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Following a recent trip out of town, where one of our most memorable meals started with complimentary crudités, I began to notice that many magazines featured a crudite plate with recipes for various dips and vinaigrettes to accompany them. Since returning home, preparing fresh vegetables and attempting to artfully and enticingly display them on a platter has become a favored early evening routine, usually just for our family, but on occasion we have also served them as antipasto to friends.
As well as crudités, pickled vegetables have been appearing as an appetizer option on restaurant menus with increasing frequency, so I decided to transform our pre-dinner produce plate with the addition of pickled vegetables for a recent dinner party.
Since it was a busy day, filled with cleaning the house, horse riding lessons, a special breakfast with the kids and picking up their friends for a sleep over, I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Rather than muddle my way through the steps of preparing a pickling brine, I conveniently reached for my bottle of De Nigris Seasoned Italian White Wine Vinegar with Italian Herbs. After sampling a small amount from a spoon, I knew it would be a perfect compliment to the fresh seasonal vegetables. The tartness balanced impeccably with a slight sweetness, and the flavorful herbs.
As a child, cucumbers steeped in vinegar was a summer time dinner staple, so naturally that was the first vegetable I reached for.
After blanching green beans and a beautiful assortment of radishes, I drizzled them with the vinegar. All this was done minutes before our friends arrived, allowing the vegetables time to marinate while guests were being greeted, purses taken, and cocktails mixed.
QUICK PICKLED VEGETABLES
Assorted vegetables of your choice
1 bottle of De Nigris Seasoned Italian White Wine Vinegar with Italian Herbs
Peel and chop vegetables as needed, blanching any you would like. Cover vegetables in Vinegar, let marinate to taste.