25 Radish Recipes to Add Zing to Your Life

Using up this distinctly flavored root vegetable can be a challenge—we've got you covered.

Miso Roasted Radishes
Photo: GREG DUPREE

Crisp, peppery radishes add zing to any dish, whether sliced raw as a garnish, added to salads, tacos, or served as a side. In other words, if you just picked up a fresh bunch of radishes, we've got plenty of ideas about how to use 'em!

These easy yet delicious radish recipes feature the root vegetable roasted alongside main dishes, sautéed in pastas, and even quick-pickled to top nutty noodles.

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Lemony Chopped Salad With Pita

Lemony Chopped Salad
Victor Protasio

Even if you're not a salad person, it's hard not to fall in love with this colorful offering. Inside you'll find crispy roasted chickpeas, toasted pita bread croutons, and a jamboree of crunchy ingredients. As you may have guessed, spicy radishes are among those crunchy superstars, as are refreshing cucumber slices. A zesty yet sweet lemon-honey dressing ties the whole thing together.

02 of 25

Miso-Roasted Radishes

Miso-Roasted Radishes
Greg DuPree

Easter Egg radishes star two ways in this simple sheet-pan recipe: They're roasted alongside shallots, then their edible tops are crisped up to perfection.

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Crispy Chicken With Roasted Radishes

Easy chicken recipes - Crispy Chicken With Roasted Radishes
Caitlin Bensel

For this chicken dinner recipe, quartered red radishes are nestled next to bone-in thighs, onions, and garlic before a quick 15-minute roast in the oven.

04 of 25

Little Gems and Radishes With Ricotta Salata and Seeds

Little Gems and Radishes With Ricotta Salata and Seeds Recipe
Greg DuPree

Why opt for one type of radish when you can have them all? We love a mix of wild, black, breakfast, French, Easter, and watermelon radishes for this colorful radish salad.

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Spring Pasta Salad

Spring Pasta Salad Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

In this easy-to-make pasta salad, peppery radishes and crisp sugar snap peas nestle up to casarecce—a twisted type of pasta that allows the delicious sauce to cling to its folds. In this case, the sauce is a honey-mustard vinaigrette that's been spiked with shallot and lemon zest. Fresh mint and a sprinkle of salty ricotta salata complete the dish.

06 of 25

Grapefruit, Beet, and Radish Salad

Grapefruit, Beet, and Radish Salad
Greg DuPree

Trust us when we tell you that this vibrant salad is as delicious as it looks. To make this dish, all you need to do is peel and cut a grapefruit before pairing it with sliced beets and assorted radishes, which deliver zesty and slightly sweet notes. Toss everything with some olive oil, salt, and pepper, and you're all set.

07 of 25

Soy-Glazed Salmon Sandwiches With Watercress

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Jen Causey

While most burgers are topped with the requisite lettuce, tomato, and onion trio, these deliciously glazed salmon fillets are joined by a peppery radish watercress salad. What's more? The whole thing is sandwiched between pillowy brioche, making this a truly irresistible meal.

08 of 25

Summer Tacos With Scallion-Peanut Relish

Summer Tacos With Scallion-Peanut Relish
Jen Causey

This no-cook meal comes together in less than 30 minutes thanks to rotisserie chicken that you'll toss in a tasty sriracha-honey sauce, a flavorful peanut and herb relish, and a quick-pickled carrots and daikon radish mixture. The latter component gives this easy dish a crunch, and helps balance out the spicy sauce.

09 of 25

Radish Chicharrones

Radish Chicarrones
Victor Protasio

While radishes aren't always the star of a dish, they certainly shine here. This meat-free take on chicharrónes uses the root veggies in place of pork skin. Once the radishes are fried and smothered in a bright salsa verde made with tomatillos, fried onions, and spicy serrano chiles, you'll be hard-pressed to notice a difference between this version and the real deal.

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Pork Ramen Soup

Pork Ramen Soup
José Picayo

Thin radish slices add a pop of color and a satisfying crunch to this bowl of homemade ramen. Inside you'll also find plenty of noodles, boneless pork chops, grated carrots, and fresh cilantro in a rich chicken broth.

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Korean-Style Lettuce Wraps

Korean-Style Lettuce Wraps
Jennifer Causey

The inspiration for this recipe is a Korean dish called Bo Ssam, which traditionally involves tender pork shoulder, an assortment of toppings, and lettuce leaves for rolling everything up. This version, which can serve a dozen, includes a whole pork roast and DIY wraps that diners can fill with kimchi and pickled carrot and radish slices.

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Pickled Radish-and-Cucumber Dip

Pickled Radish and Cucumber Dip
Caitlin Bensel

Pickle radishes and cucumbers and swirl them into thick Greek yogurt to whip up this delectable dip in just 25 minutes. The cumin oil drizzled on top adds another layer of flavor and richness, and if you let the dip sit for a few extra minutes you'll notice that the pink hue of the radishes leaks into the mixture. The result is a party-friendly dish that's hard to forget.

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Avocado and Radish Toast

Avocado and radish toast recipe illustration.
Emma Darvick

Radish slices liven up a typical slice of avocado toast. This easy-to-make brunch or snack is also made with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh lemon juice, which pairs well with the creaminess of the avocado spread. If you want to upgrade this avocado toast, we've got you covered.

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Quick Nutty Noodles

Vegetable and Noodles Dish in a bowl
Greg DuPree

Quick-pickle radishes in vinegar to make them extra tangy (and extra pink!) before adding them to this rich bowl of dressed soba noodles.

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Salad With Chicken and Crispy Farro

Salad with Chicken and Farro
Jennifer Causey

This easy chicken dish pairs shredded chicken and crispy farro with tender asparagus spears, peppery radish coins, and spicy baby arugula. Serve with a light red wine like pinot noir or a crisp, tart white like sauvignon blanc.

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Crab Rolls

Crab Rolls
Marcus Nilsson

Add chopped radishes, celery, and apples to the crab mixture for lots of crunch and flavor.

17 of 25

Spinach and Radish Salad With Feta

Spinach and Radish Salad With Feta

Bright watermelon radish slices, baby spinach, and crumbled feta cheese are the main components of this simple salad, which is topped with a honey vinaigrette made with fresh dill.

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Herby Chicken Salad Tartines

Herby Chicken Salad Tartines
Victor Protasio

Transform leftover rotisserie chicken into an open-faced sandwich by combining the meat with dijon mustard for sharp heat, apple cider vinegar for punch, celery seeds for savory depth, almonds for crunch, and fresh tarragon and chives for herbal balance. Pile the chicken salad on sourdough bread slices and top it with thinly sliced radishes and you've got lunch in 15 minutes.

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Fish Stick Tacos

Fish Stick Tacos
Caitlin Bensel

Elevate this childhood favorite by taking frozen fish sticks and making them the star of taco night. To make the tacos, all you have to do is add a crunchy cabbage slaw, silky sour cream, and a side of zingy hot sauce, and pile everything into a warm corn tortilla. Garnish the tacos with avocado, sliced radishes, and cilantro sprigs, and dinner is served!

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Quesadillas Poblano

Quesadillas Poblano
Jen Causey

Add some more texture to these vegetable and cheese quesadillas by topping them with radish rounds tossed in lime juice. Avocado slices add some protein and creaminess to the 30-minute meal.

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Tilapia Tacos With Cucumber Relish

Tacos With Cucumber Relish and Tilapia recipe
Charles Masters

If fish tacos are more your speed, give these a try. Each taco is filled with tilapia, fresh cucumber and radish relish, and plenty of rich sour cream. Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the tacos before taking a bite to add some zest.

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Smoked Sardine Toasts With Lemon Mayo and Fennel Salad

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Greg DuPree

Sardines are an acquired taste for many, but if you like 'em, you should bookmark this recipe ASAP. Each piece of multigrain toast is topped with a homemade lemony garlic mayo, sardine fillets, and a fresh fennel-radish salad. If you don't like sardines, use olive-oil packed tuna instead.

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Chicken and Avocado Rice Bowl

Chicken and Avocado Rice Bowl Recipe
Greg DuPree

Watermelon radishes, which are available from late fall through spring, add a perfect pop of color to this grain bowl. Underneath you'll find chicken cutlets, avocado slices, and, of course, a hearty helping of white rice.

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Five-Spice Steak With Couscous

Five-Spice Steak with Couscous
Caitlin Bensel

This 30-minute meal features skirt steak that's been seasoned with a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. The meat rests on a bed of fluffy couscous, and is topped with a refreshingly zippy herb salad studded with radishes and onion.

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Garlicky Skirt Steak Tacos

Garlic-Skirt Steak Tacos
Gentl & Hyers

To make these tacos, you'll start by quickly searing juicy skirt steak in a skillet and slicing against the grain. Then, you'll saute a bit of shredded Napa cabbage in the same pan to soak up some of the meat's savory juices and give the meal some sweetness and crunch. The finishing touch is a crispy, bright slaw of radishes and onion and, of course, a dollop of sour cream.

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