The poor little red radish, it gets such a bad wrap for being so bitter…and trust me, I do get why radishes get a bad wrap as it is a bitter vegetable and who would want to eat a bitter vegetable, right?
As a young girl I always remember eating radish salads and I loved them! My mom would make a radish salad in the heat of summer as it was so refreshing. Honestly, I really didn’t realize that they were bitter until I celebrated my first passover dinner and my mother in law had radishes on the table to dip in the salt water to remind that “These bitter herbs represent the Jews’ bitterness as they labored day and night for Pharaoh”. Since they represented bitterness, I kind of forgot about the sweetness in a radish…until tonight.
It’s very hot here in California and what I’m learning is that when it’s hot, I don’t want to cook and when I cook, I tend to make 15-20 minute meals which means I have no prep time so I apologize for not providing a video on this recipe…yet! lol So tonight I made some shrimp (I’ll post a recipe soon) and this great radish salad.
Once again, it’s a super easy recipe that reps many rewards and for me even my kids love it. My mother was amazing at pairing her ingredients and her secret to keeping the radish salad refreshing…red wine vinegar…yes the vinegar with the radish takes away the bitterness.
So I cut off the greens of the radishes and put them in the colander…as you can see they are very dirty
I put water in my colander and do a mild scrub. Because the radishes grow underground it’s very important to wash thoroughly, you can see how dirty the water is?
I remove them and wash them again. I then remove the top and bottom of the radish
I then slice it as thin as I can, this photo only shows the small one that I cut…see how many slices one little radish can do?
I then put them in a bowl, season with my oil and vinegar, salt & pepper…and enjoy
it’s such an easy recipe. I would not change out the red vinegar for this recipe. I hope you enjoy this recipe on your next hot summer night.
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