Recipe corner: cooking with radishes
Radishes are grown locally here in Richmond, VA and they are in season during the spring months. These vegetables are rich in nutrients and a single cup serving provides an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and folate. Additionally, they are a good source of fiber. Radishes vary in shape and size and are available in dozens of colorful varieties. Research suggests radishes may help decrease inflammation and cancerous tumor growth, possibly offering protection from heart disease and certain cancers.
Most commonly, you will find radishes as a staple in salads and used as a garnish. However, radishes can be used in many different ways while cooking. Try some of these radish recipes for yourself. You will be pleasantly surprised how much you enjoy them!
Roasted Radish, Arugula, and Havarti Pita Bread Pizza
Pizza that is better for you, less calories and still taste great! This recipe takes fresh tasting pizza to a new level. To top it all off it is so easy to make and only needs to bake for up to 10 minutes.
- 1/2 bunch of radishes about 3 or 4
- 3 Pita breads
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 ounces Havarti cheese
- 2 cups arugula
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thinly slice radishes. Top each pita bread with olive oil, thin slices of Havarti cheese, arugula, sliced radishes, and pine nuts. Bake for about 7-10 minutes and serve hot.
This recipe has very little prep and is a nice change from your traditional tomato salsa. Enjoy this colorful combination of fruit and vegetables just in time for Cinco de Mayo. The sweet and savory taste of this salsa can be served with tortilla chips or pita bread. It also pairs great with grilled chicken or fish, as well as, a quesadilla. If you want to spice up your breakfast, try mixing it in with some scrambled eggs or on top of toast with an avocado spread.
- 1 mango
- 1 bunch of radishes, about 7
- 2 scallions
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 tablespoon cilantro
- ½ jalapeno pepper for spice (If you prefer a milder salsa prepare with less or no jalapeno at all.)
To prep for your salsa you will need to peel and dice your mango. As well as, thinly slice your radishes and scallions. Mix your diced mango, sliced radishes and scallions in a bowl. Drizzle with lime juice and add cilantro right before serving. Per taste add chopped jalapeno pepper.
Recipes prepared by Allie Farley, M.S., R.D., L.D., registered dietitian at VCU Health, based on inspiration from Jaroflemons.com and EatingWell.com. Visit our Diet and Nutrition blog for more recipes and information about the role that diet plays in cancer.