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Roasted radishes: mellow them into the perfect side dish

 

If you haven't roasted radishes before, you're in for a surprise. The sharp flavor mellows into a sweet earthiness.

If you haven't roasted radishes before, you're in for a surprise. The sharp flavor mellows into a sweet earthiness. Photo by: Melissa d'Arabian via AP

 

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We're not a huge radish-eating country here in the United States, and I think that's a mistake. 

 

Radishes carry in their little bodies a tremendous variety of vitamins and minerals, so they're a smart addition to our five-a-day veggie eating, but the spicy flavor can keep many home cooks away. 

 

In France, I learned to love radishes as common cocktail hour snack (or "aperitif"), eaten raw, smeared with a small glob of butter and a dash of salt. If that sounds a little crazy, I dare you to try it and tell me that the French are not the wisest radish-eating culture out there. Of course, falling in love with a veggie only when topped with creamy fatty butter isn't exactly a recipe for healthy eating, but it did get radishes on my radar, which led me to: roasting them. 

 

If you haven't roasted radishes before, you are in for a surprise. The sharp flavor mellows into a sweet earthiness that is completely family-friendly. In fact, my four girls have love roasted radishes since they were toddlers, owing to the gorgeous shade of pink they turn in the oven. Radishes are delicious simply tossed in a little olive oil and salt and pepper, and then roasted until tender in a hot oven -- about 20 minutes at 400 F. Or add some minced garlic and dried herbs before cooking and then a squeeze of lemon before eating. 

 

Today's recipe tops plain roasted radishes with a quick green goddess dressing made from Greek yogurt, lemon juice, dill and parsley. Drizzle the dressing over hot radishes and serve as a side dish, or let the radishes cool to use as finger food to dip in the gorgeous herbaceous sauce. 

 

 

 

ROASTED RADISHES WITH GREEN GODDESS DRESSING 

 

Servings: 6 

 

Start to finish: 30 minutes 

 

 

 

1 pound radishes, about 15, cut in half, lengthwise 

 

2 teaspoons olive oil 

 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

 

1/4 teaspoon black pepper 

 

Green Goddess Dressing: 

 

1/2 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt 

 

1 tablespoon lemon juice 

 

1 teaspoon olive oil 

 

1/4 cup chopped green onion 

 

1/4 teaspoon minced fresh garlic (about 1/2 a clove) 

 

1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley 

 

1 tablespoon fresh dill (or 1 teaspoon dried) 

 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

 

 

 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the halved radishes, olive oil and salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir to coat. Pour the radishes onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast until tender, about 20 minutes (no need to flip). Meanwhile, place all the dressing ingredients into a blender and blend just until mixed, but a few green flecks remain, about 20 seconds. (The recipe makes extra dressing.) 

     

  • Serve the radishes warm or room temperature with about half of the sauce, either drizzled on top, or served in a small bowl as a dip.

     

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