36 Paleo Radish Recipes Perfect for Summer TimeRadish cover

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.

Salads

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.

1. Radish and Cucumber Salad

1. Radish and Cucumber Salad

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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.

2. Cuban Salad with Radish, Onion and Avocado

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.

3. Kale, Radish Salad with Roasted Pepper and Chive Pesto Vinaigrette

4. Radish and Egg Salad

3. Kale, Radish Salad with Roasted Pepper and Chive Pesto Vinaigrette

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4. Radish and Egg Salad

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These two dishes have something in common, in that a few elements require cooking before the salad can be considered complete. In the first it is the yellow pepper that makes the pesto that must be roasted to perfection before being blitzed and combined with some other tasty items. The ingredients in this kale and radish salad really pack a punch in terms of nutrition. The kale keeps you feeling fuller for longer while promoting healthy skin and eyes. Also in the salad is carrot, cabbage, bell pepper, and of course radish all of which is coated lovingly in the divine and flavoursome roasted yellow bell pepper and chive pesto. Unsurprisingly, the cooked ingredient in the radish and egg salad is the egg, which is hard-boiled. Apart from that the salad is incredibly simple and is garnished with spring onions and drizzled with homemade mayonnaise.

5. Ginger Carrot and Radish Salad

6. Carrot and Beet Salad with Spicy Mustard Dressing

5. Ginger Carrot and Radish Salad

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6. Carrot and Beet Salad with Spicy Mustard Dressing2

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These salads offer similar flavours with the spice and tang provided by ginger in the first option and by a mustard dressing in the second. The first recipe is particularly simple and a great way to use up a big harvest of carrots. The dressing is slightly sweet, a characteristic provided by the addition of maple syrup and this perfectly balances the intense and quite fiery flavours of the carrot and ginger. This salad would make the ideal side to an Asian inspired fish dish. The carrot, radish and beetroot recipe also integrates kale and walnuts and the addition of these extra ingredients make this a wonderfully substantial dish that could happily be a meal on its own. The walnuts offer a satisfying bite, not to mention health benefits that are good for the brain, diabetes, weight control and the heart.

7. Spring Salad with Radishes and Beets

8. Watercress and Radish Salad with Walnuts and Goats Cheese

7. Spring Salad with Radishes and Beets

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8. Watercress and Radish Salad with Walnuts and Goats Cheese

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While goats cheese, being dairy isn’t strictly paleo, it does fall under the umbrella of primal, so some opt to include it in their diet regardless. The key to this if you do choose to eat goats cheese is to stick to the organic, raw and grass fed varieties whenever possible. If you are going to treat yourself to some tasty goats cheese every now and then, this salad is the perfect way to make the most of those delicate yet slightly salty flavours. The watercress and walnuts compliment the cheese perfectly and overall the salad is light and utterly scrumptious.

9. Arugula, Strawberry and Radish Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

9. Arugula, Strawberry and Radish Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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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.

10. Garlic and Dill Flavored Roasted Radishes and Cauliflower

11. Herb Roasted Breakfast Radishes

10. Garlic and Dill Flavored Roasted Radishes and Cauliflower

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11. Herb Roasted Breakfast Radishes

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The first three of our cooked radish recipes are all keeping it simple by focusing on roasting. When it comes to these dishes it’s simply a matter of slinging your ingredients in a bowl, drizzling with a lovely heart healthy oil such as olive oil and leaving them to roast beautifully in the oven. The breakfast radishes replace potatoes as a low carb alternative and are used to create deliciously crunchy and healthy ‘hash browns’. Naturally, this is a great breakfast dish but it also makes the perfect side dish.

12. Bacon and Balsamic Roasted Radishes

12. Bacon and Balsamic Roasted Radishes

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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.

13. Sautéed Radishes with Bacon and Rosemary

13. Sautéed Radishes with Bacon and Rosemary

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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.

14. Delicious Bacon, Brussels Sprouts and Radish

15. Radish Pod and Asparagus Sauté

16. Sautéed Radishes with Parsley Butter

14. Delicious Bacon, Brussels Sprouts and Radish

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15. Radish Pod and Asparagus Sauté

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16. Sautéed Radishes with Parsley Butter

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These recipes go on to prove that sautéing is another very effective method of cooking radishes, as all of these dishes look simply irresistible. They are also extremely easy and involve cooking your ingredients through in coconut oil or butter in a skillet before finishing with herbs and seasoning. Heating the radishes through in this way makes them soft and tender while the buttery finish is simply indulgent.

17. Vegetable Nori Wraps with Sunflower Butter Dipping Sauce

17. Vegetable Nori Wraps with Sunflower Butter Dipping Sauce

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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.

18. Radish, Fennel and Mint Slaw

18. Radish, Fennel and Mint Slaw

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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.

19. Fermented Radish Tops

19. Fermented Radish Tops2

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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.

20. Guacamole with Radish and Orange

21. Radish Tortilla Chips

20. Guacamole with Radish and Orange

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21. Radish Tortilla Chips

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Put these two recipes together for a radish-based feast and two completely different dishes, which together is a match made in heaven. Who could possibly resist tortilla chips and guacamole, as a Sunday sharing snack in front of the TV. The best part of this combo is that you don’t need to punish your body with processed and shop bought chips but rather can make your own healthy and paleo suitable alternatives. Thinly sliced radish is the star of the show in this dish and the avocado guacamole with added radish and orange is simply divine. Enjoy this light bite to your hearts content without any guilt or extreme weight gain.

Mains

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.

22. Skirt Steak with Radish and Cucumber Salsa

22. Skirt Steak with Radish and Cucumber Salsa

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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.

23. Herbed Top Sirloin with Sautéed Radishes

23. Herbed Top Sirloin with Sautéed Radishes

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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.

24. Chilled Radish Soup

25. Radish and Leek Soup

24. Chilled Radish Soup

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25. Radish and Leek Soup

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Soups are wonderfully nutritional meals and great for sharing with friends and family. The chilled radish soup recipe is particularly ideal for summer weather, when you may not fancy a proper hot meal. It’s also easier to make than you might expect with primary ingredients being the radish and watermelon. Lime juice, cloves and chilli oil add a depth of flavour that makes this soup delightful. The radish and leek recipe has a more creamy and satisfying characteristic and is made from a chicken broth with sautéed leeks, radishes and garlic before being blended and seasoned.

26. Grilled Pork Ribs with Beet -Radish Slaw and Roasted Paprika Squash

26. Grilled Pork Ribs with Beet -Radish Slaw and Roasted Paprika Squash

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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.

27. Rocking Radish Browns

27. Rocking Radish Browns

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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.

28. Haddock and Open Piccalilli

29. Salmon Fishcakes with Radish Celery Salsa

30. Baked Tilapia with Radish Relish

28. Haddock and Open Piccalilli

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29. Salmon Fishcakes with Radish Celery Salsa

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30. Baked Tilapia with Radish Relish

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Fish is another primary and very healthful ingredient that goes wonderfully with radish. The haddock is pan-fried in any paleo friendly fat and garnished with apple cider vinegar pickled vegetables including cauliflower, radish and onion. The salmon fish cakes are beautifully light and combined with some tasty veggies including sweet potato and parsnip. This is complemented with a refreshing and slightly tangy relish made from radish, celery, spring onion, orange juice and horseradish. The baked tilipia is baked in a paper bag and served with the simple yet tasty radish relish.

31. Paleo Fried Rice using Daikon Radish Noodles

32. Ginger Radish Paleo Rice with Gochugaru and Fried Egg

33. Korean Bibimbap with Paleo Rice

31. Paleo Fried Rice using Daikon Radish Noodles

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32. Ginger Radish Paleo Rice with Gochugaru and Fried Egg

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33. Korean Bibimbap with Paleo Rice

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These three faux-rice dishes provide you with the warm and satisfying taste and texture of rice without you having to deviate from the paleo diet. These crafty dishes are most easily prepared with use of the handy spiralizer, as radishes are the perfect size and texture to pass smoothly through the spiral slicer’s blades. Chop up the resulting spirals into small pieces to become your rice alternatives. The different recipes provide three different flavours and versions of rice dishes, all of which are incredibly satisfying and wholesome.

34. Poached Chicken and Hemp Radish Salad

34. Poached Chicken and Hemp Radish Salad

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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.

35. Peanut and Daikon Radish Noodle Salad

35. PEANUT AND DAIKON RADISH NOODLE SALAD

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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…

36. Banana and Radish Smoothie

36. Banana and Radish Smoothie

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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.

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