Radishes are a vegetable that are sometimes hard for people to get excited about. The truth is that radishes are amazing! Not only that, but they are a tasty treat straight from the dirt, no processing required. The best part is you get two veggies in one, the root and the greens – yes you can eat radish greens! Here are eight different ways to eat radishes and radish greens.
How to Eat Radishes and Radish Greens
I love radishes for so many reasons!
Firstly, radishes are 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.
Radishes are also delicious and both the roots and the leaves can be eaten in many different ways!
You may be surprised to learn that you can eat radish leaves as it’s not something people usually think of, but they are totally edible!
The greens 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!
Here are my favorite 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!
Fresh radish greens have a nice flavor and are great mixed in with other salad greens. They are best when they are small and tender.
I like to add radishes to a fresh Grilled Corn Salad.
This Asian Cucumber and Radish Salad sounds wonderful, too.
If you have large daikon type radishes to use, try this Italian Daikon Radish Salad.
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. Perfection!
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.
Combine radishes with turnips to make Lacto Fermented Radish and Turnip Roots.
You can even ferment radish greens! Check out this recipe for Fermented Radish Tops.
I included radishes in my recipe for Fermented Cattail Shoots, and they turned out lovely!
Daikon radishes are also a common ingredient in homemade kimchi.
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.
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 Sauteed Radishes with Vinegar and Herbs looks delicious.
Radish greens can be sauteed just like any other green! Try this recipe for Sauteed Radishes and Radish Greens.
Of course you can’t ever go wrong with Fried Radishes. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
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!
Try these Crispy Roasted Radishes, or these Roasted Radishes with Garlic Browned Butter which sound incredible!
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 from regular potato chips.
These Cinnamon Sugar Radish Chips sound especially yummy for a healthy sweet treat.
Radish Leaf Pesto
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 the radish greens 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
- How to Cook Beets & Their Greens
- 5 Easy Ways To Cook Winter Squash
- How to Cook & Eat Artichokes
- How to Cook Jerusalem Artichokes
- What to Do with Cabbage
- How to Cook Burdock Root
Love all the tips provided! I never knew the tops were so valuable. I picked a bucket full just this morning and anxious to try the roasted radishes and saute the tops with garlic.
Grow Forage Cook Ferment says
They’re delicious! Enjoy!
Catherine Boeckmann says
If you harvest radish greens when tender, will the radish root still grow the same size?
Sister Felicity says
I second Tara on the flowers & seed pods. The seed pods are like spicy snap peas, good raw and in stir-fried. There’s even (at least) one variety bred especially for the seed pods, called “rattail radish”. Plus if you let just a couple go to seed — more than one if you want seed pods, they’re self-infertile — it grows into a big, gorgeous plant with masses of pretty purple flowers.
I thought I was cutting kale leaves when I took some from my garden for my morning green smoothies. They’re delicious and nutritious that way.
Peter Laundy says
I use radish slices as low-carb cracker substitutes. They have just the right stiffness and crunch. Daikon radishes are the best because they come in cracker-diameter extrusions: none of the waste that comes with the ends of round radishes.
Marina West says
I discover radish veggies as my substitute for potatoes in this recipe for a healthy dish what I did you only substitute the use of potatoes so I now use radishes in my stir-fry dish. The radishes taste like potatoes so this way I leave out the starches in my stir-fry. You’ll never again go back to using potatoes. My whole family is ketosis free!
Try them boiled in soups in place of potatoed. Very good
Tara Larsen Chang says
I also love to eat radish flowers and seed pods – if you let any of them bolt, the flowers are a sweet-spicy addition salads or a garnish, and the seed pods! When they are plump, juicy and bright green – they are like a milder, sweeter radish which you can eat raw (I regularly munch them straight off the plant). You have to catch them before they get dry and tough though.
Integritygirl (@_integritygirl) says
REAL Butter and sliced radishes with a dash or 2 of salt on homemade WW Bread! heaven
Fermented cattail shoots, I’m intrigued!
Radishes are great and I always have more than I know what to do with. Thanks for all the great tips!
Roasted radishes are so good! That’s definitely my favorite way to eat them. I sometimes use the greens in place of spinach in cooked recipes – adds a little zip and it’s delicious!