The Kosmic Kitchen's Late Summer Rainbow Board with Herby Green Goddess Dip
If you’re short on time, savoring the last of summer’s abundance can be as simple as slicing your favorite fresh vegetables, arranging them on a board and whipping up a quick dip. Since most herbs are at their peak this time of year, a green goddess dip is an obvious and addictive accompaniment. We swapped the usual mayo or yogurt in a green goddess dip with the creaminess from an avocado. Use your favorite fresh herbs of the season and, if you’ve never used the green tops of carrots as an “herb,” here’s your chance.
For the Rainbow Board
1 bunch carrots, sliced into lengthwise and tops removed
2 cups fresh snap peas
1 bunch radishes, sliced into lengthwise and tops removed
1 yellow pepper, seeds removed and cut into slices
1 red pepper, seeds removed and cut into slices
2 cucumbers, sliced thinly on a diagonal
1, 6oz package of crackers or crisps
For the Herby Green Goddess Dip
1 garlic clove, smashed
1 avocado, creamy varieties like hass or fuerte work best
1 cup packed basil leaves
¼ cup chopped carrot top greens, optional
¼ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup chopped tarragon
2-3 scallions, chopped
¼ cup olive oil
⅓ cup water
Juice of 1 lemon or ½ tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
Array of fresh or roasted seasonal veggies, sliced
Assemble your veggies on a wooden board or platter, leaving room for a small bowl of the dip.
Rinse the carrot top greens well and set aside if planning to use in the dip.
For the dip, add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Adjust the acid or salt to taste.
Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week in the fridge.
About the Authors
The Kosmic Kitchen is an educational platform with a mission to make kitchen herbalism accessible to all, so that everyone can feel empowered to nourish with healing plants. As herbalists and cooks, Sarah and Summer have experienced first hand the importance of everyday rituals as the foundation to creating a connection with your own power to heal. With teachings grounded in Western Herbalism and Ayurvedic Medicine, they believe that by understanding the basics of the earth’s elements and plants, you can become your own best healer. To find out more about their online and in-person workshops and consultations, and cookbooks, visit their blog, The Kosmic Kitchen or Instagram.