Celebrate radish season with over 20 of the best radish recipes! Post includes an informative produce guide, along with recipes including radish slaw, pickled radishes, roasted radishes and more!

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Spring has sprung, rainy or not, and I couldn’t be happier.  Did winter feel like it was 6 months long or what???

When spring comes, I’m attracted to all the green foods.  Asparagus, peas, fava beans and leafy greens are favorites of mine, but I can never forget about radish!

I wanted to publish this radish produce guide weeks ago, but I was holding off until I could find more of a variety for my photographs.  I had no luck, so I just picked up the prettiest bunches of red radishes that I could find and rolled with it.

They ended up being quite photogenic in the end. 🙂

Radishes on a white plate
What are radishes?

Radishes are globe-shaped, pungent tasting edible root vegetables in the Brassica family, which also includes broccoli, kale, cabbage, mustard greens, cauliflower and turnips.

They’re also related to wasabi and horseradish. Radishes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, and are mostly consumed raw.

While there isn’t a lot of archeological records available on radishes to help determine their early history, Southeast Asia is thought to be their origin as many wild varieties have been discovered there.

Radishes became domesticated in Europe in the 1500’s, and hit the United States in the early 1600’s.

What are the types of radishes?

There are basically 4 different varieties of radishes, which are categorized based on the season that they’re grown in.

The most common varieties of radishes are the Cherry Belle (pictured in this post), Sparkler (bright red with white tip), White Beauty (white in color), French Breakfast (small oblong, red with a white bottom), White Icicle (5-8″ in length), Daikon (huge white radishes almost as large as parsnip), and Fire and Ice (half red and half white).

Unique varieties of radishes include Easter egg radishes and my personal favorite — watermelon radishes.

What do radishes taste like?

Radishes are crisp and crunchy with a pungent, peppery flavor. There are varying degrees of “spiciness” based on when they’re grown, as well as actual size of the radish. Larger radishes are typically spicier, and radishes grown in hotter temperatures are normally spicier as well.

The interesting part about the taste of radishes is that they’re not peppery until you bite into them. The peppery flavor is caused by glucosinolates and an enzyme called mirosinase, which are combined during the chewing process. Chewing forms allyl isothiocyanates, which is also present in horseradish and wasabi.

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Are radish greens edible?

Can you eat radish greens? Yes! Radish greens are edible, so don’t throw those out! They’re very tender with a mild bitter flavor. There are a number of ways to utilize radish greens in recipes, including soups, salads, pastas, pesto sauce, smoothies and sautés!

Are radishes good for you?

There are a number of reasons why radishes are a great addition to your diet. For starters, they’re rich in Vitamin C, potassium, calcium and sodium. They also contain Vitamins A, K and B6, as well as thiamin, niacin, folate, phosphate, iron magnesium and zinc.

Radishes are very low in calories, carbohydrates and contain zero fat. They’re also 95% water, so they make you feel full faster and keep you hydrated!

They also aid digestion, urinary disorders, have a low glycemic index, and can help lower blood pressure, protect kidneys, and boost immunity.  For more information, read about radish health benefits.

Note — the radish greens are the most nutritious part of the plant!

How to grow radishes

One of the first things that I planted in my garden when I started it was radishes. I was told that they have a high success rate and a quick return, and it was true. Normally when I plant from seed I don’t always see great results, but radishes always come through.

I’ve grown many varieties, including watermelon, Easter egg, french breakfast radish and cherry belle, and have never had bad luck.

I have (2) raised beds filled with soil, and I typically start planting my radish seeds in October. I stagger the planting to extend the growing season, for example — the first week in October I’ll plant some seeds, then 1-2 weeks later I’ll plant more, etc.

Grow radishes in full sun and plant seeds 1″ deep for small radishes or 1.5″ deep for larger varieties. Many radish varieties mature in only 3-4 weeks, and the longest up to 6-7 weeks.

Radishes make great companion plants as their pungent odor deters insects such as aphids, ants, cucumber beetles, etc. They’re also great for luring pests away from the main crop.

Radishes are used as a cover crop, especially in organic farming for their deep rooting, which helps prepare the ground for planting every spring. The plants also help suppress weeds, and takes up nitrogen from the ground, which benefits water quality.

Choosing and storing

Choose bright, unblemished radishes with healthy looking greens. Once you get them home, cut the greens off just above the top of the radish so prevent the radish from becoming soft.

Wash the greens thoroughly before use in radish green recipes, or chop and place in a zip top bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Radishes should be stored in the crisper and used within 5 days.

Can you freeze radishes?

Yes, wash them thoroughly before slicing and blanching them in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Immediately submerge in ice water, then pat dry and seal inside a freezer bag.

How to prepare radishes

There are so many ways to prepare radishes! If you eat them raw, try them in salads, slaws, sandwiches or as a topping for tacos and soups.

Have you ever tried a pickled radish recipe? I just recently tried it and I’m hooked! I don’t know if I’ll ever eat a regular pickle over them again. 🙂

Can you cook radishes?

Yes! Radishes are also wonderful cooked. Try them sautéed or roasted!

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If you love produce, be sure to check out the following recipe round ups:

20+ best radish recipes

Not sure what to do with radishes? Look no further! Below are 20+ of the best radish recipes.

Radishes can be used in slaws, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and so much more. Check out the recipes below for lots of inspiration.

A white dish of apple radish slaw

Apple Radish Slaw with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Tart apples, crunchy radishes, and a sweet and spicy vinaigrette all come together to create a healthy and refreshing slaw recipe perfect for BBQ season.
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A white bowl of cabbage, radish, and apple coleslaw on a blue towel.

Cabbage Radish and Apple Coleslaw

This is such a light and refreshing side dish! There is no mayo in the cole slaw dressing, which makes it perfect to bring to hot summer barbecues and potlucks! Cabbage, granny smith apple and radish make it crunchy and the dressing is light and sweet!
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Fennel radish citrus salad on a glass plate

Fennel and Radish Citrus Salad

Move a few simple side ingredients front and center to create this fresh and easy fennel, radish and citrus salad. This recipe is Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and Whole30 friendly.
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Green Goddess Salad

Green Goddess Salad recipe is jam-packed with fresh vegetables, rotisserie chicken and an amazing homemade green goddess salad dressing.
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Lentil radish salad in a white bowl

Lentil, Avocado, and Radish Salad

Toothsome lentils, crunchy spicy paper-thin radishes, sweet fresh mint, and creamy avocado—tumble them all together in a bold citrusy dressing for this lentil, avocado, and radish salad.
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Mexican meatballs in a cast iron skillet

Mexican Meatballs (Albondigas)

Mexican Meatballs – or Albondigas – simmer in enchilada sauce and are topped with sour cream, radishes & cilantro. Serve them taco-style in tortillas or as an appetizer with toothpicks.
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Quick Fridge Pickled Vegetables

Quick Fridge Pickled Vegetables make the ultimate topping for tacos, burgers, and more! Featuring a blend of carrots, cucumber, radish, and onion, this healthy recipe is fast and flavorful!
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Radish, Avocado and Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich

Jazz up lunch with this radish, avocado and egg mayonnaise sandwich!
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A radish rose tea sandwich

Radish Rose Tea Sandwiches

Bite-sized, open-faced, and decorated with a radish rose, these gorgeous tea sandwiches are perfect for tea time and for bridal and baby showers.
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A loaded roast beef sandwich with a toothpick in the top.

Roast Beef Sandwich Recipe with Horseradish Cream

Roast Beef Sandwich Recipe with Horseradish Cream is absolutely loaded up with flavor, from the thinly sliced roast beef to the roasted potatoes, to the horseradish cream, if you want delicious, then this is the sandwich for you.
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Roasted radishes on a white plate

Roasted Radishes

Not a radish fan? Try roasted radishes instead! Roasting mellows the flavor and it’s a great low carb side dish!
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Roasted radishes with sesame seeds on a baking sheet

Roasted Radishes with Soy Sauce & Sesame Seeds

Radishes are surprisingly sweet when they’re cooked and these Roasted Radishes are delicious, with soy sauce and sesame seeds adding extra layers of flavor. And these are so great for anyone who’s watching carbs.
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Sauteed radishes in a white dish

Sauteed Radishes with Vinegar and Herbs

Sauteed Radishes with Vinegar and Herbs are absolutely delish for a quick and tasty low-carb side dish. If you’ve never tried cooking radishes you may be surprised how sweet-tasting they are!
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Radish and Apple Salad on a white plate

Shaved Apple and Radish Salad

The pastel shades of this Shaved Apple and Radish Salad just scream spring — it’s perfect for a Mother’s Day or Easter brunch.
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A plate of spicy shrimp tacos with a dish of sauce.

Shrimp Tacos

These are not your average Shrimp Tacos! Imagine lightly charred corn tortillas cradling tender shrimp with a crisp salt and pepper crust, topped with crunchy cabbage and radish slaw then finished with creamy spicy shrimp taco sauce, a scatter of fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.
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Five spice chicken skewers on a white plate.

Sticky Five Spice Chicken with Carrot Radish Slaw

A simply dressed carrot and radish slaw is the perfect accompaniment to the sweet and sticky chicken in this Sticky Five Spice Chicken with Carrot Radish Slaw.
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Spring Arugula Salad with Shaved Asparagus, Radish and Peas

Spring Arugula Salad with Shaved Asparagus, Radish and Peas is a vibrant vegan salad tossed in a homemade lemon vinaigrette!
A white bowl of spring pea and radish risotto.

Spring Pea and Radish Risotto

Citrus infused creamy arborio rice is tossed with fresh spring peas and Meyer lemon dijon roasted radishes. Topped with crumbly bacon and freshly grated parmesan, this is pea and radish risotto is spring comfort food at its best!
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Three steak tacos with radish slaw

Steak Tacos with Radish-Cilantro Salsa

Mouthwatering tacos in under 20 minutes!! These Flank Steak Tacos with Radish- Cilantro Salsa are a huge family-friendly meal!
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Three jars of pickled radishes

Refrigerator Sweet Pickled Radishes

Sweet Pickled Radish recipe is a quick pickled radish recipe that you can enjoy on your favorite salads, sandwiches and more.
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Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese is whole grain bread with a flavorful cream cheese spread piled high with fresh veggies.  It’s a delicious lunch that you can feel good about!
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Whole30 Carrot Slaw

This vegan Whole30 Carrot Slaw is quick, easy, and full of flavor! Mayo-free with no sweeteners added, it’s a light and healthy paleo option and great with everything!
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Butter Lettuce Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

Butter Lettuce Salad is tender butter lettuce, creamy avocado and crisp radish tossed in a tangy lemon dijon dressing.  It's clean eating at its best!
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