May 012013

The moment one learns the joy of cooking is the moment things get interesting.

A whole world opens up. Recipes, cookbooks, classes, TV shows and food blogs.

It can be a bit overwhelming to the point that there are so many recipes you would like to create you ask, what will I create next? How do I choose?

And then someone makes a suggestion that sounds so amazing you just have to make that next.

Thank you Vivian.

Vivian's Rockin Root Veggie Salad

Vivian’s Rockin’ Root Veggie Salad

My friend Vivian from KyV farm created this deliciously simple recipe to use up any radishes, root veggies, fresh herbs and any hearty greens that can stand up to hanging out in some marinade.

I officially dubbed it Vivian’s Rockin’ Raw Root Veggie Salad.

Vivian's Rockin Root Veggie Salad

Vivian’s Rockin’ Root Veggie Salad

Make this basic marinated salad up once and eat 1000 different variations all week!

Add cooked beans and grains, raw nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, roasted tofu….

Stuff tacos with it or eat it as a side!

Vivian's Rockin Root Veggie Salad

Vivian’s Rockin’ Root Veggie Salad

Once you try it I think you will agree – it’s an awesome way to eat raw root veggies!

Vivian's Rockin Raw Root Veggie Salad

Vivian’s Rockin Raw Root Veggie Salad

 Vivian’s Rockin’ Raw Root Veggie Salad

Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe
Vegetables from KyV Farm


1 watermelon radish
1 golden beet (or any beet but it will color everything red)
4 large carrots (or about 3 cups)
1 small head red cabbage
1 green onion top
2 small green garlic (or 1 clove fresh garlic)
3 broccoli stems
Handful cilantro
Coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
2 tsp mustard
2 tsp agave (or honey)


1. Chop all ingredients or place in food processor to chop.

2. Whisk dressing ingredients and pour over salad mixture.

**No nutrition info since serving size may vary widely.

Dec 062012

Belonging to KyV’s  CSA/Farm Share has opened my eyes.

I never would have seen such a thing as a beautiful watermelon radish with its mint green rind and gorgeous blushing flesh.  It’s crisp and has bit of a bite and is so visually pleasing that you just have to eat it raw.

It is showcased in this dish with fresh carrots pulled from the ground the day before I made this dish. I just couldn’t throw away the abundant greens so I decided to incorporate them.  KyV’s carrot tops are not bitter and are easily confused with parsley. 

The dressing on this salad is VERY minimal.  I wanted to keep it super light to really showcase all the flavors.  If you like more dressing, feel free to add a vinaigrette or double the oil-free dressing recipe in this post.  

Watermelon Radish and Carrot Top Salad

This diet-friendly salad is lightly sweet and super fresh – the colors are reminiscent of summer but by using glorious fall/winter root veggies we get different vitamins and minerals that we wouldn’t get in the summer. 

This is one of the top reasons it is so good for you to join a CSA.  Diversification.  Just like you should diversify your portfolio – getting all these veggies you wouldn’t normally try simply rounds out the nutritional profile of your diet.  Think about this – if the only vegetable you eat is iceberg lettuce you are getting very few nutrients and the SAME ones every day.  The likely hood that you will be nutrient deficient is extremely high.  But say you add in all these various veggies – your body is so much more likely to get all the vitamins and nutrients it needs and recognizes above supplementing with a man made vitamin pill.  Food for thought right there, eh?

If you pair this salad with Mila through this holiday season you’ll likely find yourself in January more slim and svelte than BEFORE the holidays!

Mila is an amazing weight loss tool – pictured here – before and after absorbing liquids. Keep you fuller longer and displaces other calorie dense foods.

Watermelon Radish and Carrot Top Salad

Watermelon Radish and Carrot Top Salad

Serves 4 to 5, about 1 cup
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe



3 carrots
1 large watermelon radish 
2 bunches green onions
1 bunch carrot tops
Juice 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
1 tsp agave (or local honey for non-vegan)


1. Chop carrots, radish and green onions; place carrot tops into a food processor and pulse until well chopped; add all to a medium bowl.

2. Mix lemon, thyme, salt and agave in a small bowl; pour over chopped vegetables and mix well.


Nutrition Facts (estimated – calculator did not have carrot tops – however, only will add negligible amount of calories.)
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 34.1
Total Fat 0.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 188.9 mg
Potassium 239.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.2 g
Dietary Fiber 2.1 g

Sugars 4.0 g
Protein 0.6 g
Vitamin A 110.4 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 4.0 %
Vitamin C 17.3 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.2 %
Calcium 2.9 %
Copper 1.6 %
Folate 3.1 %
Iron 3.8 %
Magnesium 1.9 %
Manganese 5.4 %
Niacin 2.4 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.4 %
Phosphorus 2.0 %
Riboflavin 1.9 %
Selenium 0.2 %
Thiamin 2.5 %
Zinc 1.1 % 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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!