We’re growing a garden!! It’s happening! It’s the pride and joy of my covid #stayhome experience. Cleared, amended, and planted in April… and needing to be weeded almost every day since. Now that I am an official gardener, with all of 1 month’s experience under my belt, I want to share a tip with everyone: GROW RADISHES! Especially if you lack confidence and know-how, like me. Grow radishes.
Here’s why it’s radishes for the win: they mature in 22 days, from seed. So, when the rest of your garden appears to be floundering and you’re full of uncertainty, you can look towards your radishes. With their reassuring ruffles of leafy green tops popping up after just a week, you’ll know that in no time, you’ll see tiny crimson radish shoulders pushing up the dirt, ready to be harvested. And on a day when no progress seems to have been made otherwise, you can squat down and yank an edible thing out your own dirt and everything feels ok again.
Naturally, you’ll eat a few radishes on their own to appreciate the crisp sweetness and the bite of radishy heat. You’ll also, of course, slice a few to scatter on your pork tacos. Then, when you realize there is no freaking way you can throw any piece of the thing you’ve grown in the trash, you’ll make Radish Greens Salsa with the stems!
come on, now👆❤️👏
Incidentally, that was my day yesterday. I plucked these suckers from the ground and we had pulled pork tacos with radishes and this Radish Greens Salsa on top.
I’m here to tell you, savory pork and a fresh green salsa is always the way to go. But this one is THE ONE. Forget the fact you’re a root-to-stem boss in this moment, and you didn’t waste a beautiful thing – this salsa is dang good. It’s bright and punchy and so fresh and vibrant-tasting. And, it’s so simple. Literally, just rough chop your radish greens, a little cilantro, jalapeno, green onions, and a clove of garlic. Throw that all in a food processor with lime, salt, and olive oil, and pulsepulsepulse.
‘Tis all! You’re done and you are now in tart, leafy green, flavor-loaded heaven. Oh man. I hope you guys try this. And keep planting your radishes so you can also try my Roasted Radishes with Radish Green Pesto!
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Radish Greens Salsa
A bright and punchy salsa made from the leafy green tops of your radishes! It’s fast and easy and the perfect topper for pork tacos or roasted cauliflower.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2/3 C 1x
- Category: Salsa, sauce
- Method: No-cook
- Diet: Vegan
- Greens from 5 radishes, roughly chopped (about 2 C)
- 1 handful cilantro leaves and stems, roughly chopped
- 1 jalapeño, roughly chopped
- 4 green onions, roughly chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, smashed
- juice of 1 lime
- 3–4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. Add the 4th TBS of olive oil to help it come together, if needed.
Keywords: What to do with radish greens, radish stems, root-to-stem