Saturday, September 28, 2013

Mediterranean Radish Salad

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...A commitment to support community agriculture can have unexpected consequences. Produce that's locally grown can be unfamiliar or something that you have, in the past, avoided eating. Greens and beans and peppers I never dreamed of cooking a few short years ago, now regularly appear on our table. The only downside to this, is the occasional scramble to find ways in which to cook the new offerings, or the inevitable backlog that occurs with some of the vegetables. Scallions and radishes seem to procreate in my vegetable crisper, so it should come as no surprise that I recently found myself with a glut of radishes that simply had to be addressed. Fortunately, I remembered a recipe for a salad that had originally come from a nutritional program at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center. I had made it once before, and the fact that I still had the recipe was an indication that we enjoyed the salad. While a radish salad may not be to everyone's liking, I can heartily recommend this one for its flavor, crispness and wholesome goodness. It's also easy to make if you have a food processor. The only thing to keep in mind is that the radishes will bleed if made too soon before serving. Here's the recipe.

Mediterranean Radish Salad...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


4 bunches radishes (about 48 radishes), cleaned, trimmed and thinly sliced

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Salt to taste

8 leaf lettuce leaves


1) Place radishes in a large bowl.

2) Combine lemon juice, olive oil and cayenne in a small bowl.

3) Pour dressing over radishes, add parsley and mix well. Season with salt to taste.

4) Place one lettuce leaf on each of 8 salad plates. Mound a portion of radish mixture over top of each. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

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