Without a Recipe: Radishes

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We know, radishes can be a little intimidating. But a little guidance can go a long way. This crunchy and peppery root vegetable is surprisingly diverse. Braised, roasted, chopped, or dipped, you’ll be amazed by the all the easy ways to love them.by the all the easy ways to love them.

  • Gorgeous watermelon radishes bring a bright, peppery bite to a simple bean salad. Slice radishes in half moons and combine with 2 c cooked garbanzos, a handful of chopped herbs, 2 minced shallots, and crumbled feta if desired. Drizzle with olive oil and lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Crunchy, peppery radishes are a perfect match for a curried citrus vinaigrette: add 1/4 c freshly-squeezed Meyer lemon or orange juice and 1 t curry powder to a blender container; with the blender running, drizzle in 3/4 c olive oil until emulsified. Wash and quarter 1 small bunch of radishes, toss with the vinaigrette, and serve. Add crisp lettuce leaves and grilled chicken for a hearty lunch.
  • If you’ve never tried braised radishes, you’ll be thrilled to discover how delicious they are. Cut off radish greens and set aside, then quarter radishes lengthwise. Melt 1 Tbs butter in a medium skillet, add radishes and saute briefly. Meanwhile, wash and chop radish leaves. When radishes are slightly tender, add chopped greens, a splash of water or stock to the pot, and cover. Cook over low heat for another 5 minutes, then uncover and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve as a side dish or a simple luncheon with steamed rice.
  • Crunchy radishes are a Farmhouse favorite on sandwiches. Layer thinly sliced radishes on lightly toasted Easy Tiger 9 grain slathered with chevre. Sprinkle with Texas Jurassic Salt and freshly ground black pepper.


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