20 Radish Recipes That Go Beyond Salads

The colorful root vegetables are much more versatile than they seem

The diversity of radishes is remarkable, and a trip to the farmers' market reveals their rainbow potential. In the spring and summer growing season, the spicy bulb can be found in shades of white, purple, pink, black, and green (the watermelon radish is pale green on the outside and a deep magenta within), and in shapes that range from stout and bulbous to long and thin like a delicate icicle. They also vary widely in heat, from mild and slightly sweet to almost painfully peppery.

The easiest thing to do with radishes is to take a baguette, spread it with good quality butter, and layer raw, thinly sliced radishes on top. Sprinkle with salt to taste and you're done: it's a surefire snack for yourself, or the easiest appetizer that you can serve at holiday parties. Or, just spread the butter and salt directly on the radishes themselves, eliminating the baguette altogether.

Or go beyond butter and use the vegetable in a myriad of raw or cooked dishes. Try radishes sliced or shredded into salads, fermented into pickles, or cooked into stews, soups, and braises—you can’t go wrong.

Boursin Dip with Radishes

Fall Radishes with Boursin Dip
A creamy soft cheese spread flecked with dill, parsley, and chive. Get the recipe for Boursin Dip with Radishes »Matt Taylor-Gross

Sprouts, Kohlrabi, and Beet Salad with Herbed Crème Fraîche Dressing

Sprouts, Kohlrabi, and Beet Salad with Herbed Crème Fraîche Dressing
Sprouted lentils, mung beans, and sunflower seeds add lightness and nutrient density to a hearty salad of beets and kohlrabi over an herbed dressing. Get the recipe for Sprouts, Kohlrabi, and Beet Salad with Herbed Crème Fraîche Dressing »Ryan Liebe

Cucumber and Radish Salad with Fresh Cheese

Cucumber and Radish Salad with Fresh Cheese
This simple garden salad sits on a milky bed of crumbled biezpiens, a soft, fresh cow's-milk cheese omnipresent throughout Latvia. This recipe details how to make your own, but in its place you can substitute a well-drained ricotta or crumbled queso fresco. Get the recipe for Cucumber and Radish Salad with Fresh Cheese »Susan Bell

Okroshka (Chilled Buttermilk Soup with Herbs)

Okroshka (Chilled Buttermilk Soup with Herbs) Recipe
This take on okroshka, a classic summer soup named after the Russian word kroshit, meaning "to crumble" uses tangy kefir or buttermilk as a base and is filled with heaps of torn fresh herbs. Grated horseradish and spicy mustard add a gentle backnote to the soup. If you can't find quail eggs or don't have the patience to peel them, hard-boil chicken eggs and cut them into quarters. Get the recipe for Chilled Buttermilk Soup with Herbs (Okroshka) »Simon Bajada

Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint

Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint
This light quinoa salad, filled with scallions, mint, snap peas, and crisp haricots verts tossed in a Dijon vinaigrette, makes a perfect summer side dish for picnics and barbecues. Get the recipe for Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint »Matt Taylor-Gross

Shtetl Toast

Shtetl Toast
Gribenes, the deeply-flavored result of cooking chicken skin and onions down in fat—a byproduct of rendering schmaltz—is perfect fodder for schmearing on this crostini from Wise Sons Jewish delicatessen in San Francisco. Get the recipe for Shtetl Toast »Matt Taylor-Gross

Prawns with Edamame Slaw and Carrot Miso Sauce

Prawns with Edamame Slaw and Carrot Miso Sauce
Carrot juice and white miso make a sweet umami dressing for jumbo prawns and a spicy slaw of radish and edamame in this recipe adapted from chef Ryan Edwards of Appellation restaurant in Barossa, Australia. Get the recipe for Prawns with Edamame Slaw and Carrot Miso Sauce »Matt Taylor-Gross

Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese

Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese
In this simple Japan-meets-California salad, radishes are tossed with cilantro and a fragrant rice vinegar and soy sauce vinaigrette before topped with goat cheese. Get the recipe for Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese »Matt Taylor-Gross

Justin Smillie's Peppercorn-Crusted Short Ribs with Lemon, Olives, and Radishes

Justin Smillie's Peppercorn-Crusted Short Ribs with Lemon, Olives, and Radishes
These short ribs are brined, steam-roasted, and then seared, making the meat succulent and turning the peppercorn rub into a thick, spicy bark. Get the recipe for Justin Smillie's Peppercorn-Crusted Short Ribs with Lemon, Olives, and Radishes »Ingalls Photography

Asparagus Mint Slaw

Asparagus Mint Slaw
Raw asparagus, carrots, and radishes get tossed with fresh mint and vinegar in this bright and crunchy slaw. Get the recipe for Asparagus Mint Slaw »Helen Rosner

Fava Bean, Herb, and Pomegranate Fattoush

Fava Bean, Herb, and Pomegranate Fattoush
Fava beans add protein to this take on the Levantine bread salad from Australia-based chef Matt Wilkinson. Get the recipe for Fava Bean, Herb, and Pomegranate Fattoush »André Baranowski

Braised Zabuton with Coffee Beans

Braised Zabuton with Coffee Beans
The small flap of meat between the chuck and the rib eye in Wagyu is called the zabuton, meaning "cushion" in Japanese. Nicely marbled with intramuscular fat, the little-known cut—sometimes dubbed a Denver steak—is buttery and rich. Get the recipe for Braised Zabuton with Coffee Beans »Andre Baranowski

Radish and Butter Sandwich

Radish and Butter Sandwich
It's tres French to pair crisp, spicy radishes with softened, salted butter; a thin-sliced baguette is the perfect vehicle. Get the recipe for Radish and Butter Sandwich »Helen Rosner

Vegetables Pickled in Kelp Vinegar

Vegetables Pickled in Kelp Vinegar
Dashi, an enhanced kelp stock with rich umami flavor, is a staple component of Japanese cooking; it has the remarkable effect of accentuating the flavors of anything cooked in it. Here, it adds depth to a pickle brine from award-winning cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo. We use radishes, but any sturdy vegetables, such as peppers, cauliflower, or onions, will do. Get the recipe for Vegetables Pickled in Kelp Vinegar »Andre Baranowski

Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad

watermelon radish salad, easy salads, summer salad recipe
At Los Angeles' Lemonade restaurant, crunchy radishes, snap peas, and medium-rare seared tuna are tossed in a ginger-soy dressing for a crisp and colorful entrée salad. Get the recipe for Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad »Ingalls Photography

Marinated Celery and Avocado Salad

Marinated Celery and Avocado Salad
Crisp celery and radishes are lightly pickled in lemon juice in this salad from chef Juan Pablo Mellado Arana of Las Cabras in Santiago, which makes a perfect addition to any heavy Chilean meal. Get the recipe for Marinated Celery and Avocado Salad »Justin Walker

Sweet and Sour Vegetables with Poached Egg

Sweet and Sour Vegetables with Poached Egg
Ginger, lemongrass, and maple vinegar add a warm base note to this dish, which is packed with root vegetables, and topped with a crisp greens and a poached egg. Get the recipe for Sweet and Sour Vegetables with Poached Egg »Romulo Yanes

Pickled Radishes and Green Onion

Pickled Radishes and Green Onion
Crisp, spicy radishes get a dose of toasty warmth from sesame oil in this quick pickle, brightened with scallions and sesame seeds. Get the recipe for Pickled Radishes and Green Onion »Maxime Iattoni

Croatian Radish Salad (Salata od Rotkvica)

Croatian Radish Salad (Salata od Rotkvica)
This citrusy radish salad also makes a cool, palate-cleansing side for whole grilled fish. Get the recipe for Croatian Radish Salad (Salata od Rotkvica) »Penny De Los Santos

Open-Faced Rye, Poached Red Snapper, Pickled Radish, and Salsa Verde Sandwich

Open Faced Rye, Poached Red Snapper, Pickled Radish, and Salsa Verde Sandwich, Tasmania
For this open-faced sandwich at Betsey Cafe, chef David Moyle uses the fish bones to make a flavorful stock, which is then used for poaching the fillets. Get the recipe for Open-Faced Rye, Poached Red Snapper, Pickled Radish, and Salsa Verde Sandwich »James Fisher