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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mediterranean Radish Salad



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...A commitment to support community agriculture can have unexpected consequences. Produce that's locally grown can be unfamiliar or something that you have, in the past, avoided eating. Greens and beans and peppers I never dreamed of cooking a few short years ago, now regularly appear on our table. The only downside to this, is the occasional scramble to find ways in which to cook the new offerings, or the inevitable backlog that occurs with some of the vegetables. Scallions and radishes seem to procreate in my vegetable crisper, so it should come as no surprise that I recently found myself with a glut of radishes that simply had to be addressed. Fortunately, I remembered a recipe for a salad that had originally come from a nutritional program at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center. I had made it once before, and the fact that I still had the recipe was an indication that we enjoyed the salad. While a radish salad may not be to everyone's liking, I can heartily recommend this one for its flavor, crispness and wholesome goodness. It's also easy to make if you have a food processor. The only thing to keep in mind is that the radishes will bleed if made too soon before serving. Here's the recipe.

Mediterranean Radish Salad...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Ingredients:
4 bunches radishes (about 48 radishes), cleaned, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Salt to taste
8 leaf lettuce leaves

Directions:

1) Place radishes in a large bowl.
2) Combine lemon juice, olive oil and cayenne in a small bowl.
3) Pour dressing over radishes, add parsley and mix well. Season with salt to taste.
4) Place one lettuce leaf on each of 8 salad plates. Mound a portion of radish mixture over top of each. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

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59 comments :

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I am appreciating all these simple summer salads that you share.

Mary, you are so thoughtful with your busy blog with so many comments on each post, to take time for your many visit and very sweet comments on my blog. Thank you so much. It means a lot to me.

Fondly,
Glenda

Koek! said...

Such a lovely, simple salad. Brilliant.

Priya said...

Such a simple, beautiful and refreshing salad..

Angie's Recipes said...

This is a really nice and simple salad...wonderful for this time of year.

Sushma Mallya said...

Simple but beautiful looking salad..pics are so lovely mary...

Ana Powell said...

Easy peasy and so delicious.
Radishes are grown and consumed throughout the world and we can find numerous varieties.
Wishing you a great week ♥

bellini valli said...

As a child radishes would not grace my plate, but I love them in recent years and even tried them roasted. This is a very refreshing salad Mary:D

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love radishes so this sounds just my sort of dish. Diane

From the Kitchen said...

Our co-op bag sometimes gives us unusual offerings. Kohlrabi was my nemesis for awhile. When we've received lots of radishes I've tossed them into salads but never allowed them to star. It's about time they did--thanks, Mary.

Best,
Bonnie

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Mary,
Simple, fresh and delicious that salad!
Love,
Lia.

jelena said...

my radishes would not have time to go in the salad....I'm afraid I would just end up eating the whole radishes......

Martha said...

I do think radishes are an unappreciated vegetable -- thin slices in mixed green salads seem to be the order of the day -- but a real radish . . . that is good!!!! We enjoy our fresh radish season on the prairie although it is very very short.

Knee is healing fine -- I will be anxious to get back in the kitchen, however!

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

I love the lemon/cayanne flavour combination here with spicy radish - yum! I highly recommend you try this salad with radishes as well. Make it and serve right away as it doesn't last in the fridge... belive me you'll be drinking the leftover sauce from the bowl ;o)
http://muminbloom.blogspot.com/2010/05/recipe-mango-and-radish-salad-with-lime.html

Question ~ I recieved a bunch of sprouts in my CSA and I'm stumped with what I'm going to do with them. I'd love to see you post a recipe with them :)

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, my Nonna LOVED radishes and frequently made herself salads such as this. You've brought me a lovely memory
xoxo Pattie

nancy at good food matters said...

We love radishes in our household--a simple salted radish-butter tartine is a treat. Your radish salad would fall into that same category. Have you seen the watermelon radishes? Great big, with astonishing color, crisp earthy flavor.

Simply Life said...

oh that salad looks great!

Katerina said...

Simple and perfect for a hot summer day such the one we have today.

Kalyn said...

I love the sound of this simple salad with radishes, especially the addition of parsley!

Cathy said...

I love radishes, usually just lightly salted. This salad would be a colorful addition to a summer barbecue.

What's next said...

Looks great, love radishes and never think to do anything with them. I worked at UTSW for years and years, guess I should try it!

tatabonita said...

I never eat fresh radish in my whole life, am just not sure how it tastes :D. But yours looks so refreshing, I think I'm gonna try to put it on my bento next time when I can have it from the supermarket :D

Pam said...

This is a great easy salad. I've never heard of radish salad and must try it. Thanks for the recipe!

Jenn said...

I love radishes...what a great way to use them too! I've just been putting them IN my salad, never thought to actually make a full salad with them!! Thanks for sharing :)

Ricki said...

That salad looks perfect in its simplicity. This might be the one that makes me love radishes! And thanks for including my salad in your list. :)

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! That looks so fresh and crunchy.

Susi said...

What a great idea, my husband would love this salad! :o)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Mary Sweetie...
Beautiful share this morning. I love the simplicity of this salad, and DH and I love radishes. I have never thought of just a simple green with the addition of radishes. So refreshing.

Thank you for the beautiful share today sweet friend. I can't wait to see what you have lined up for tomorrow.

Have a gorgeous day. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

Chef E said...

radishes are up there with beets to me! great for salads, snacks, and that thrill of eating one illegally in the store or open market- crunch and then a light bite back :)

RV said...

Hi Mary,

Am so glad to know about you. It is so fascinating that we share similar interests towards food and cooking. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I am loving your recipe collection, they look delicious and healthy. Looking forward to connect with you. Subscribing to your feeds. Happy Cooking, Blogging and Eating.

Cheers,
RV

Gloria said...

This salad look yummy!! gloria

RV said...

And I am loving this Summer salad. I agree on the CSA thing, I didn't enroll just because I wouldn't be able to enjoy all the veggies and there will be a huge backlog in my refrigerator.

DailyChef said...

Where do you find all of your ingredients? They always look amazingly fresh and vibrant colors. Either magical photography skills or you have some hidden garden that only produces the best! :) Either way--looks delicious!

Suman Singh said...

salad looks very refreshing and delicious..yumm

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I would guess the lemon juice tempers the bite the the radishes a bit. And, what lovely, fresh colors for the plate. Ravishing radishes!

Julie M. said...

I really need to get into our local CSA. I've been wanting to try it for some time but was leary of the upfront investment. Seeing everyone's beautiful produce though has me quickly changing my mind. That salad looks delicious and lovely!

PranisKitchen said...

very simple and deliicous salad healthy one too.. i like the lemon pepper parsely combination..

Vegetarian Yogini said...

hmmmm, elegance in its superlative mode! Healthy too! Certainly to my liking...

Cami said...

Hello, a beautiful Blog! Cangratulation. Have a nice evening, Cami from Hamburg!

We Are Not Martha said...

Oooh I LOVE radishes and have been eating them much more than normal this summer. This looks delicious :)

Sues

Debinhawaii said...

The salad looks fresh and delicious. I have developed a new fondness for radishes--it started by roasting them, now I enjoy them all ways. ;-)

Andromeda said...

Hi Mary,

I had to sneak into your blog as well and wow I´m impressed - very unusual but so interesting recepies and beautiful pictures :)
I´ll definately be back and try some of your lovely recpies out :)

Jen_from_NJ said...

I have been struggling to use all of my CSA radishes - thank you so much for this salad recipe!

Claudia said...

This is so wonderful. I buy radishes every week and just sort of - add them to stuff. I love that you make it the star - and with this simple dressing all the fresh taste shines.

The Blonde Duck said...

I don't know if I've ever had radish.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Oh, I do like radishes and I like salads, perfect. I remember as a child my mum used to simply serve radishes as a snack with some toast and butter, yum. Have a lovely week, Love from London x

RamblingTart said...

I always forget about radishes. :-) They're so pretty and absolutely delicious when not fiery hot. I will have to try this, Mary. :-)

The Words Crafter said...

Wow, I never thought of a radish salad. I just always sliced them into my salads. Who knew!?! Thanks for this information. Thank you for this. Happy Wednesday!

Faith said...

This is such a beautiful way to highlight the flavor of radishes! it sounds bright and fresh dressed with the lemon juice!

Pacheco Patty said...

Hi Mary, I love a simple summer salad and radishes are one of my favorites:-)

penny aka jeroxie said...

I love 2 bunches of radishes at home. Will have to whip up a nice salad like yours!

Kim said...

Radishes have long been a favorite of mine and I this salad looks like a perfect summer side dish!!

Diana's Cocina said...

Lovely presentation ~ Beautiful and refreshing salad.

Biren said...

I like the crunch and bite of radishes. This salad looks so fresh and enticing.

Monet said...

I love how crisp and refreshing radishes taste during the summer months. Thank you for visiting my blog...you receive so many comments, and I appreciate your sweet and gentle words

Carla and Michael said...

And here I thought I was the only person that loves radishes. I always have some in the crisper. Never had them alone like this, only (alone) with good butter and salt or sliced into salads ;D

faith said...

mmmm my mouth is watering over how spicy good that must be!

Devaki said...

Dear Mary - We can never learn enough ways to use more radishes in our daily eating.

So thanks for this recipe celebrating one of nature's most neglected veggies!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Mary - Radish salads hold a dear place in my heart because I remember my grandfather growing radishes for me and my mom making salads for me from them. Lovely photo of a delicious salad.

Sweet and Savory said...

I like radishes but they kind of sit in my refrigerator because, I am not sure what to do with them, except throw them in veggie salad.

This, in its simplicity stands out.

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