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!