On any given day after a run to the farmer's market, you'll find a bowl full of red radishes, greens and roots lopped off, soaking in water in my parent's refrigerator.
My father loves radishes. Whereas some parents put out cookies and chips for their kids for snacks, my dad put out radishes for us, and still does.
Crunchy and cool, they're a great snack!
Cut up and tossed with some lemon, oil, mint, and pistachios, they make a great little salad too, or a lovely side for steak, Mexican pulled pork, or tacos.
We tossed the radishes with toasted pistachios; I've also made with with toasted sunflower seeds, equally good.
Radish Salad with Mint and Pistachios
This salad is best eaten fresh. You can prep the ingredients several hours ahead, and even let the radishes marinate in the lemon juice for a couple hours. But don't add the oil, mint, or pistachios until read to serve.
1 pound red or pink radishes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
Grated zest from 1 lemon, about 1 teaspoon
1/4 cup minced shallots, from 1 to 2 shallots
Juice from 1 lemon, about 3 to 4 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon salt
A heaping 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
10 large mint (spearmint) leaves, chopped or sliced thin, about 1/4 cup
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Marinate radish wedges:
Mix the radish wedges, minced shallots, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt in a bowl. Let sit for 15 to 30 minutes.
Toast the pistachios:
Toast the shelled pistachios by heating a small skillet on medium high heat. Add the pistachios and heat until lightly browned. Remove from heat and let cool.
Strain excess liquid:
When you are ready to serve, if there is a lot of excess liquid in the radishes, strain some of it out.
Toss the toasted pistachios, mint, and olive oil in with the radishes:
Roasted Radishes and Greens Salad, from White on Rice Couple
Jicama, Orange and Radish Salad, from Herbivoracious
Black Radish and Potato Salad, from Chocolate and Zucchini
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 16g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 8g|
|Vitamin C 21mg||105%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|