Radish Salad with Mint and Pistachios

On any given day after a run to the farmer’s market, you’ll find a bowl full of red radishes, greens and roots lopped off, soaking in water in my parent’s refrigerator. My father loves radishes. Whereas some parents put out cookies and chips for their kids for snacks, my dad put out radishes for us, and still does. Crunchy and cool, they’re a great snack. Cut up and tossed with some lemon, oil, mint, and pistachios, they make a great little salad too, or a lovely side for steak, Mexican pulled pork, or tacos. We tossed the radishes with toasted pistachios; I’ve also made with with toasted sunflower seeds, equally good.

Radish Salad with Mint and Pistachios Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish.

This salad is best eaten fresh. You can prep the ingredients several hours ahead, and even let the radishes marinate in the lemon juice for a couple hours. But don't add the oil, mint, or pistachios until read to serve.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of red or pink radishes, cut into 1/4-inch thick wedges
  • Grated zest of one lemon, about 1 teaspoon
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots, from 1 to 2 shallots
  • Juice from one lemon, about 3 to 4 Tbps
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A heaping 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • 10 large mint (spearmint) leaves, chopped or sliced thin, about 1/4 cup
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method

1 Mix the radish wedges, minced shallots, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt in a bowl.  Let sit for 15 to 30 minutes.

2 Toast the shelled pistachios by heating a small skillet on high heat. Add the pistachios and heat until lightly browned. Remove from heat and let cool.

3 When you are ready to serve, if there is a lot of excess liquid in the radishes, strain some of it out. Then toss the toasted pistachios, mint, and olive oil in with the radishes.

Serve immediately.

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Roasted Radishes and Greens Salad, from White on Rice Couple

Jicama, Orange and Radish Salad, from Herbivoracious

Black Radish and Potato Salad, from Chocolate and Zucchini

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18 Comments

  1. Garrett

    This was excellent at the potluck, Elise! Loved it!

  2. nobile

    This reminded me a lot of a traditional Guatemalan salad called Chojín. It uses shredded radishes, spearmint, salt, lime and pork rind crumbs. It was one of my favourite salads as a kid :)

  3. Janel @ Creating Tasty Stories

    My husband loves radishes, so I often pick them up from the farmer’s market, too. I’ll give this salad a try this summer. Sounds very refreshing.

  4. Grace @ Perpetual Nomming

    So colorful! My father also loves radishes. Birthday lunch, for sure!!

  5. Jerry

    What a refreshing looking salad!

  6. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Super fresh and clean looking, love it!

  7. Mallory

    mmm I love radishes. That salad looks like summer in a bowl!

  8. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

    My dad absolutely loves radishes, and so I thought of him the second I saw this post! Can’t wait to try this recipe with the addition of the mint. Love it!

  9. Rohini

    Why does your father soak the radishes in water? Is it the same concept of soaking beans (to get rid of some of the gas-causing oligosaccharides)?

    • Nate

      I assumed it was to keep them from drying out…once you cut the stem/greens off, they have nothing keeping them hydrated. I could be wrong though, I’ve never done it myself.

    • Elise

      Hi Rohini, chilling and soaking the prepped radishes in water helps keep them crisp.

  10. Marie

    I have recently discovered Easter egg radishes, and am going to use them in this delicious sounding recipe!

  11. Shinee

    This salad sounds awesome! I happen to have all the ingredients at home. Can’t wait to prepare this for dinner! Thank you!

  12. Christian Gehman

    A little melted butter drizzled over this to congeal on the cold radish slices, tossed lightly with the pistachios and then the mint over?

  13. Zeza

    My family loves radishes, planted them in our garden, and they are mostly prepared with lettuce or onions, and spices used as pumpkin seed oil and apple cider vinegar. Next time we will try according to your recipe.

    Today I discovered this blog, so rich in wonderful recipes, real Treasure Island, and put it on my list of blogs that I love.

    Receive cordial greetings from Croatia
    Zeza

    Please excuse me for my mistakes, I use google translate.

  14. Richard

    LOVE your site! Even my wife, who does not particularly like radishes, liked this salad.

  15. Beth Sullivan

    My dad used to eat radishes, butter, and brown bread for lunch! He would have loved this salad.
    Thanks, Elise

  16. Maureen

    This was really good. I loved the combo of radish, lemon and pistachio! I substituted parsley for mint. And only used one shallot.

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