Radishes are painfully underrated. First of all, they’re crisp, peppery and strike a unique balance between sweet and spicy. They also taste great on pretty much everything from tacos to salads, but can also be transformed into chips, noodles and beyond. Did we mention there are way more types to choose from (watermelon, French breakfast, daikon…) than the red ones you’re probably picturing? See their glory for yourself by making one of these 23 radish recipes this spring.
23 Radish Recipes to Make While They’re in Season
1. Salmon Noodle Bowls With Chili-yuzu Relish And Pickled Radishes
Behold, the prettiest lunch you’ll ever eat. The pickled watermelon radishes offer punchy sweetness to this savory dish, thanks to Japanese rice vinegar and honey.
2. Avocado, Radish And Walnuts With Carrot-miso Dressing
Crisp, thin-sliced radishes get the glow-up of a lifetime underneath a drizzle of carrot miso dressing. It comes together in a blender alongside scallion, fresh ginger and soy sauce.
3. Whole Roasted Radishes
They’re begging for a spot at your Easter table. Serve them as a side for roast chicken or fish, or slice them paper-thin and devour them on buttered toast.
4. Cold Lemon Zoodles
Bright, citrusy and undeniably easy on the eyes, this refreshing meal calls for lots of pantry staples and just 20 minutes of your time.
5. Black Rice Bowl With Figs, Radicchio, Pickled Radishes And Pepitas
Sweet figs + nutty rice + bitter greens + briny pickled radishes + salty pumpkin seeds = an impeccably balanced dish.
6. Joanna Gaines’s Spring Vegetable Risotto
Radishes, peas, spinach, chives, mushrooms—yup, the gang’s all here. And they taste heavenly bathed in creamy garlic-Parmesan risotto.
7. Crispy Goat Cheese Salad
Any salad topped with a medallion of fried cheese is one we can get behind. The arugula, fennel and radishes are tossed in lemon juice and olive oil before being crowned with a fritter.
8. Sheet-pan Lemon Butter Veggies And Sausage
This 40-minute gem calls for a trip to the farmers market for radishes, carrots, bell peppers, eggplant, asparagus, zucchini and all the cherry tomatoes.
9. Aran Goyoaga’s Niçoise Salad
From the green beans to the grape tomatoes to the fresh dill, this twist on a classic screams spring. (Once you try it with fried capers, you’ll never look back.)
10. Korean Beef Bulgogi Bowls
The radishes, carrot, cucumber and green onion are served raw as a crisp, cool, fresh contrast to the beef, rice and chili mayonnaise.
11. Miso Butter Roasted Radishes
Pro tip: Don’t throw your radish greens away. They’re similar to Swiss chard in flavor and roast beautifully in the oven.
12. Chickpea And Avocado Pita Tostadas With Rhubarb-radish Slaw
This recipe is proof that rhubarb and radishes can do more than pie and crudités, respectively.
13. No-noodle Pad Thai
Daikon radish, carrots and zucchini are transformed into noodles with a few swipes of a peeler, mandolin or spiralizer. But the real miracle here is the ginger-lime peanut sauce.
14. Roasted Chicken Gyros With Tzatziki And Feta Fries
Might we suggest piling all the fillings onto a pretty platter and letting guests build their own gyros? (An extra bowl of tzatziki for dipping raw veggies, olives and pita wouldn’t hurt, either.)
15. Radish And Cucumber Salad
A ten-minute appetizer that’s made almost entirely from pantry staples? Where do we sign up?
16. Keto Sautéed Radishes
Proof that butter, salt and pepper can go a long, long, long way.
17. Spicy Quick-pickled Radishes
Make a batch to store in your fridge so you always have them on hand. They’ll add a zingy kick to burgers, tacos, salads, rice bowls and more.
18. Simmered Daikon Radish With Chicken In Yuzu Sauce
The yuzu juice’s tart-yet-sweet signature flavor really makes this dish. If you can’t get your hands on any, substitute a mix of lemon and lime juice with a touch of orange or grapefruit juice.
19. Roasted Cumin, Carrot, Radish And Avocado Salad
Won’t your mom be so proud of you for eating your vegetables when this side dish hits the Mother’s Day table?
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20. Pork Belly Sliders
Not only are they topped with homemade pickled daikon radish and carrot, but they’re also slathered with green onion mayo. Excuse us while we inhale a dozen.
21. Chicken Tinga Tostadas With Radish Pico De Gallo
The recipe swaps traditional tomatoes for radishes, which is a great trick any time you’re making pico outside of tomato season. Extra lime juice will help soften their pepperiness and bring out their floral notes.
22. Easy Pho With Daikon Noodles
A Vietnamese staple that’s positively soul-soothing. This rendition includes shrimp, cubed tofu, mung bean sprouts, bok choy and kale, but feel free to substitute whatever protein or greens you have on hand.
23. Cinnamon-sugar Radish Chips
Who knew radishes could do dessert? Serve them atop Greek yogurt with honey or just nosh on them plain.