aioli dip

Originating from Provence, particularly Marseille, aioli is both a sauce and a dish – a culinary emblem of conviviality. While its preparation may vary from one kitchen to another, the essence of aioli lies in its communal spirit – a meal meant to be shared and savored.

Traditionally crafted using a mortar and pestle, the sauce is a rich blend of fresh garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and sometimes egg yolks for richness. That’s for the classic garlicky Provençal dip. 

If you want to find a use for the remaining egg whites, try our Salted Caramel macarons for dessert!

aioli dip recipe

Ideal for a hot summer evening, the dish is usually served with seafood like cod and whelks along with hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, and fresh vegetables.

In this version, I decided to only use fresh colorful vegetables for a vegetarian version. That’s the beauty of it, once you got the sauce made, you can customize your vegetable platter as you wish!

But before we go through the recipe, I have to warn you, only serve a grand aioli platter to people you know well, as your breath will be the most garlicky you’ve ever had! I warned you… 

How To Make a Traditional Aioli

traditional aioli recipe

1. To make an aioli dip, you need to mix an egg yolkDijon mustard, lemon juice, and grated garlic cloves.

2. To that mix, slowly add good quality olive oil and any vegetable oil until it’s creamy and emulsified. Just like a mayonnaise, this process can be done with an electric mixer, a food processor, or even an immersion blender.

We use a mix of olive and vegetable oil not only for economical reasons but also because the taste of just olive oil can be quite pungent. Depending on the type of olive oil you are using, you can adapt the ratio of the two.

Aioli is more than a garlic mayonnaise; the fresh grated garlic adds a bit of heat. The difference also lies in the fact that some purists will tell you that the traditional recipe does not contain eggs. Some will also say that the true aioli is made in a mortar and pestle. Either way, the flavors and conviviality stay the same!  

Crafting the Perfect Crudités Platter With Aioli Dip

Crafting the Perfect Crudités Platter With Aioli Dip

Literally, any vegetables you enjoy will make a good crudités platter! I use a mix of seasonally steamed and raw vegetables to get various textures.

For this platter, I chose asparagus, artichokes, cauliflower, radishes, and endives. Steam what needs to be cooked (but not too much to keep their crunch) and cut the crudités.

You could use green beans, snap peas, Persian cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, or any cooked root vegetables.

Once everything is cooked, cut, and ready, arrange them nicely on a big plate with the aioli in a small bowl at the center of your table. Let your guests pick and choose what they like while they enjoy good company and a glass of wine.

How To Assemble a Provençal Aioli Crudités Platter

In the morning, you can make the aioli dip. Cover the top with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Make hard boiled eggs by plunging them in boiling water for 12 minutes before putting them in an ice bath. This will facilitate the process of peeling them later on.

To evenly bake your fingerling potatoes, always start cooking them in cold salted water. Depending on their sizes, it will take around 12 to 15 min. Meanwhile, steam the veggies and put everything aside.

Right before your guests arrive, cut the remaining raw vegetables and assemble everything on a large platter or plate. Place it on the table, it will act as the prettiest decoration!

aioli crudite platter
aioli crudités platter

Aioli Crudité Platter

Laura Bay
Inspired by French traditions, this easy recipe for an aioli dip and crudités platter is perfect for summer gatherings. It features a creamy garlic aioli paired with a colorful assortment of seasonal vegetables.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

For the Aioli dip

  • 2-3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Crudités Platter

  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 lbs Fingerling potatoes
  • 1 bunch Green asparagus
  • 3 Small purple artichokes
  • 1 Lemon
  • Radishes
  • Cauliflower
  • Endives
  • Any seasonal vegetables that you like

Instructions
 

Prepare the aioli dip

  • In a small bowl, grate finely the garlic cloves and combine with Dijon mustard, and the egg yolk.
  • Add the lemon juice and whisk together until well combined.
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and vegetable oil while whisking continuously until the mixture emulsifies and thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Prepare the hard boiled eggs

  • In a small pot, cook the eggs in boiling water for 12 minutes. Transfer them to an ice bath for easy peeling. Once cooled, peel and slice them. Set aside.

Prepare the vegetables

  • Boil the small potatoes in cold salted water for 12-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Using a steaming basket, stem the green asparagus on top of the potatoes.
  • Cut the steam and clean the outer leaves of the small purple artichokes. Steam them for around 25 minutes.
  • Cut all the raw vegetables to bite size : separate the cauliflower into florets, strip the endives,…
  • Arrange hard-boiled eggs, cooked and raw vegetables on the serving platter and add the prepared aioli in a small bowl.
    Season it all with extra olive oil, sea salt and serve with lemon wedges.

Notes

  • You can customize the crudité platter with additional vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, snap peas, etc., depending on what’s in season.
  • To turn it into a full meal, consider adding seafood like shrimp or shellfish to the platter.
  • You can use a mortar and pestle to make your aioli the traditional way or use an electric hand mixer, food processor and an immersion blender. As long as you add the oils little by little to create an emulsion.
  • If the aioli breaks during preparation, start again with another egg yolk and slowly incorporate the broken mixture as you would with the oil, whisking continuously until it emulsifies.
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An aioli crudités platter is perfect for warm weather get-togethers; do you know what else complements summer hosting perfectly? A delicious charcuterie board: Upgrade Your Hosting Game With This Charcuterie Board With Honeycomb Recipe

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Laura is a passionate cook and recipe creator. Raised in a household where French culinary traditions intertwined with Belgian flavors, she finds true joy in the art of cooking and nourishing others. Whether at home or in a professional kitchen, she can either be found baking, cooking, or enjoying delicious meals!