Radishes are an early treat from the farmers market or your CSA, and one I didn’t really appreciate until I began to cook with them more regularly and explored different ways of preparing them. I had only ever experienced the spicier bright red radishes you find at the grocery store. Experiencing French breakfast radishes, and later in the summer, watermelon radishes, shifted my opinion dramatically.
Maybe you’re not a big fan of raw, spicy radishes. But I encourage you to try the sweeter varieties you find at a farmers market or to try a new twist on preparing them.
The Recipe: Grilled Radish Skewers with Garlic Herb Butter from I Breathe, I’m Hungry (Recipe is keto-friendly)
Ingredients Needed: Butter, fresh parsley, garlic, salt and pepper
You can easily grill up turnips in the same way that you prepare these grilled radishes, just make sure that you cut them to about the same size so that everything cooks evenly. This recipe calls for par-cooking the radishes in the microwave before grilling (makes it far easier to skewer them!) – the turnips DO NOT take as long as the radishes do to par-cook. Not into using skewers? You can easily grill these up in a veggie basket, you just won’t get those same char marks. These tender, garlicky radishes and turnips were a perfect side to accompany steak.
Ingredients Needed: Arugula, salad greens, sugar snap peas, radishes, Feta cheese. If you choose to make the accompanying dressing, you’ll also need olive oil, dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and garlic.
This crisp green salad offers the best spring flavor: peppery arugula, sweet snap peas, spicy radishes, sweet salad greens, and a lemony garlic dressing. I always tend to put the same standard vegetables in my salads (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers), so it’s a fun chance to play around with my salad components to fit what is in season each week. I topped with pepitas (pumpkin seeds) as I had leftovers in my pantry.
The Recipe: Cream Cheese and Chives Toast with Radishes (Steps are self-explanatory: toast bread, spread, top, enjoy!)
Ingredients Needed: Your favorite bread, cream cheese, fresh chives, fresh radishes, sugar snap peas.
A savory take on toast is an easy way to use your vegetables at breakfast time. Have some extra cream cheese on hand? I chopped 1 1/2 T of fresh chives and stirred them into my half-full container of cream cheese. Spread on toast and topped with sugar snap peas and fresh radishes = delicious.
Ingredients Needed: Radishes, distilled vinegar, white sugar, peppercorns
Quick pickling radishes help keep radishes crisp for a few days longer than they might fresh and adds a sweet and sour tang to the vegetable that some find spicy. Quick pickling is mostly hands-off – combine a few household ingredients in a jar and let sit in your fridge for at least 8 hours. These are great by themselves, on a burger, on a salad or even on your avocado toast.