“Totally Rad” Radishes

Radishes of different hues!

Radishes of different hues!

 

It’s not supposed to be a big deal to grow radishes but this year we had a bumper crop!  Here’s something I didn’t know and perhaps you didn’t either…Radishes are part of the Brassicaceae family….otherwise known as the cabbage family.  That includes veggies like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnip, and mustard greens.  Radishes are cultivated and consumed all over the world and have been popular with the students of Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners every year of their existence.  Typically they are eaten raw as a crunchy salad vegetable but with their numerous varieties, sizes and colors a lot more can be done with them.  Thanks to a recent article I found in a recent Care2 Healthy Living E-newsletter I came across a few new ways to enjoy this crunchy, spicy root.

Braised Radishes with Dill

Braised Radishes with Dill

This tasty recipe of braised radishes is unique and the peppery taste of the radishes is balanced by tangy cider vinegar, coconut oil, and dill weed making a delicious addition to any meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch radishes, save radish leaves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 – 2 cloves garlic, chopped (optional)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Fresh dill weed or mint or radish leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • Vegetable salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. Slice radishes in half from top to bottom.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a heavy frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the chopped garlic and stir-fry for a minute.
  4. Add the radishes, cut side down in the pan and sauté them until slightly brown.
  5. Add the cider vinegar and water and cover, simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid and turn the heat to medium-high, cooking and stirring, until the liquid has reduced.
  7. Add the dill and cook for a minute.

Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

 

Quinoa Radish Arugula Salad

Quinoa Radish Arugula Salad

This is a yummy and nourishing salad for any season. It is full of good protein from the quinoa. It is a whole meal in one bowl.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 handfuls of arugula
  • 3 or 4 small tomatoes
  • 6 – 8 radishes
  • 2 celery stocks, chopped
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup olive oil salad dressing

Directions:

  1. Mix all vegetables together in a bowl.
  2. Mix in salad dressing
  3. Add the cooked quinoa.
  4. Now sit down and enjoy this delicious salad.

 

Radish Leaves

Radish Leaves

What to Do With the Greens From the Radishes…

  • They can quickly be steamed and dressed with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Sauté the greens with onions and add herbs such as mint, basil, thyme or dill.
  • Add them to your green smoothie.

 

So how do you use radishes?

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