Published on March 21, 2016

Radishes may catch your eye in the produce section, but they don’t always find their way into your cart. Why is that? If we could take a guess, it’s probably because radishes aren’t exactly known for their versatility when compared to other veggies. Carrots can be baked and sautéed, or simply eaten on their own. The same can be said for cucumbers and broccoli. And if that fact weren’t hard enough for radishes to compete with, there’s also the sustained popularity of kale and spinach to overcome. 

But when radishes are picked from the display, they rarely disappoint. Thanks to their stunning pink color and distinctly sharp flavor, they can add visual and textural appeal to any recipe that features them. See for yourself when you try these five radish ideas, which incorporate the root vegetable into recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You might be surprised by how indispensable radishes become in your kitchen once you do. 

Watermelon Radish Orange Goat Cheese Salad

Alexandra Cooks also uses goat cheese in this vibrant salad, which includes oranges, walnuts, chives, and red onion. Everything is tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper, making for a light, crunchy, and flavorful dish. It’s perfect for a summertime lunch. 

Radish Salad With Yogurt-Dill Dressing

Holly Erickson at The Modern Proper also has a recipe idea that’s perfect for a summer meal in the form of this radish salad. Butter lettuce forms the base, and then roasted chickpeas, avocado wedges, sliced cucumbers, and radishes are arranged on top. A tangy yogurt-dill dressing adds another layer of flavor so that you’re sure to clean your bowl. 

Roasted Chicken Gyros

You can thank Half Baked Harvest for creating this hearty, handheld meal, which you’re going to want to make again and again. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are marinated in a full-fat Greek yogurt and herbs, and once cooked, they’re sliced and added to pickled red onions, radishes, tzatziki, and feta fries inside warm naan. 

Superfood Bibimbap With Crispy Tofu

Another ambitious recipe from Half Baked Harvest will totally be worth it in the end, because the flavors of this bibimbap are worth every minute of prep. To start, the tofu is marinated in sauces and baked until crispy. Later, grains and kale line a bowl that’s topped with radishes, carrots, avocado, and a fried egg. Trust us, you’ll want a big bowl. 

Banh Mi Tacos

How Sweet Eats serves up this twist on Asian flavors by combining the ingredients of a banh mi inside a taco. Pulled pork forms the base, which is then topped with pickled radishes, carrots, sliced cucumbers, and cilantro. A smoky yogurt crema adds color and texture.

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