Radishes with Butter and Salt


Radishes with Butter and Salt

Radishes and butter.

It might seem an odd combination to us Americans, but it’s actually a classic French snack popular in the springtime. This year, with our new garden radishes (and radishes abounding at the farmer’s markets), we decided to give it a try.

This is one of those things you have to taste to understand. The balance of the creamy butter, peppery radish, and hint of sea salt are the epitome of simple elegance. No wonder the French have been eating it for years!


This is a case where high quality butter shines. We don’t consume much butter in our household, but find this way to enjoy the newest fruits in our garden to be a worthy cause. (In case you’re of the vegan or dairy-free persuasion, you could substitute vegan butter if you’d like.)

In fact, we’ve decided to make it a new spring tradition!  We had a radish and butter date the other day to celebrate the start of garden season. (Sometimes, we forget to have dates. So this was a good excuse for one.)

This is one of the easiest ways to celebrate spring. Give it a try for an effortless spring snack!


Thanks to Full Hand Farm for the radishes!

Other Radish Recipes
Radish Toasts
Chopped Salad with Radishes and Blue Cheese
Radish and Pea Salad with Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette

Radishes with Butter and Salt

What You Need
High quality butter
Sea salt or kosher salt (we used pink Himalayan salt)
Fresh herbs – optional (we used oregano, but parsley, dill, or chives would also work)
Baguette (or other bread)

What To Do

1 Thinly slice the baguette and radishes. Wash the oregano; roughly chop if desired.

2  On each slice, spread some butter. Top with radish slices, a few grains salt, and some herbs (optional).

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Comments 14

  1. Evi

    Had this in Brooklyn last fall as an appetizer, and have been hooked on this since then! I would never think that this would be a good combination, boy was I wrong!

  2. Genevieve

    I just discovered this combination last summer and I loved how simple and fresh it was. I have some radishes in my fridge now, so I might make this tonight! (although I can’t find local radishes yet – I can’t wait until they are available!)

  3. Kate

    I’ve been doing this now for several years, prompted by my cousin’s tale of her visit to France, trying this snack out and falling in love. It’s nice to see others finding out the pure pleasure of it. Being from Minnesota, we’re no strangers to some amazing butter, and I’m so looking forward to Spring radishes!

  4. Suzie knows Indy

    Yum, sounds great. -will try soon. Have you tried s&p cucumber slice on rye cracker or appetizer size bread, with a little sour cream and lots of dill. Russian, not American also, but It’s great!

  5. Kelly

    I made this tonight as part of the appetizer spread for my son’s “pre-Prom” festivities. It was a total hit- absolutely delicious!

  6. Cat

    Grew up on these as an afternoon snack. Like Suzy, suggest you also try persian cucumbers with neufchatel on a baguette with a little cracked pepper. You can also mix in watercress for a really green fresh flavour

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