Depending on where you live, you may not always have access to fresh produce. Even if your favorite fresh fruits and veggies are at the store, they may be more expensive during their off-season. For this and many more reasons, you should take advantage of frozen produce.
The radish is a powerhouse vegetable that packs a ton of flavor and nutrition into a tiny package. Whether you slice them thin and add them to your favorite salad or use them as a crunchy garnish for your tacos, radishes bring a fun and vibrant pop of color and texture to any dish. They’re also low in carbohydrates and high in fiber and vitamin C.
What Is a Radish?
Why Should You Eat Radishes?
They are also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and folate. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage, while potassium is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. Folate is essential for cell growth and development, making it especially important for pregnant women.
How to Pick Ripe Radishes
How to Cook Radishes
- Roast them: Roasting radishes brings out their natural sweetness and mellows their spiciness. Simply toss sliced radishes with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast in the oven at 400 degrees F for 15–20 minutes, until tender and lightly browned.
- Sauté them: Sautéed radishes are a great addition to stir-fries, salads, or even pasta dishes. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, add sliced radishes, and cook for 5–7 minutes until tender and slightly caramelized.
- Pickle them: Pickled radishes add a tangy crunch to sandwiches, tacos, or burgers. Simply slice the radishes thinly and place them in a jar with equal parts water, vinegar, and either sugar or sugar substitute, along with some salt and spices of your choice. Allow the radishes to marinate in the pickling liquid for at least an hour before serving.
- Add them to soup: Radishes can add flavor and texture to soups and stews. Try adding sliced raw radishes to a vegetable or chicken soup for an extra kick of flavor.
Recipes with Radishes
While raw radishes are delicious with a flavor of spice and zest, roasting them bring out a level of sweetness that balances the spice. Roasted radishes are easy to prepare as a non-starchy root vegetable, making them a great option for people with diabetes.
Radish Watermelon Arugula Salad
Impress your guests with this diabetes-friendly radish and watermelon arugula salad. This great summer salad showcases sweet watermelon with peppery radishes, crunchy onions, and a tangy dressing.
If you are a fan of avocado toast, try this radish toast! Diabetes-friendly and filling, this recipe is great to serve as breakfast or brunch.