Crunchy Raw Veggies

Radishes_in_basketMy mom used to keep a container of cut up raw vegetables in the fridge: carrots, radishes, celery. She would put them in a bowl of water and they would stay cold and crispy and were just perfect for crunching on the run.



  • celery
  • carrots
  • radishes


Cut up the carrots into long, thin spears. Cut up the celery into one or two-inch pieces. Leave radishes whole. Put celery, carrots, and radishes into bowl and cover with water. Refrigerate. Eat as a snack with or without salt.



  • 2 bunches of radishes
  • 1/2 cup black sesame seeds
  • 2 TBL sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)


In a mortar and pestle or a food processor, crush the sesame seeds and then crush in the salt and sugar. Set aside.

Whisk the gochujang with the mayonnaise.

Set the raw radishes on a plate. Next to the radishes, put a dollop of the spicy mayonnaise and top with the crushed sesame seed mix. Dip the radishes in the spicy mayo.



  • cucumbers
  • salt
  • red chile or cayenne powder
  • lemon


Cut the cucumbers into thin spears. Toss the cucumbers with salt, red pepper and lemon for a great spicy crunch.



  • 1 bunch of carrots
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek or whole milk yogurt
  • 1 TBL harissa paste
  • lemon wedges


Serve raw carrots whole if they are thin or cut them into thin spears. Mix the harissa paste lightly into the yogurt so it looks “marbled.” Serve the carrots with the harissa yogurt and some lemon wedges. This recipe also works well with steamed carrots.


 Peggy O'Mara newPeggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of She was the editor and publisher of Mothering magazine from 1980 to 2011 and the editor-in-chief of from 1995 to 2012.. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four and grandmother of three.

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