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Radish: An Underestimated Root Vegetable

Karen Alexander, Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

November 20, 2019

The radish is a member of the same plant family as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and collards. This root vegetable is easy to grow in a home garden.

Radishes are often an underestimated vegetable. Famous for their hotness, radishes contain as much potassium as bananas, they are a good source of vitamin C and are loaded with phytonutrients. Radishes come in a broad and fun variety of colors — red, pink, white, grey, black, yellow — and shapes — globelike and oblong. Interestingly, radish leaves are edible too. They are a good source of vitamins A and C and calcium, and they are especially tasty steamed or stir-fried. Although radishes can be eaten cooked, they keep their distinctive color, flavor and crispy texture when eaten raw. Try this recipe to learn a new way to include radishes in your diet.

This bulletin contains a festive-looking salad that makes a refreshing and healthy side dish during this holiday season.

Radish and Cucumber Salad

Ingredients for the vinaigrette:

  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple or agave syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Your favorite herbs, fresh or dried, chopped

Ingredients for the salad:

  • 1/4 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes


  1. Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Add the sliced onions and marinate for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, and marinate for another 10 minutes in the refrigerator. Best served cold.
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