Recipe for crudites of carrots, celeriac, and red cabbage

Sheryl Julian/Globe staff

Serves 4

For many years in France, if you went to a neighborhood bistro and cafe, you would almost certainly see some version of this dish. The French word crudite means raw, but sometimes the dish contains small potatoes that are steamed and tossed with vinaigrette dressing, cooked and grated beets, or slender green beans. This version combines grated carrots with a vinegary dressing, the root celery knob called celeriac, tossed with a mayonnaise sauce, and finely cut red cabbage with a Dijon vinaigrette. Serve them on a little lettuce or frisee or as is, with a crusty baguette.


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5 carrots
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. Grate the carrots into a bowl. Add the vinegar, salt, pepper, olive oil, and parsley.

2. Toss well.


Salt and pepper, to taste
3 teaspoons wine vinegar
1 large celeriac
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons capers

1. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of the vinegar.

2. Peel and halve the celeriac. With a small spoon, scoop out the soft middle (about the size of a walnut). Slice the halves and cut them into thin strips. Drop them into the water and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pat dry.

3. In a bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, mustard, remaining 2 teaspoons vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add the celeriac and capers; toss well. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like.


½ large red cabbage, halved and cored
2 tablespoons wine vinegar or cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 scallions, thinly sliced

1. Slice the cabbage as thinly as possible.

2. In a bowl, whisk the vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in the oil. Add the cabbage, parsley, and scallions. Toss well. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like.

3. On a platter or individual plates, arrange the celeriac, carrots, and cabbage separately. Sheryl Julian

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