I’ll set the scene. It’s late March and the aisles of your local grocery store are filled with a garden of earthly delights. There are plenty of peas, no shortage of strawberries and plenty of asparagus. But you skip them all, get a little overzealous, and fill your fridge with (arguably the best) spring vegetables. Now you must be asking yourself: what can i do with radishes? Answer: The possibilities are endless.
I know because I’ve been there. I can’t remember a time in recent history when I walked into my local co-op unprepared to indulge in all the edible inspiration I would find. Of course, 2020’s #toiletpapergate was stressful to say the least, and my mind was definitely elsewhere. But beyond that, I always found my curiosity piqued and my cravings satisfied in every aisle. Walk into a supermarket or take a trip to the farmers’ market and you’re suddenly faced with a rainbow-hued onslaught of nutrient-dense and flavor-packed options. Plus, with all the produce popping up throughout spring, it’s the best time of year to take a deep dive into all the good things that are fresh and blooming.
So let’s dive deep, we must. I’ve rounded up my top 10 favorite recipes for when you can’t stop raving about radishes. Get ready for pesto, pickles and salads galore – you’re in for something good.
Featured Image by Kristen Kilpatrick.
What can I do with radishes, you ask? These 10 recipes are the best place to start.
Radish & Butter Toast from The Original Dish
Why we love it: One of my favorite snacks/apps is a classic French “dish” (it’s more of an arrangement). Fresh radishes, fresh butter and a pinch of sea salt. YUM. These sandwiches make the combo a meal and the result is incredibly satisfying.
Hero Ingredient: Fleur de sel not only adds a touch of salty flavor. It brings out the best in all the other ingredients.
Get the recipe from Radish & Butter Toast.
Radish leaf pesto
Why we love it: Don’t pretend to be surprised, inventive variations on pesto abound. I’ve seen recipes featuring everything from arugula to kale to spinach (and just about everything in between). Not only does using radish leaves in your pesto help reduce food waste, but the swap serves up a healthy dose of vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, iron and many more good things. This sauce is also *the chef’s kiss* when tossed over pasta, layered over protein, or used as a spread for many game-changing sandwiches.
Hero Ingredient: It’s a mix between pine nuts and pumpkin seeds. Both give your pesto a creamy little treat that just tastes indulgent.
Get the recipe from Radish leaf pesto.
Semi-Cooked Harvest Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad
Why we love it: Give me Greek salad with every meal and some quinoa by the spoonful, please. I can’t get enough of each. Add all the veggies you can imagine, savor the zesty flavor of marinated artichokes, and don’t hold back on the feta. If it’s hard to try to improve on the classic Greek salad, Tieghan Gerard does it again.
Hero Ingredient: Tangy, salty and tangy, feta is always the right decision.
Get the recipe from Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad.
Love & Lemons Radish Salad
Why we love it: While most recipes only call for fresh radishes, this pretty pink salad makes the most of raw and roasted vegetables. If you haven’t tried roasting the blushing beauties, now is the time. Roasting them at 450°F for 10-15 minutes turns them from crunchy and spicy to caramelized and sweet.
Hero Ingredient: The fresh, nuanced flavor of mint is unmistakable.
Get the recipe from Radish salad.
Minimalist Baker Quick Pickled Radish
Why we love it: You didn’t think I could write a radish recipe without including a pickled option, did you? This recipe keeps me honest and walks you through all the steps to make tangy pickled radishes, perfect for snacking. Four ingredients for victory.
Hero Ingredient: While apple cider vinegar is the only hit I’ll ever take (its immune-boosting powers are real), it’s also a surefire way to get ultra-delicious pickles.
Get the recipe from Quick pickled radishes.
spring quinoa salad eating bird food
Why we love it: I can’t be the only one excited about a vibrant spring salad. Loaded with all the signs of the changing season – garlic, scallions, parsley, asparagus and yes, radishes – this couldn’t be simpler salad is an aesthetically pleasing and flavorful celebration of all the wonders of warm weather.
Hero Ingredient: As a girl from Vermont, I have to call the two teaspoons of pure maple syrup into the dressing. Grade A or bust.
Get the recipe from Spring Quinoa Salad.
Radish & Fennel Salad with Citrus
Why we love it: It’s obvious at first glance, but I’ll say it anyway: this recipe is the closest thing to spring in a bowl. Seamus Mullen served this bright, citrus-rich salad at a dinner party in Santa Monica, and we couldn’t be happier that he shared the recipe with us. The award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author is known for combining an inventive approach to food with a focus on accessible ingredients. This recipe ticks both boxes and then some.
Hero Ingredient: I’m on a mission to make sure everyone falls head over heels in love with Fennel Anise.
Get the recipe for Citrus Salad with Radish and Fennel.
Arugula breakfast salad with roasted pistachios, radishes and soft-boiled eggs
Why we love it: Salad? For breakfast? This recipe is proof that it is far from a foreign concept. Tossing up a breakfast salad is a great way to get a hearty serving of leafy greens in the first place. And while too many morning meals lack inspiration in flavor and color, this recipe has a ton of varied textures to keep your taste buds busy.
Hero Ingredient: Spring for the not-so-optional watermelon radishes here. It will be worth it just for the beautiful presentation.
Get the recipe for Arugula Breakfast Salad with Roasted Pistachios, Radish, and Soft Eggs.
Black Bean Tacos with Mango Radish Salsa
Why we love it: Straight from the incredibly creative mind of our Wellness Editor, Edie Horstman, these tacos are perfectly satisfying with no animal protein in sight. But with black beans stealing the show, you won’t even miss the meat. Top your tacos with this fruit and vegetable salsa, and you’ve got a weeknight meal that will wow everyone, including the kids.
Hero Ingredient: The taco seasoning takes it all up a notch. If you’re feeling fancy and have the time, Edie recommends you try this homemade version.
Get the recipe for Black Bean Tacos with Mango Radish Salsa.
Lemon Spring Pasta Salad with Vegetables and Herbs from The First Mess
Why we love it: Finally, a spring version of pasta salad made for summer. Beautifully green, this dish makes the most of the lemony, wrinkled flavor of lemon. It’s vegan, made ahead, and will feel right at home on any spring dinner table.
Hero Ingredient: I had never added chickpeas to my pasta salad before this. The high protein pulse goes well with pasta and I will never go back.
Get the recipe from Spring Lemon Pasta Salad with Vegetables and Herbs.
What are your favorite spring radish recipes?