Crunchy, peppery radishes make any dish more fun! Here are all the best radish recipes to make when you have a bunch on hand.
Got radishes? We got recipes. If you’ve picked up a bunch of those round pink beauties at the store or farmers market, there are so many tasty ways to use them! Radishes bring a refreshing crunch and peppery spice to anything they touch.
Spring is when you think of radishes because they come up early in the growing season, but they’re available year round! Here are all our best radish recipes for using these beauties. We’ve got anything from roasted as a side dish (so sweet and tender!) to topped with creamy blue cheese dressing in our favorite chopped salad. Oh and radish salsa… let’s just get to the recipes!
And now: our best radish recipes!
Radishes are cruciferous veggies!
Did you know radishes are cruciferous vegetables? Cruciferous vegetables are a family of nutritious veggies: and the related veg might surprise you. Did you know that radishes are related to cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and arugula?
This means that radishes share all the nutrition benefits of cruciferous vegetables. Here are a few things about these tasty veggies that make them especially nutritious:
- High in fiber (important for weight loss because it keeps you fuller longer)
- High in vitamins C, E, A and K
- Low in calories
- Contain phytonutrients and glucosinolates, which may have anti-cancer effects (but are still unproven — Source)
Types of radishes
All the radish recipes use the most common type of radishes: round radishes! But there are several other types that you might come across that are tasty too. Here are a few of the more common types:
- Round radishes: This is the most common type, pictured above!
- Watermelon radishes: These large radishes are green on the outside and pink on the inside, hence the name! Snap some up if you find them: thinly sliced they add a beautiful garnish to any dish.
- Daikon radishes: Also called Chinese white radishes, they’re often pickled, braised, or used in soups.
- Black radishes: A beautiful variety, these radishes have a black exterior and white interior! They’re fun to cook with because of their unexpected color.
Ever roasted radishes? Throw them into a hot oven in this unique easy side dish recipe: they come out vibrant and juicy, with a sweet, mild flavor!
- 2 small bunches radishes (about 16 to 18 small radishes)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Wash the radishes and trim off the greens, saving a few leaves for a garnish.
- Cut the radishes lengthwise. Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, finely grated garlic clove, kosher salt and pepper.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the radishes on top cut-side down and roast for 16 to 20 minutes until the largest radish is tender when pierced with a fork at the thickest point (exact time depends on the size of the radishes).
- Very finely chop about 1 radish leaf into a garnish, and sprinkle over the top. Serve warm.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Roasted
- Cuisine: Vegetables
Keywords: Radish Recipes
Last updated: May 2020
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.