Apr 202011
Watermelon Radish
Recently we made a salad with shrimp on the grill and I whipped up some balsamic vinaigrette. I had sliced up some of my fresh watermelon radish I got from my csa but I have never been never a hugeradish fan so I was trying to figure out something creative to do with them rather than use them raw on a salad.  On a whim I placed them in the left over dressing and when I took them out the next day to taste them they were delicious, tasting mostly like the dressing and still had a nice firmness.  I checked Epicurious for a pickled radish recipe to get general ideas on the measurements and sure enough there it was! A pickled daikon with ginger; so my recipe is inspired by that and the watermelon radish recipe is my own creation.  Apple cider vinegar is so very good for you that I thought why not use it to make a bit sweeter recipe.
This is another project to have your kids help with. I sliced the radish on a mandolin and my daughter layered them in jars, poured each ingredient into the bowl for the vinegar mixture, mixed it up and then helped me pour it over the radish.  She really loved the cider vinegar with honey and salt so I made a little cup for her of it with a bit of water, sans salt. Never would have pictured a two year old liking cider vinegar that much but I guess she takes after her mama.
I think next time I will use more vinegar just because I like my pickled veggies REALLY vinegar-y but overall they taste great on salads and I have been wrapping them up in rolled turkey slices as a snack for work. 
 Pickled Watermelon Radish in Apple Cider Vinegar and Sweet Honey
Thinly sliced watermelon radish to fill a medium jar
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, I used Bragg
1 cup water
2 Tbsp honey or agave nectar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1. Place the radish in a medium air tight jar; mix vinegar through mustard in a small bowl; pour over radishes.  Refrigerate and use on sandwiches, salads or whatever!


Ginger Spiced Pickled Daikon Radish
Thinly sliced daikon radish to fill a medium jar
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp agave
Thinly sliced fresh ginger, to taste
1. Place the radish in a medium air tight jar; mix vinegar through agave in a small bowl; pour over radishes.  Top with fresh ginger. Refrigerate and use on sandwiches, salads or whatever!

  12 Responses to “Pickled Radishes Two Ways (Daikon and Watermelon Radish)”

  1. Really interesting. I never think to pickle anything – other than jalapenos.

  2. Me either. I just figured I got these radishes with my CSA so rather than waste them why not do something where I could use them!

  3. This is awesome!! I never knew watermelon radishes existed until I saw the Iron Chef (with Vitaly Paley as the competitor–a chef my fiance's family is friends with here in PDX), and the secret ingredient was radishes! I want to try one now!!!
    I am jealous of all your CSA veggie deliciousness!!

  4. Hey Dawn, Awesome! I have never thought to pickle anything and I didn't know it was so simple! That's awesome!

  5. I've signed up for a CSA this summer and I am SO apprehensive about the radish I know I'll be getting. I'm just not a fan. But I've also never seen radishes quite as pretty as those are. Or any that sound as tasty as your pickled version does. I think I might be in love.

  6. Smile! We've been trying to think of a good way to use up our radishes. This will be so tasty and fun! Thank you for sharing your pickled treat tonight. I hope that the end of your week is full of peace and joy. Your words make me smile, week after week!

  7. The watermelon radish is so beautiful pink, my 1st time seeing this.

  8. They ARE so gorgeous! Now that the radishes have sat for a few days soaking they are even better. I have been snacking on them with turkey and putting them on salads. The daikon have really started soaking up the ginger flavor. Yum!

  9. I have never pickled anything… they look terrific.

  10. This is so great Dawn! I've been wanting to do pickles for a long time but for some reason never get around doing it! I must try your recipe, this sounds so good!

  11. This is so gorgeous! I have been thinking of vegetables that I want to pickle…I wish I had watermelon squash but I am leaning towards green beans right now :-)

  12. […] got a garden overflowing with daikon at the moment. Thinking about this gingery pickled number or possibly a vegan daikon and radish cake, holy […]

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