How to Use Radishes: 3 Ways to Eat this Spicy Veggie

"Radishes," Illustration by Liz Brindley, 2020

Mmm, radishes! These are such a springtime treat on the farm. I love the spicy kick of radishes, but with such a bounty coming out of the fields, and so many varieties like French Breakfast, Red, and Bacchus, it can become a bit puzzling to find new ideas to keep these veggies interesting.

Here are three of my favorite, simple go-to's for radishes that rarely, if ever, get old:

1) Sliced Radishes on Buttered Toast

When I lived in Minnesota, I met an amazing farmer/artist who let me in on a secret about using radishes. She said her favorite way to use this spicy veg was to toast up some quality, crusty bread, slather it with some butter, a sprinkle of sea salt, and add thinly sliced radishes to the top. YUM. So simple, and now a favorite way to use up radishes. This makes a great afternoon snack or pre-dinner appetizer.

2) Sautéed Radishes with Garlic Scapes

Though I typically love roasted root veggies, I like to avoid firing up the oven as the weather heats up. Welcome the veggie sauté. Throw a lil' olive oil or butter in a seasoned cast-iron. Toss in finely chopped garlic scapes and simmer with a dash of salt until slightly tender. Then toss in halved, or sliced, radishes. Simmer until tender. Enjoy atop a bed of fresh greens, quinoa, rice and beans, or on its own!

3) Raw Radishes on a Veggie Platter with Hummus

One of my favorite go-to meals as the season heats up is picnic-style: a platter of fresh veggies, delicious cheeses, sliced or dried fruit, some tasty, crusty bread, and hummus. There's nothing like enjoying the warmer sunny days with sliced radishes fresh from the farm dipped into creamy hummus. Yum! Is it lunch time yet?

What are your favorite ways to use radishes (and their greens)? I always love to use the whole plant, so drop your ideas in the comments!

Happy Munching!


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