Radishes are a vegetable that are sometimes hard for people to get excited about. I think they are amazing, though! For one thing, they are super quick and easy to grow. They germinate in no time, even in cold weather, and are on your dinner table before any other plant in your garden has time to think about producing. Not only that, but they are a tasty treat straight from the dirt, no processing required. The best part is, like beets and turnips, you get two veggies in one, the root and the greens! Here I’m going to talk about eight different ways to eat radishes and radish greens.
8 Ways to Eat Radishes and Radish Greens
The most obvious way to eat radishes and their greens is raw in a salad. This is how I most often eat them, probably because it’s the easiest! The greens have a nice flavor and are great mixed in with other salad greens. They don’t stay fresh as long as the roots do, though, so if they are looking wilted the other option is to feed them to your chickens or throw them in the compost. My chickens get really excited over radish greens!
Beyond salads, sliced raw radishes are perfect for adding to sandwiches. With all the different and beautiful varieties of radishes, such as these purple and watermelon daikon, you can even make beautiful open face tea sandwiches.
This recipe for Radish Chive Tea Sandwiches looks very tasty, as do these Radish Tea Sandwiches with Creamy Dill Spread. But, you can always keep it simple and slather some butter on homemade sourdough bread, then top with radish slices and fresh herbs. Perfect!
I love fermented radishes! Although they usually tend to lose their vibrant color, the taste is out of this world. Here is a recipe for Lacto Fermented Radishes with Garlic and Dill that sounds nice, or you can combine them with turnips for this recipe, Lacto Fermented Radish and Turnip Roots. You can even ferment the greens! Check out this recipe for Fermented Radish Tops.
You can also pickle radishes if you are craving that vinegar flavor. These Spicy Quick Pickled Spring Radishes will be ready to eat in no time, and these Pickled Radishes for Tacos sound perfect for summertime taco nights! Pickled radishes are common in Korean cuisine, try this recipe for Korean Style Pink Radish Pickles.
You may not immediately think of cooking radishes on the stove top, but they can be sauteed just like any other vegetable! This recipe for Spring Roots and Garlic Scapes with Fried Eggs includes radishes, and looks amazingly delicious! And you can’t ever go wrong with Fried Radishes.
Of all the ways to eat radishes, this one is probably my favorite. Roasted radishes will become your new best friend, I guarantee it! I don’t know why it took me so long to discover this, as I’m the queen of roasting veggies. Toss them in with other root veggies and roast at 400ºF for 30-40 minutes for a beautiful and easy side dish. The radishes get creamy and delicious!
Or try these Crispy Roasted Radishes, which I’m going to make ASAP!
Radish chips are new to me, but something that I really want to try as they look awesome! I’m always down for any kind of chip, no matter what vegetable they are made from. Try these Roasted Salt and Pepper Radish Chips for a change of pace, or these Cinnamon Sugar Radish Chips sound especially yummy for a healthy sweet treat.
If you have a whole bunch of nice radish greens to use up, this Radish Leaf Pesto is definitely something you’ll want to try! You can even mix it with half basil to keep it a little bit on the traditional side if you like.
That’s all of the ways to eat radishes and radish greens that I have for you today! I hope this gets you excited for all those spring radishes that will be coming soon. What is your favorite way to enjoy radishes?
Learn How to Cook Other Vegetables
Here are a few other not-so-usual vegetables you may need a little help learning to prepare in a way that makes you fall in love with them at first bite!
- How to Cook Turnips & Their Greens
- Easy Ways To Cook Winter Squash
- How to Cook & Eat Artichokes
- How to Cook Jerusalem Artichokes
- How to Cook Burdock Root
- What to Do with Cabbage
- How to Cook Beets & Their Greens