|Farm fresh radishes ready to be cleaned|
The best and freshest radishes are those with the greens still attached. It's best to remove the greens before storage because they will draw out moisture from the roots and eventually dry out the radish.
Fresh, crisp red radishes were one of my mother's favorite vegetables and here are a couple of ways she taught me to enjoy them.
For a quick, healthy snack, just spread a little peanut butter on the radish. The peanut butter cuts down on any sharpness and it provides protein so a low calorie snack like this will last and help reduce the craving for additional snacks. A great treat if you're trying to lose weight.
The other is a simple radish salad my mother used to pull together in seconds. It's delicious, very quick and easy and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. My mother would serve it as one of the side dishes to our Chinese meals. I hope you'll enjoy it.
SWEET AND SOUR RADISH SALAD - serves 4 as a side dish
2 bunches of fresh radishes ( about 20 radishes) - both ends trimmed and washed well
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
Crush each radish with the broad side of a knife. A Chinese knife is best for this job. Cut larger ones in half before crushing. Just crush enough to crack the radish so it will absorb the dressing better.
Place the radish in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 15 minuites and drain. Transfer to a serving bowl.
Mix the sugar and vinegar together in a small bowl and pour it over the radishes. Drizzle with the sesame oil, toss and serve.
|Sweet and Sour Radish Salad|