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Watermelon Radish Recipes

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If you love watermelon radishes, here are some great recipes to use them in! These radishes don't taste like watermelon but they sure do look like it.

Watermelon radishes are a nondescript looking root vegetable on the outside - they're a pale green and milky white, but when you cut them open, they're a vibrant pink!

Watermelon radishes are an heirloom variety of the Chinese daikon radish and are bred for sweetness and a light peppery flavor. They are one of my favorite radishes to eat raw because of their mellow flavor.

Here are some ways to use watermelon radishes in your cooking.

1. Watermelon Radish Appetizers

These beautiful little appetizer bites are super easy to make! You'll use the radish as the base of the canapé bite and then top it with spicy tuna.

These are perfect two bite pass around appetizers and they make a great dish as part of a tapas meal.

A plate of watermelon radish appetizer bites.

2. Watermelon Radish Toast

A delicious brunch or afternoon snack recipe! This radish toast recipe is made with toasted sourdough, goat's cheese, slices of radish, and a drizzle of olive oil.

The peppery bite of the radishes pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the cheese. This recipe is ready in just a few minutes.

Watermelon radish toasts on a white plate.

3. All the Radishes Salad

This salad combines multiple types of radishes, shaved parmesan, and chopped pistachios for a beautiful and kicky side dish.

Watermelon radishes are used, as well as green meat radishes, daikon radishes, and red radishes. You can use your favorite varieties to make an exciting mixture of colors and flavors.

A large salad bowl with sliced radishes, parmesan, and micro greens.

4. Watermelon Radish Kumquat Salad

This fresh and bright salad is made with chopped romaine, radicchio, kumquats, radishes, and a dukkah spice blend.

It has some sour notes, but also some earthy richness from the nut and spice blend. It's a unique flavor combination that is worth trying!

A large wooden salad bowl with a greens, radicchio, kumquats, watermelon radishes, and tongs.

Watermelon Radish Recipes - Watermelon Radish Toast

Two slices of toast with goat cheese and watermelon radish on a white plate.

These watermelon radish recipes are easy to make and so delicious! Here's how to use spring and fall's cutest vegetable.

Prep Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces sourdough bread
  • 1 watermelon radish, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 ounces herbed goat's cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • pinch of flaky sea salt and pepper
  • sprinkle of microgreens

Instructions

  1. Toast the bread. Spread a layer of goat's cheese onto both slices of bread then top with the watermelon radish slices.
  2. Drizzle the toast with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and microgreens.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 563Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 1021mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 9gSugar: 12gProtein: 21g

Watermelon Radish FAQs

When are watermelon radishes in season?

Watermelon radishes are in season from late fall to early spring. You might find them at stores year round, but they'll have the best flavor in the cooler months.

Where to buy watermelon radishes?

Watermelon radishes are typically available at specialty grocery stores with large produce sections, farmer's markets, and in CSA boxes.

What do watermelon radishes taste like?

Watermelon radish have a mild peppery flavor and some sweetness, but do not taste like watermelon! They are more mellow than regular red radishes.

How to store watermelon radishes?

You can store your watermelon radishes in the refrigerator for up to a week. If they were purchased at a farmer's market, they'll likely last for two weeks in the refrigerator.

Different types of radishes on a marble background.
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