36 Paleo Radish Recipes Perfect for Summer Time
The humble radish is a common root vegetable that fits wonderfully into any health-conscious diet, including paleo. Most people will associate radish with salads, and while there are certainly loads of tasty salad recipes on this list, there is also a great deal more variety possible regarding the ways in which it can be prepared and cooked. While raw radish can be a wonderful thing, cooking it creates a whole new flavour and texture so a little experimentation in the kitchen can be well worthwhile. The many health benefits to be reaped by this tasty vegetable are provided by their high vitamin, mineral and water content complimented by a low quantity of saturated fat and cholesterol. The paleo diet promotes clean eating and a diet packed full of nutrients for increased energy levels and overall wellness. The following radish recipes make sticking to a paleo diet plan both easy and extremely scrumptious.
When it comes to radishes, there is no better place to begin than with a varied yet equally enjoyable selection of salad dishes. They are the ultimate light and satisfying summer dish and the best part is the speed in which they can be put together. Some of the best paleo foods including seeds, nuts, oils, and of course veggies, make the most perfect salad ingredients and fortunately radish is an easy flavour to mix and match with other favourites. Each of these salads offers something a little different and all are worth a go this summer.
Starting simple is this radish and cucumber salad. Slices of the two nutritional veggies are layered together to create this refreshing and crisp salad. Parsley leaves and red onion add another dimension of flavour while olive oil and apple cider vinegar finish it off and bring all of the elements together.
Avocado is the stand out ingredient of this dish and as a wonderful food full of healthy fats and dietary fibre that complement the paleo diet very well. Lettuce and tomatoes are also featured in this dish to help make it more substantial, while the garlic and lime dressing will keep you going back for more.
The addition of strawberries and balsamic vinegar makes this salad rather luxurious and is a great accompaniment to red meats. This is the sort of salad that you can throw together in minutes yet will be a huge hit at any dinner party.
Sides and Light Bites
Many of these side dishes introduce some heat to the radish in one-way or another. Thinly sliced, cooking times are minimal, which makes all of these dishes extremely fast and convenient to prepare and finish. While some of these recipes would be suitable as a light bite (veggie Nori Wrap anyone?), the majority of the following recipes are particularly well suited as a side dish to accompany a juicy grilled steak or tender baked fish for example. They are packed full of herbs, spices and other tasty ingredients, and one look is sure to have your mouth watering.
One of the best parts of paleo must be the guilt free way in which you can eat meat in the knowledge that animal fats are considered good fats. Most people would agree that there are few things in this world better than the crisp bite of a perfectly cooked piece of bacon and that is exactly how this recipe perfects the roasted radish dish. Sage, rosemary, thyme and garlic powder add some extra aromatic flavour, while the balsamic vinegar offers a slightly sour and beautifully complimentary dressing.
Sticking on the bacon theme, this recipe features very similar ingredients and therefore similar flavours as the previous one, only the method of cooking is switched up from roasting to sautéing. The bacon is cooked first and the incredible fat that is released is used to sauté the radishes.
This wonderful lunch, starter or side dish features strips of carrot, radish, sprouts and spinach leaves all contained within a seaweed wrap. This crunchy and incredibly nutritional selection of vegetables is accompanied by a sunflower seed butter, which plays the role of a divine and morish dipping sauce.
This paleo friendly coleslaw is a wonderful garnish to a whole variety of main meals. It integrates fennel, cabbage and radish as the main ingredients with mint, mustard, honey, mint and olive oil creating the tasty coating.
This fermented radish top dish is Japanese inspired and the tops are actually a very nutritional part of the crop that often gets overlooked. Fermenting is an excellent way to prepare the tops as it removes the prickles and makes them easier to digest. All it takes is some salt, water and time to create this wonderful garnish, which is another great side for meat and a wonderful addition to a burger.
When you get slightly creative, you will realise that there are many ways in which to incorporate radish into a hearty and satisfying main meal. In some of these recipes the radish can be justly considered an accompaniment to another primary ingredient but in others it is most certainly the star of the show. The following recipes are incredibly varied and range from chilled soups to baked fish and even grilled pork ribs. There is most certainly something for everyone here and some very innovative and tasty uses of the humble radish.
This tasty steak and salsa combo is both satisfyingly meaty and refreshingly light. The salsa made from cucumber, radish, cilantro, lime-juice and olive oil provides a wonderful burst of summer and is the ideal accompaniment to the juicy skirt steak.
Another steak dish recipe, only this one features a wonderful herb crust made from oregano, rosemary and thyme. The sautéed radish accompaniment also integrates leeks and parsley, and is cooked in butter to create a wonderfully luxurious buttery finish.
This fabulous and undeniably hearty feast is made up of three elements; slow roasted barbecue pork ribs; smoked paprika roasted squash and red peppers; and finally the pea, radish and beet slaw. These three elements work together beautifully and the lightness of the lemon and sesame dressed radish slaw perfectly balances the sticky sweetness of the slow roasted glazed ribs.
Creatively named, this dish is essentially an all day breakfast or the most scrumptious and mouth watering brunch imaginable. The radishes have been innovatively used to create a version of hash browns that keep the carbs down a little. Also featured on this plate of goodness are turmeric pancakes with butter and syrup, eggs, bacon and breakfast meats. Clever and creative cooking techniques keep the calories and carbohydrates impressively low.
This tender poached chicken salad is wonderfully healthy and packed full of protein. Peppercorns, flaxseed oil, hemp seeds and apple cider vinegar provide extra flavour and seasoning, while addition of chicken helps to keep you full and satisfied.
This peanut and radish noodle dish has a distinct touch of Thailand and was in fact inspired by the iconic dish ‘Pad Thai.’ Additional ingredients that make this tasty and satisfying dish even more appetizing include red pepper, lime juice, green onion and cilantro. Just like the traditional dish, it features a tantalizing peanut flavor but in an ingenious twist, the standard noodles have been replaced with spiralized radish.The subtle flavor of the radish makes excellent low-calorie replacements and the texture of the raw veggie provides a wonderful bite.
And One For Luck…
This final sneaky entry onto the list of paleo friendly radish dishes is somewhat unexpected as it’s not a dish at all, but rather a drink. The smoothie is super easy to make as the only ingredients required are banana, radish, ice and water. The banana provides the predominant flavour and plenty of sweetness, while the radish brings a slightly peppery undertone. This tasty and nutritional drink is packed full of vitamins and minerals including plenty of potassium, vitamin C, and manganese.