Friday, June 18, 2010

What do I do with the radish tops??

A few people have asked me what to do with the radish greens..... Here are a few recipes using the leaves from the bunches of radishes you bought.  Most people toss these! I can't imagine. The leaves are packed with nutrients, minerals, and vitamin C!!!! Enjoy them.....

Radish Leaf Pesto
(can be spread on toasted italian bread or tossed with pasta)

 2 large handfuls of good-looking radish leaves, stems removed
30 grams (1 ounce) hard cheese, such as pecorino or parmesan, grated or shaved using a vegetable peeler
30 grams (1 ounce) nuts, such as pistachios, almonds, or pinenuts (avoid walnuts, which make the end result too bitter in my opinion)
1 clove garlic, germ removed, cut in four
a short ribbon of lemon zest cut thinly from an organic lemon with a vegetable peeler (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to get the consistency you like
salt, pepper, ground chili pepper

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender or mini-chopper, and process in short pulses until smooth. You will likely have to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. This produces a thick pesto; add more oil and pulse again to get the consistency you prefer. (This can also be done with a mortar and pestle; it's great for your karma and your triceps.)

Taste, adjust the seasoning, and pack into an airtight container. Use within a few days (it will keep longer if you pour a thin layer of oil on the surface) or freeze.

Radish Leaf Salad

greens from 2 bunches of radishes
1 teaspoon mashed or crushed fresh garlic mixed with a pinch of salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 to 1/2 cup of raisins (the sweetness of the raisins balances the light bitterness of radish leaves)
1 onion sliced into thin rings OR 3 scallions finely chopped
1 can cooked garbanzo beans

Wash and dry the greens well and chop coarsely. 
Make a dressing by combining the mashed garlic, the olive oil and lemon juice.  Mix well
Add raisins, onions or scallions and the garbanzo beans to the greens and pour the dressing over all.
Toss well. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.


And this is my Daily Cyn.........


  1. hey made my usual salad tonite with radish greens(which buy the way are really good tried some raw before putting on your dressing) had too improvise a bit no raisins so put in a trail mix with, current raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, and almonds. I didn't have Garbanzo beans so I used 5 bean mix, I used dried tomatoes,and your dressing I used oil(olive virgin cold press),apple cider vinegar, garlic lots of garlic, grated ginger, and a little bit of rose water and all on top was Albacore tuna (in water)...but Before I put on the dressing when I tasted the leaves I liked the fresh kinda parsley feeling taste that it leaves don't know if you know what I'm talking about Its kind of hard to express a taste over the internet... But I never knew you could eat them..... for dessert fresh just picked strawberries from Quebec cut up and left to sit in there juices for a few hours. poured over half a whole grain cranberry, nut muffin,That has been ever so slightly warmed topped with old Greek style made yogurt really rich and so freaking thick,that was my meal for tonite was that cool or what

  2. oh BOb....that really really sounds good!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!! :)