by Erin Marissa Russell
Radishes are some of the easiest vegetables there are to grow in the home garden, and they’re some of the most rewarding foods you can grow yourself, too. Radishes grow quickly, they thrive in small spaces like patio gardens, and radishes have plenty of nutritional benefits for your body.
If you’re growing radishes this season, though, you may be looking for new ways to serve these delectable little root vegetables. Look no further than this list of innovative ways to dish up radishes at every meal. Armed with these recipes, you can plant a whole field—that way you’re sure to end up with a high yield garden with plenty of these delicious vegetables to share.
Let raw radishes sparkle in imaginative salads.
Fresh garden radishes are certainly delicious simply sliced and served in a house salad. We’re betting you’ve eaten your fill of them this way, though. The classic house salad isn’t the only way to celebrate the crispness and peppery flavor of these jewels of the garden. Take a look through the recipes we’ve listed here to find new ways to serve radishes raw in a salad that your family will love.
Get things started right with radishes as an appetizer.
There’s just something about radishes that lends itself to the appetizer course. Well, there are a few things, actually. Radishes are perfectly sized to create cute miniature starter dishes. Their fuschia exterior contrasts beautifully with the paper-white center, making radishes simply beautiful on the plate. (And you know what they say: We eat with our eyes first.) Most of all, the brisk, fresh taste and crisp texture of fresh garden radishes is the perfect thing to make you hungry for the next course. Take a look at these ways to kick a meal off by serving appetizers featuring your garden radishes.
Pair radishes with dairy for an unexpected match made in heaven.
Crispy complements creamy, and the peppery bite of radishes is the perfect accompaniment to cool, velvety cheeses or cream. Sure, “radishes and cheese” may not be the first thing to spring to mind when you’re considering favorite culinary combinations, but the recipes below are here to change that. Give one a try and find out just how well matched these ingredients can be.
Put garden radishes front and center—let them star in meaty, vegan, or vegetarian main dishes.
All too often, radishes are relegated to the edge of the plate. They may appear sprinkled over a salad, minced as a taco topping, or shaved and curled around a toothpick as an edible garnish. We say it’s time for these delicious root vegetables to move into the center of the plate where they belong. The recipes here will show you how to highlight your homegrown radishes with lots of main dish ideas.
Let your creativity run wild to inspire completely unexpected radish dishes.
Whatever you do, don’t let your garden’s bounty become boring just because you have a lot of produce to eat. The most unanticipated flavor pairings can work magic on your taste buds. But you don’t have to just take our word for it. The recipes we’ve rounded up below put the spotlight on radishes in totally unique ways that are sure to inspire you in the kitchen.
Make use of your homegrown radish greens and get even more culinary bang for your buck.
Once the radishes have grown to maturity, there’s no need to chop off the greens that the plants put so much time and effort into creating. Although they’re served less commonly, radish greens are similar in taste to other greens (like mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, or Swiss chard) and they can be prepared in similar ways. Take a look at the options in this section for more details.
When you choose to grow radishes in your garden, you’re signing up for a season of delicious, homegrown little bursts of flavor. But there are only so many sliced raw radishes or green salads a person can consume. Once you’ve had a chance to look through the recipes in this article that most interested you, we know you’ll have found new ways to prepare radishes that will make your dinner guests ask for seconds.