Radishes 3 Ways (Recipe: Radish Sandwiches, Salad and Herb Butter)

Written by Shaina of Food for My Family.

Our farmers markets here in the Midwest U.S. of A are still lacking a bit in the fresh produce selection, though I did see the first few strawberries there just this past weekend, which made me giddy like a teenager on their first date. (Note: I did not go on a single “date” in the traditional sense as a teenager.)

To clarify, there are plenty of the same things over and over: lettuces, chives, spring onions, peas, asparagus out the wazoo and radishes as far as the eye can see.

Three years ago, I was not so interested in radishes. I would eat them when they were available, but seek them out I did not. Then last year I had an awakening. My husband started showing up to our house with bunches of Easter egg radishes purchased from his on-site farmers market after work. He’d proclaim how pretty they were and talk about peanut butter and radish sandwiches as a child.

Not being one to waste, I set about using the bunches as best I knew how, first with just a bit of butter and salt.

Here are three ways I’ve been enjoying radishes this year. Some inspired by Martha, like the presentation of buttered radishes as an appetizer, and others inspired by grandparents and my husband’s peanut butter and radish sandwiches as a child.
Photos by Shaina

Radishes with Herb Butter

Radishes with Herb Butter
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves/Yield: 20 radish halves
These are inspired by Martha Stewart Living in their presentation, but people have been eating radishes with good butter and sea salt for much longer than Martha's been around.
Ingredients
  • 10 radishes
  • 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs of your choice, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Scrub radishes and cut in half. Pat with cloth to dry. In a small container, mix together butter and herbs. Add to small pastry bag with your choice of tip. I used a 1M tip, but you can use anything you have. Pipe butter on top of radish halves and sprinkle with sea salt.

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Radish Sandwiches

Radish Sandwiches
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Recipe type: Sandwich
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Serves/Yield: 1
Whether adding them to your favorite sandwich or making up your own, radishes are a zippy addition to summer sandwiches. This one boasts a creamy feta spread.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons tzatziki
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 whole romaine leaf
  • 3 slices thickly sliced tomato
Instructions
  1. Mix together feta and tzatziki. Spread on both sides of the bread. Sprinkle with sea salt. Layer on radishes, romaine, tomatoes and cover with other side of bread.

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Radish and Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Radish and Sugar Snap Pea Salad
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At the market next to the radishes were huge bunches of sugar snap peas. They were just as prolific as the rhubarb and the asparagus spears, and they screamed to be eaten. Raw. As is or paired with those radishes and tossed in a light dressing, perfect for a summer side.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas, cleaned with stems removed
  • 5-6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pinot grigio or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon balm
Instructions
  1. Toss together peas and sliced radishes. Add olive oil, vinegar, sea salt and toss to combine. Chiffonade lemon balm and sprinkle on top. Allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Are there some fruits or vegetables you avoid buying simply because you’re not confident of what to do with them or weren’t raised on them?

About Shaina

Shaina Olmanson is the home cook and photographer behind Food for My Family, where she shares recipes, tips, opinions and her philosophy on food as she wades through the process of feeding her family, her friends and anyone else who will let her. She strives to teach her four children how to eat well: seasonally, locally, organically, deliciously and balanced.

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Comments

  1. I love radishes, and I thought I’d had them every which way possible, but I’ve never had peanut butter and radish sandwiches before!
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen’s last post: an indoor culinary herb garden growing your own flavor

  2. Yum, I’ll have to try these recipes! I have radishes growing in my garden and they’re doing very well! :)
    Tammy’s last post: Your Guess is as Good as Mine

  3. I have been getting radishes every week in my CSA box and am quite at a loss as to what to do with them. I don’t love the sharpness so I have been roasting / braising them. It takes out the bite and adds some sweetness.
    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)’s last post: Every-week Frugal Vegetable Stock

  4. Great post and neat ideas. Love sugar snap peas, so will def. try that combo. P.nut butter & radish sandwich? Hmmm…guess I can’t knock it until I try it =)

  5. Ooooh, I love radishes, and these are all fabulous ideas! I especially love the sandwiches — how perfect for a light lunch! Thanks for sharing.
    CookiePie’s last post: Cream cheese-herb pinwheels

  6. My grandmother always had them in her refrigerator, and we would douse them with salt as a treat. I’ve never gotten past eating them that way for it takes me back to her yellow vinyl kitchen table and chairs, and the smells of grandpa’s roses out the kitchen window.
    I’m growing them for the first time this year. You have completely inspired me!

  7. This is my first year with a CSA and I have had many veggies given to me that I have never tasted before…turnip, broccoli rabe, garlic scapes, etc. Turns out that I love them all! I have a ton of radishes and other than putting them in salads I didn’t know what to do with them. I love the first pic of radishes with butter…think I will give it a try.

    • They are great in salads! I have also tried sauteing them like they’re onions and putting them on burgers or other hot sandwiches, which is one of my favorite ways to eat them as well. Enjoy your CSA! They definitely have the ability to make you think outside the box and try new foods at times.
      Shaina’s last post: Homemade Ginger Ale for Summer Evenings

  8. I loved how you clarified your teenage dating status. ;) Great post Shaina! Love to see you on one of my favorite sites!!!

  9. I totally needed this post! I just picked up another bunch of radishes from my CSA last night and had no idea what to do with them. I’m going to try that sandwich! Did you make the tzatziki or buy it? It’s some sort of yogurt spread right?
    megan @ whatmegansmaking’s last post: Lemon Mousse

  10. That looks delicious! I usually always eat radishes plain, but this is something I might just try out :)
    Dee D.’s last post: Strawberry Tart Me

  11. I love radishes! I usually eat them with a few sprinkles of salt but I can’t wait to try these delish ideas!
    Wenderly’s last post: Oliver

  12. tracy lynn says:

    I highly recommend the peanut butter and radish combo – been eating it all my life!

  13. Jessica says:

    This sounds great! I recently got some Himalayan pink salt from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I’ll have to try it out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Tried the radish sandwich and loved it! What a great use for radishes.

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