Happy Spring Equinox! Today we are reminded of the cycle of life as the Northern hemisphere experiences its rebirth. Although the cold still lingers, we begin to feel the energetic shift as the days stretch and the glorious sun shines longer. The beautiful buds prepare to blossom and the winter wonderland slowly transforms into greener pastures and floral landscapes. Ahh Spring.. how I love thee, let me count the ways. Before my visions of cherry blossoms and tulips carry me away, I would like to share my roasted radishes recipes with you in honor of Spring.The crisp, fresh and slightly bitter bite of this root veggie reminds me of the abundance of Earth’s lush nourishment. Radishes also hold a special place in my heart because they remind me of my childhood. I remember my grandmother making the traditional Ukranian dish of fresh radishes, creamy sour cream and fresh dill. Radishes are so versatile and can be prepared in any way your heart and palate desires. I miss you dearly grandma and hope you are proud and cooking up a feast in paradise!
How beautiful it is to witness the process of growth and the bounty that our planet provides us. Abundant in nutrients, radishes are rich in fiber, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, potassium and folate. To soften the bite and a touch of sweetness, I roasted them with some grapeseed oil and Himalayan salt. While they are delicious raw or roasted I was inspired by the beautiful, juicy blood orange and decided to make a dressing to accompany this dish. Feel free to drizzle this dressing on any other favorite dish. I hope that each bite brings you more pleasure and nourishment friends. Happy Feasting!!
2 bunches of radishes (leaves removed)
2 Tbsp Himalayan salt
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
Head of garlic
Blood Orange Dressing
Juice and pulp of one blood orange
tsp Himalayan salt
2 roasted garlic cloves
tsp unsalted grasped butter (optional)
Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut radishes in half and place in bowl. Add grapeseed oil, salt and mix thoroughly so radishes are coated well. Place radishes cut side down on baking sheet. Take the whole head of garlic, coat in oil, salt and place on baking sheet. Roast for about 30 minutes, until radishes are soft but still have a bite. remove from oven and allow to cool before indulging.
Take the juice and pulp of the blood orange, salt and 2 cloves of the roasted garlic and place in your NutriBullet, Vitamix or favorite blender. Pour into a saucepan and turn on heat to medium-low. Reduce sauce for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the butter. The butter will add a rich, luxurious mouthfeel and flavor. Pour over roasted radishes and enjoy every bite.
Happy & Healthy Cravings! 🙂